The history of brewing goes back over 5000 years, when beer is found in the culture of many nations. Brewing technology continuously evolved over that period and reached its heyday in Germany, where in the Middle Ages special requirements for raw material for beer production were defined. The recipe of German beer – malt, hops and water – is enshrined in the 1516 Bavarian «Decree on the Purity of Brewing” (Reinheitsgebot), which still remains intact. Over the centuries, in addition to the German requirements regarding ingredients, requirements concerning the quality of the equipment have also been added.The technology used by the Karl and Friedrich brewery is an example of the right German approach to the beer production. It uses traditional methods to decoct mash in specialized equipment and the fermentation process employs the classic Bavarian technology of open fermentation. Advanced technology combined with the best raw materials provides an excellent result!
You can get acquainted with beer secrets and characteristics during a tour to Karl and Friedrich brewery. The doors are open daily to our guests. You will see how and where the beer is brewed, learn to distinguish between the different varieties and understand why we are so proud of our brewery.
On 1 June 2012, Karl and Friedrich unveiled even more beers which are even better than before!
In spring 2012, Karl and Friedrich launched a new brewery built to specifications created especially for the brewery by the Bavarian company Caspary. Caspary traces its history all the way back to 1788. And for centuries the profession of brewer was passed from father to son in the Caspary family until brewmaster Rudolf Caspary founded the family company, which is now widely known throughout the world. Today, there are more than 150 breweries that have been designed and built by Caspary.
The opening of the new Karl and Friedrich brewery is a great event for St. Petersburg. It sets a new standard for the production of beer in Russia and allows local patrons to learn about the unique experience of brewing.
On the recommendation of Caspary, Karl and Friedrich appointed Alexey Chernysh as the head of its brewery. After graduating in 2002 from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in biochemistry, Alexey began his career as a brewer at the first Karl and Frederick brewery. Later, he studied with German master-brewers Ralph Brandes and Helmut Neumann.After that Alexey went on to become the master-brewer in one of the Caspary breweries where he stayed for six years. And in 2009, Alexey worked in the Indian city of Pune at the invitation of Oliver Shauf, one of the world’s most famous brewers. While at the Corinthians Club brewery there, he brewed a special Russian Imperial Stout.
Currently a member of the Petersburg Guild of Brewers, Alexey Chernysh is the official representative of Caspary GmbH in Russia.
KARL I – light barley unfiltered bottom-fermented beer. This Pilsner-type beer has a delicate hops aroma and pronounced bitterness. Made of light barley malt and subtly aromatic hops.
KARL II – semi-dark (golden) barley unfiltered bottom-fermented beer. This is a Lager-type beer that has a mild, slightly sweet taste and a malty flavor. Made of light barley malt, Munich malt and aromatic hops.
KARL III – light unfiltered wheat beer fermentation. The flavor of this beer is characteristic of Weizen-type beers, in which you can sense notes of banana and cloves, and involves the use of special yeast. The flavor and high levels of carbon dioxide make wheat beer extremely popular, especially in the warmer months. Made from barley and wheat malt and hops.
FRIEDRICH – dark unfiltered bottom-fermented barley beer. In a broad sense this is a Lager type. In Germany, this beer is called Dunkel. It is a dense and strong beer with a sweet caramel flavor with the taste of bread and a slight malty bitterness. Made of light barley and Munich malts, caramelized and roasted.
SEASON BRANDS: Gryunhopfen, Christmas, Marytovskoye, Oktoberfest, and Maibock.