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Rothaus Brewery

At an altitude of 1,000m, Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG – the highest brewery in Germany – is nestled in the trees in the Upper Black Forest, in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

The brewery is situated on the northern edge of the village of Grafenhausen, a mere 30 minutes from the border with Switzerland (and only an hour from Zurich airport).
Rothaus Brewery Grafenhausen
State owned since 1806, the 230-year-old German brewery is something of a national treasure. Still conforming to the 'Reinheitsgebot' or 'German Beer Purity Law' of 1516, Rothaus beers epitomise the doctrine of quality and consistency.

A fervent passion for carefully cultivated, world-class, regional ingredients; brewed using traditional recipes; in a modern, state-of-the-art brewhouse – Rothaus Brewery in South West Germany has become a pilgrimage for beer fans the world over. 

Rothaus Brewhouse
Don't let 230 years of brewing heritage fool you into thinking that Rothaus is in any way an old fashioned brewery. From the earliest years, the brewery has had a reputation for investing heavily in then, modern innovations. 

In 1875 Rothaus introduced a specialised railroad car, a more powerful steam engine and amongst other forward thinking technologies, a new drying kiln for malt production. Just twenty years later, Rothaus invested in a motorised delivery truck.

Despite being devoted to traditional recipes, regional ingredients and local craftsmanship, Rothaus have always been at the fore. No surprise then, that their state-of-the-art bottling line can fill over 76,000 bottles per hour. 

Rothaus Packing Line

A line consisting of more than thirty different machines, contributed from more than a dozen suppliers, the automated sorting line can sort a jaw-dropping 3,200 crates per hour.

The trademark aluminium foil around the Rothaus bottle necks is pressed on without glue. Certified to be hygienically drunk from the neck, everything is recyclable and proudly, everything is unconditionally vegan-friendly.

Rothaus is an environment-led brewery and a world-leader in sustainability. For example, an ultra-modern membrane filtration system employed in Rothaus' own biological water treatment plant enables the brewery to return their effluence to the Mettma river as European standard "bathing water". The resident beavers seem to approve!

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