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According to research, the brewing history of the city of Cottbus begins in the late 14th century. A document from this period proves the brewing rights of the town of Beeskow, which is about an hour’s drive north of Cottbus. Because Beeskow already had the brewing rights back then, it is assumed that the same applied to Cottbus. All documents from this period and the following years were destroyed in fires in the city, so the date cannot be determined with certainty. The 15th century, when the Cottbus beer market was already flourishing, is better documented. All sorts of different styles were brewed, including the Cottbuser. This special type of beer was made with raw materials from the region and contained sweeteners in addition to wheat and oats. As a rule, the brew was refined with honey and molasses. However, the heyday of the Cottbus specialty did not last long, because with the introduction of the Bavarian Purity Law in 1516, no ingredients other than malt, yeast, hops and water were allowed to be used. The Cottbuser fell into oblivion.
The brewery Sudden Death Brewing recently brought about a renaissance of the Brandenburg style. Their historic Cottbuser beer ties in with the splendor of bygone times with a traditional recipe. Its exceptional flavor profile is made up of oven-fresh biscuits and wild berries.
Waiter! Another Cottbus beer!
Brewing water, barley malt, oat malt, wheat malt, honey, molasses, hops, yeast