Hacker-Pschorr Brewery traces its ancestry back to 1417 when the Hacker brewery was founded in Munich
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, 99 years before the enactment of the Reinheitsgebot
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Purity Law of 1516.
In the late 18th century, Joseph Pschorr bought the Hacker brewery from his father-in-law. He subsequently founded a separate brewery under his own name. His two sons divided his estate by each taking control of one of the two separate breweries. In 1972, Hacker and Pschorr merged to form Hacker-Pschorr, but the beers were sold as separate brands well after 1975.
The brewing process has remained virtually unchanged for over 580 years.
It used to be imported to the U.S. via Star Brand Imports, based in White Plains, New York
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and part of Heineken International.
Bartenders will usually note that Hacker-Pschorr is one of few beer
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s which does not say "For Export Only" on the keg. Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is the most popular of the company's beers, "100% natural. Brewed with pure spring water, Hacker-Pschorr's centuries-old, exclusive yeast strain, Hallertau
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hops and 60% malted wheat and 40% malted barley." 5.5% alcohol by volume. 4.3% alcohol by weight. Original Gravity 12.5%. 156 Cal/12USoz(mL)serve. Bitterness 13 EBU. Beverage Testing Institute Rating - 94 (Exceptional).
AssortementHacker-Pschorr produces 15 different products, some of them are only seasonally available
- Münchner Hell
- Münchener Gold
- Braumeister Pils
- Münchner Dunkel
- Münchner Radler
- Hubertus Bock
- Oktoberfest Märzen
- Anno 1417
- Hefe Weisse
- Dunkle Weisse
- Leichte Weisse
- Naturtrübes Kellerbier