The guys behind the young label Lieber Waldi almost surprised themselves a bit with their love and passion for beer. It was clear to them that drinking beer was pure joy and that experimenting in their own kitchen was great fun, but when their first bottle of beer stood in front of them, their happiness was overwhelming.
Dear Waldi was created during the Corona period. The two founders, Julian Waldner and Dustin Liebenow, suddenly had a lot of time on hand due to short-time work and pandemic-related restrictions. They had a choice: Do they spend their new free time drinking or brewing beers? The choice fell on brewing, although one or two beers were certainly enjoyed during the process. They had already brewed before, but now they had the chance to put their project through its paces. The two Cologne residents come from the Sülz district, which is affectionately known as Veedel Sülz in the Cologne dialect. The local specialty is of course Kölsch, but even the most die-hard Kölsch fan wants something different in his beer glass every now and then. As real Cologne residents, Julian and Dustin can understand this contradiction and wanted to offer their valued fellow connoisseurs a befitting alternative to the classic. The first beer of the label that was just being created was produced in their own kitchen: the enthusiastic team brewed their first product and were so convinced that it was soon served in the first pubs and bars in Veedel Sülz. Of course, this was not only due to Dustin and Julian's enthusiasm, but above all the wonderful taste of their beer. Dear Waldi was born and the brewing could begin.
The unusual name of the label is derived not only from the enthusiasm for the dachshund itself, but also from the names of the founders. Liebenow and Waldner quickly became Lieber Waldi. Extremely fitting, because Julian and Dustin are big fans of the dachshund: his joy of life, his daring nature and his cute sausage shape are simply adorable. Friends' dachshund Fredo served as inspiration and, according to legend, was the model when the brewery's logo was designed. When the first beer was brewed and the first tidal wave of compliments and praise came in, Dustin and Julian decided to make their brewery official. They began their wild life as cuckoo brewers and rented rooms at long-established breweries in order to produce their beer there using professional equipment. Since then, Lieber Waldi has stood for beers with character and taste.