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Veltins ranks number 7 among Germany's best selling breweries.
The small guesthouse brewery of Franz Kramer opened its simple wooden gates in 1824. Clemens Veltins took over the brewery in 1852. The new name, Brauerei C & A Veltins, came from the twins Carl and Anton Veltins who took over the company from their father in 1893. Veltins brewery produces the well known and highly regarded Veltins Pilsener beer. Susanne Veltins has directed the company since 1994.
Veltins owns the naming rights to the football stadium Veltins-Arena of German Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen. It is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe. The stadium hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Kriesel curve at the Winterberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is named after the brewery.
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