In the winter of 2016, the two people from Augsburg, Enzo Frauenschuh and Matthias Gruber, founded FrauGruber Brewing (FRAUenschuh + GRUBER = FrauGruber) and brewed their first beers as Gipsy Brauer (contracted brewers) in the spring of 2017 in the Old Factory in Gundelfingen. Within the next 3 years, FrauGruber managed to permanently export her beers to over 20 countries.
It quickly became clear that all the ideas, experiments and further developments would be very difficult to realize without our own brewery and the freedom that comes with it. In order to grow quantitatively and conceptually, FrauGruber had to grow. We managed to realize our dream of owning our own brewery in January 2020. This is how we achieved our goal of creating a way of life and building a community with which we could share the enthusiasm and passion for beer. For us, it's about testing and experiencing the incredible diversity of beer, acting sustainably and, above all, giving beer a higher value.
It is important for us to have the greatest possible influence on technology and the raw materials used. Regionality is a big issue for us, which is why we have our own malting barley of the Steffi and Marthe variety grown by four farmer friends and then malted in a nearby malthouse.
While in 2019 there was still around 11ha (approx. 60 tonnes) of cultivated area, we were able to increase this to around 40ha (approx. 220 tonnes) in 2020. This ensures that we do not have to work with new high-performance varieties that are only bred for yield and resistance, but in which the things that are important to us (full-bodiedness, fermentation behavior, technological processing, etc.) have taken a back seat.
We also grow the 13 yeast strains used in production ourselves in order to be able to control both the quality of the yeast and the quantity of the yeast cells ourselves.
We source the international hop varieties used from countries such as the USA, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and of course Bavaria either directly from the hop farmer or from our partners worldwide. Fortunately, we can trust them 100 percent because they know and share our quality standards.
All this effort is essential for us to make FrauGruber beers FrauGruber beers, simply FRAUGRUBERLICIOUS.....