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Bamberg -- World Beer Heritage City
In 1993 UNESCO (United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared Bamberg to be a World Heritage City. On November 14th of this year the EBCU (European Beer Consumers Union) declared Bamberg to be a World Beer Heritage City. With 9 breweries (producing over 60 different beers), 2 large malting facilities (Weyermann Malz and Bamberger Mälzerei), the world’s oldest manufacturer of brewing systems (Kaspar Schulz) and the Franconian Brewery Museum, there is quite a lot of brewing culture for a city of only 70,000 people. In addition, there are over 100 breweries within 25 miles Bamberg.
In a ceremony in the brew house of Brauerei Faessla, Thomas Perera and Jos Brouwer representing the EBCU presented Johannes Schulters, director of the Franconian Brewery Museum (FBM), with a plaque inscribed: “The European Beer Consumers Union is pleased to declare the City of Bamberg as a World Center of Brewing Tradition and Beer Culture in recognition of its contributions to the Art of Brewing”. Also in attendance where the brewers from Brauerei Fässla, Mahrs Bräu, Heller Bräu (“Schlenkerla”) and Brauerei Greifenklau and Fred Waltman and Tom Rierson representing FranconiaBeerGuide.com (OK, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time!)
The EBCU was founded in 1990 to be an umbrella organization for national beer appreciation groups. The founding members were the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) from the UK, Promotie INformatie Traditioneel Bier (PINT) from the Netherlands and Objective Bierproevers (OBP) from Belgium. Organizations from Norway, Sweden and Denmark have joined as full members since the founding and there are affiliate members from France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Poland and Estonia. The goals of the EBUC are the Preservation of European Beer Culture, the Promotion of Traditional Beers, the Support of Traditional Breweries and the Representation of Beer Drinkers.
The FBM was founded in 1979 to provide information and education on traditional Fraconian brewing culture. In 1984 it moved into a former brewery on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery in Bamberg. On display are antique brewing equipment and breweriana from active and closed Franconian breweries. It currently lists over 80 breweries and 400 individuals as members (of course, I am one!)
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