In the winter of 2016, Enzo Frauenschuh and Matthias Gruber founded FrauGruber Brewing (FRAUenschuh + GRUBER = FrauGruber) and brewed their first beers as gypsy brewers in spring 2017 in the Old Factory in Gundelfingen. Within 3 years, FrauGruber managed to export her beers to over 20 countries on a permanent basis. It quickly became clear that all the ideas, experiments, and further developments would be very difficult to implement without having your own brewery and the freedom that comes with it. In order to grow quantitatively and conceptually, FrauGruber had to grow. We managed to realize our dream of having our own brewery in January 2020. This is how we came to our goal of creating a kind of “way of life” and building a community with which we can share the enthusiasm and passion for beer. It’s about testing and living the incredible variety of beers, acting sustainably and especially about giving beer a higher value.
It is important for us to have the greatest possible influence on technology and the raw materials used. Regionality is a big issue for us, which is why we have our own brewing barley of the Steffi and Marthe varieties grown by 4 friendly farmers and then malted by a nearby malt house.
While in 2019 there were still approx. 11ha (approx. 60 tons) of cultivation area, we were able to increase this to approx. 40ha (approx. 220 tons) in 2020. In this way, we ensure that we do not have to work with new high-performance varieties that are only bred for yield and resistance, but in which the things that are important to us (full-bodiedness, fermentation behavior, technological processing, etc.) have receded into the background.
We also grow the 13 yeast strains used in production ourselves in order to be able to control both the quality of the yeast and the quantity of yeast cells ourselves.
We obtain the international hop varieties used from countries such as the USA, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and of course Bavaria either directly from the hop farmer or from our partners worldwide. Luckily, we can trust them 100 percent because they know and share our quality standards.
All this effort is essential for us to make FrauGruber beers FrauGruber beers, simply FRAUGRUBERLICIOUS…..