Neuberg beer will celebrate town's history, Germanic roots
Wolves & People is in the trial run of a beer celebrating the town where the brewery resides, but with a more Germanic spelling: Neuberg.
The idea came about when the brewery's founder, Christian DeBenedetti, discovered that town forefather Sebastian Brutscher named Newberg after his hometown in Bavaria – Neuberg an der Danau (Newcastle on the River Danube). He decided to dig further into the malting process used in a historic brewery in the Bavarian town, located a scant 50 miles from the oldest commercially operated brewery in the world, Wiehenstephan, which he had visited several times in Munich.
One thing led to another and DeBenedetti decided to brew his own Neuberg beer in the style of that area of Germany.
"I first tried this style of beer in the mid-`90s when I was studying brewing in college," he said. "I traveled to Germany and I traveled very close to Nueberg on this grant program. At the time, I didn't know the connection of Newberg's founding to this little brewing town in Bavaria. Since then it has been leading me on a one historical adventure after another. I found that Brustscher grew oats, hops and wheat, which are all ingredients in German beer styles."
After completing his research, DeBenedetti gave the unique beer a try and kegged the first run June 1 after it sat in a tank for almost two months. If all goes well, they will soon tap the keg and if everyone likes the beer it is possible Wolves & People will begin bottling the amber concoction.
"We brewed this beer according to the famous Bavarian purity law of 1516, known as Rheinheitsgebot …," DeBenedetti said. "Out of 75 beers that we've made, it is perhaps the only beer that we brewed that could come close to that old rule's strict guidelines."
Wolves & People, which will celebrate its second anniversary later this month, is located on what was once a part of Brustcher's donation land claim. The brewery's best-selling beer, Post Man, is named after Brutscher's profession.
The beer, described as having a hoppy aroma and flavor with a long dry finish, uses malts, barley and hops from Bavarian, "But 97% of the beer is pure Parrett Mountain water," DeBenedetti said.
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