Fürstenberg Brewery

The Fürstenberg Brewery (German: Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei) is a brewery located in Donaueschingen, Germany. It has been a subsidiary of Brau Holding International since 2005, before which it was owned by the House of Fürstenberg, a German noble family.[1] Among other offerings, the brewery produces pilsner, export, and wheat beer, primarily serving southern Germany.

Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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TypeGmbH & Co. KG
LocationDonaueschingen, Germany
Coordinates47°57′5″N 8°30′1″E / 47.95139°N 8.50028°E / 47.95139; 8.50028Coordinates: 47°57′5″N 8°30′1″E / 47.95139°N 8.50028°E / 47.95139; 8.50028
Key peopleGeorg Schwende
Annual production volumeApprox. 800,000 hectolitres (680,000 US bbl) in 2011[1]
Owned byBrau Holding International
EmployeesApprox. 200[2]


The counts (later princes) of the House of Fürstenberg first received a brewing right in 1283.[3][1] The brewery began its transition into a large brewery in the 18th century, when Anton Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg began construction of a large brewery at the present-day site in Donaueschingen.

As the brewery grew, it began to export over the newly created railroads in Germany throughout the 19th century, making it an early adopter of long distance distribution. The brewery began to make pilsner-style beers in 1895. The brewery received a royal warrant of appointment from Wilhelm II, who designated Fürstenberg Pilsner as his table beverage.[4]

Since 2005, the brand has been owned by Brau Holding International, a joint venture between Heineken and Schörghuber, with the intention of operating as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary.

Every year in late winter, the brewery produces a seasonal Fasnet beer for Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht.

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  1. ^ a b c Rütschlin, Klaus (21 October 2011). "Fürstenberg: Die Beschwörung des Wir-Gefühls". Badische Zeitung. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gilg, Michael (12 August 2014). "Wie sich badische Brauereien erfolgreich behaupten". Badische Zeitung. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Fürstenberg Brauerei", in Sauwettertipps, Supplemental magazine of the Bodensee-Ferienzeitung. Issue 2/2009. Südkurier GmbH Medienhaus, Konstanz 2009, p. 13.
  4. ^ "Die Geschichte der Brauerei 1801-1900". fuerstenberg.de. Fürstenberg Brewery. n.d. Retrieved 29 January 2017.

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