Kronenbourg Brewery

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Kronenbourg Brewery
(Brasseries Kronenbourg)
(1664)
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1664
Founders Geronimus Hatt
Headquarters Strasbourg, France
Products Beer
Owners Carlsberg
Website http://www.brasseries-kronenbourg.com

Kronenbourg Brewery (Brasseries Kronenbourg) is a brewery founded in 1664 by Geronimus Hatt in Strasbourg (at the time a Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire; now France) as the Hatt Brewery. The name comes from the area (Cronenbourg) where the brewery relocated in 1850. The company is owned by the Carlsberg Group. The main brand is Kronenbourg 1664, a 5.5% abv pale lager.

History[edit]

Geronimus Hatt, who obtained his Master Brewer's certificate in 1649, started up the Canon Brewery in the Place du Corbeau in Strasbourg. His son Claude (born November 1665), succeeded his father in the trade in 1683. However, the frequent flooding of the River Ill compelled in 1850 a move to the higher terrain of Cronenbourg, an area of Strasbourg.

In 1922, the Hatt Brewery changed its name to Tigre Bock, the most well-known brand of the Tiger Brewery it had acquired to become the leading brewer in Alsace. Following the Second World War, "Kronenbourg" became the name of the company, and began international expansion. In 1970, it was acquired by industrial group BSN (now Groupe Danone), along with the Société Européenne de Brasseries (Kanterbräu). In 1986, Kronenbourg merged with Kanterbräu.

British company Scottish and Newcastle (S&N) plc acquired it in 2000 for £1.7 billion.[1] In April, 2008, S&N's operations were sold to Heineken and Carlsberg, the latter acquiring Kronenbourg.[2]

Its main breweries are located in Obernai and in Champigneulles, although the Champigneulles site is now up for sale.

Products[edit]

Kronenbourg Blanc and Kronenbourg Premier Cru

Kronenbourg 1664, the company's main brand, is a 5.5% pale lager first brewed in 1952.[3] A small amount of the Strisselspalt hop - a French aroma hop from Alsace, is used.[4] The main Kronenbourg 1664 brewery (where Kronenbourg also produces almost 300 other beer brands) is in Obernai (France), but the brand is also brewed in the UK by Heineken at its Manchester brewery at 5.0% abv, as well as in Australia by Coopers.

Other brands include: 1664 Brune; Single Malt (French name Malt d'Exception), 6.1% abv; Kronenbourg Blanc 5.0% abv. A fruity white beer with citrus notes. Available on draught and in 300ml and 500ml bottles; Kronenbourg Premier Cru 6.0% abv; Kronenbourg Cold Premier 5.0% - a super chilled variant on 1664, draught only, UK; and Kronenbourg Red 4.2% abv.[5]

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