Karlsberg (Brewery)
Karlsberg is one of the largest breweries in Germany
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; the Karlsberg Group also owns various other beer brands. It is called Karlsbräu outside of Germany to differentiate it from the Danish
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 brewing company Carlsberg.


Established 1878 in the city of Homburg
Homburg, Saarland
Homburg is a town in Saarland, Germany, the administrative seat of the Saarpfalz district. With a population of c. 44,000 inhabitants, is the third city in its federal state. The medical department of the University of Saarland is situated here. The city is also home to the Karlsberg beer brewery...

, Saarland
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 (then part of Bavaria
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), the brewery was named after the nearby hill and castle (the castle was built in 1755 and later destroyed by French revolutionary
French Revolution
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 troops). Karlsberg's ownership has been handed down through generations. The current owner, Richard Weber, is the great grandson of the brewery's founder.


Karlsberg's brands include Karlsberg, Beckers, Ottweiler and Kasteel which includes Kasteel Cru
Kasteel Cru
Kasteel Cru is a lager brewed in Alsace, France. Kasteel Cru Rose is also brewed in Alsace with a hint of elderflower & elderberry. Kasteel Cru Rose is a fine, crisp lager with a distinct rose-like colour and a clean, sparkling taste...

, a lager
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 brewed in Saverne using champagne yeast.

The Karlsberg Group

The Karlsberg Group also owns and distributes other beer brands, among them the German brewery Königsbacher
Königsbacher is a brewery in Koblenz, in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany. Since its foundation in 1689, it has a tradition of brewing beer in the Old Brewery in the historic center of Koblenz. In 1992, the Königsbacher Brewery was taken over by the Karlsberg Group...

 (in Koblenz
Koblenz is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck and its monument are situated.As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the...

) and the French brewery Brasserie de Saverne
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. The juice producers Merziger, Klindworth and Niehoffs Vaihinger belong to the company. In 2001 Karlsberg acquired controlling interest
Controlling interest
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 in the Mineralbrunnen Überkingen-Teinach company from Nestlé
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, including Afri-Cola
Afri-Cola is a cola soft drink produced in Germany. The trademark Afri-Cola was registered in 1931 by the company F. Blumhoffer Nachfolger GmbH. The same company also produced Bluna, an orange soft drink. Today the brand belongs to the Mineralbrunnen Überkingen-Teinach AG...

 and the mineral water brands Staatlich Fachingen and Hirschquelle out of the Black Forest
Black Forest
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. Alcohol-free drinks today make up more than 50% of the company's turnover
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(of 691 Million Euros in the fiscal year 2004/05).

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