Warsteiner Pilsener Beer History

The name Cramer has been synonymous with WARSTEINER since 1753. Today the ninth generation of the family, Catharina Cramer, carries on a long tradition of brewing excellence, backed by a rich German heritage, a high quality product range and a clear strategy to continue shaping the future of the German and the international beer market.

A Tradition of Brewing Excellence

In 1753, farmer Antonius Cramer was asked to pay beer tax for the first time as his home brewing volumes surpassed the volume allowed for personal consumption. Little did he know that his actions would kick-start a long-standing brewing tradition in Warstein – a small town located in the middle of the beautiful Arnsberg forest, in the heart of Germany’s Sauerland region.

Since that date, the business has gone from strength to strength. In 1803, Caspar Cramer built the original building, the Warsteiner Domschänke – a small brewing pub in the centre of the village. The industrial revolution in the second half of the nineteenth century provided Warstein with some crucial transport links, and when Albert Cramer Sr. became the family’s first brewmaster to hold a diploma, the company’s future as a modern, professional leader in the brewing industry was sealed.

Soft Water makes a Difference

In 1927, the discovery of the Kaiserquelle – a natural reserve of extra-soft water in the Arnsberg forest – signalled a change in the production process. The soft water of the Kaiserquelle today still feeds the water tanks of the Warsteiner Brewery, and contributes to the unique taste experience of Warsteiner beer.

Expansion and Brand Development

As demand grew, so did the need to expand and in 1976 the production site moved from the centre of town to the Waldpark Brewery on the southern outskirts of Warstein. Output continues to grow and today, this facility sets a benchmark for the entire German – and indeed European – beer industry. A well-focused international strategy over the last 20 years means WARSTEINER is now consumed across the world and appreciated for its consistently high quality.

Over nine generations, the Cramer family’s strong leadership has successfully turned a regional brew into a global, industry-leading brand. In 2006, the addition of Catharina Cramer to the executive management team signalled a turning point in the company’s history, as she became the first woman to hold such a senior position.