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The Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei was first mentioned in documents as "Köstritzer Erbschenke" in 1543, making it one of the oldest breweries in Germany. In 1806 Emperor Franz II raised the owners to the rank of prince. The brewery now becomes the "Princely Brewery in Köstritz". Köstritzer wins many friends over the years. Whether Goethe or Otto von Bismarck - big names as well as little people get the taste.

Operating successfully throughout the centuries, in 1979, extensive reconstruction works begin and end in 1990.

After the renovations a renowned family business takes over The Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei and within a few years transformed it into one of the most modern and largest breweries in Thuringia

With great success Köstritzer is again introduced in all states in Germany in September 1993. Two years later, Köstritzer Schwarzbier is the nationwide market leader for bottom-fermented dark beers. Meanwhile, it is exported to over 57 countries.