The Würzburg Hofbräu is the only brewery in Würzburg, Germany. It was founded in 1643 by the Franconian Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn and is deeply rooted in the region of Lower Franconia. At that time there were many Swedish soldiers in Würzburg, which made emptied many of the wine stores of the city. Therefore Prince Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn founded the brewery. Since the brewery was a good source of income, it was also supported by his successor bishops.
In memory of the founder of the brewery the crown of the prince bishop decorates the brewery logo. The slogan of the Würzburg Hofbräuhaus, "Enjoy under a lucky star," refers to this.
During the 19th Century, the Würzburg Hofbräuhaus became an internationally active company. It exported in 1887 as one of the first German breweries in the United States. As of 2011 it exports to buyers of brewery products in the United States, Italy and China. The Würzburg Hofbräuhaus is primarily a regional brewery in Lower Franconia.
Since 1993 the brewery was technically modernized and expanded in subsequent years through strategic acquisitions. In 1999, the takeover of the royal brewery Wächstersbach and Wernerbräu GmbH 2011 Lohrer was feeding the brewery, which today is called Tusker beer GmbH. Since 2005, the Würzburg Hofbräuhaus GmbH is owned by the Kulmbach Brewery.
- "Brewery" on the Würzburger Hofbräu website
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