In 1860, German immigrant August Schell broke ground for the August Schell Brewing Co. and paved the way for a 153-year-old family tradition. In 1891, the thriving brewery was passed on to August’s son Otto, a Berlin-trained brewmaster—whose many improvements to the brewery included the construction of the brew house and cellars, which are still used today. Four generations later, current President Ted Marti and his son Jace, also German-trained brewers, revived a very rare cypress fermentation tank, purchased by Alfred in 1936 and located in a cellar built by Otto, for their newest Berlin-style wheat beer series: the Noble Star Collection.
After occupying Berlin in 1809, Napoleon’s troops adoringly referred to the tart and effervescent white beer of the city as “The Champagne of the North.” In honor of this beer style, its history, and our great state motto, we’ve crafted “Star of the North,” our interpretation of a traditional Berliner Weisse. We used an authentic mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria from Berlin for fermentation and aged it in one of our original cypress wood lagering tanks from 1936. The long secondary fermentation in the wooden tank allowed the defining characteristics of the beer to develop. It was then hand-filled and bottle-conditioned, which allows it to continue to develop and evolve. Enjoy this beer straight in a pokal glass or mix in a shot of sweet raspberry or woodruff syrup, as is traditionally done in Berlin.
Original Gravity – 8o Plato • 3.5% Alcohol By Volume • 4 International Bitterness Units • Serve in a Pokal glass • Malts: Pilsner, Wheat • Yeasts: German Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus (Bacteria) • Maturation Vessel: Schell’s original 1936 cypress wood lagering tanks. • Beer Statistics: 60 U.S. Barrels, 12 x 750ML Bottles
About August Schell Brewing Company
August Schell Brewing Company, located in New Ulm, MN, sits atop the same site it was built on in 1860. With its sprawling grounds, beautiful gardens, Schell Mansion and deer park, the brewery is a tourist destination for any beer lover. Schell’s boasts a proud heritage of 153 years of continuous family ownership and specializes in craft beers. In addition to the line of specialty beers, Schell’s also produces Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt Premium Light and Grain Belt Nordeast.