There has always been a Carl at the head of the Ellingen Castle Brewery: The traditional name is passed on from father to son and goes back to Field Marshal Carl Philipp Fürst von Wrede. Although he didn't brew beer himself, he was the first owner of the von Wrede family's Teutonic Order castle in Ellingen.
The first Prince Carl originally came from Heidelberg. When he received the Ellingen Castle for his services as a royal fief of the throne and man from King Max I Joseph, Carl Philipp Fürst von Wrede moved to Bavaria. To honor their family's forefather for his courage and bravery, from then on every firstborn in the family was named Carl. The brewery in the Teutonic Order Castle in Ellingen has existed since 1690, but the princely von Wrede family only ran the scepter from 1815. Since then, the brewery has been extensively modernized and equipped with the latest technology. Today you can experience the brewing process live on site, enjoy the finest beer and homemade specialties in the breweries, in the summer you can have a wonderful rest in the shady beer garden and you can ride in a carriage or on the toboggan run. The company is managed by the sixth and seventh generations of the princely von Wrede family: His Serene Highness Carl Friedrich Prince von Wrede, together with His Princely Grace Carl Christian Prince von Wrede and Her Princely Grace Katalin Princess von Wrede, is at the helm of the Fürst Carl umbrella brand.
The Ellingen Castle Brewery looks back on a centuries-old brewing tradition and combines the wealth of knowledge of many generations of brewers with the latest technology and innovation. In the magnificent copper brewery, excellent beers are produced using craftsmanship. The raw materials are hand-picked and come from regional cultivation: hops and barley are grown by Franconian farmers, the brewing water is drawn from the brewery's own well and the yeast is a strain that has been brewed with for generations. The beers in Fürst Carl's wide range are classic styles with a modern touch and seasonal specialties such as the Josefi Bock . The royal family is committed to the region and their Franconian homeland with great commitment. As part of various events, Prince Carl celebrates beer as a cultural asset and the preservation of our ancient culinary traditions.