In Zscheiplitz the last day of winter was all about snow. In Berlin, on the contrary, the weather was mild and dry. Nothing could prevented 25 guests to enjoy the evening of Saxon cousine and wine, as well as some freshly brewed Zscheiplitz Klosterbier. The evening was held organised by the EAT!BERLIN food festival at the REINSTOFF – trendy Berlin gourmet restaurant, awarded with two Michelin stars and 18 Gault & Millau points.
Located at the historic Edison courtyards in Berlin-Mitte, where Germany’s first light bulbs were manufactured a few decades ago, REINSTOFF is a true team-work of chef Daniel Achilles, business economist Sabine Demel and their service team, assembled around maître Jan-Willem Berendsen and sommelier Pascal Kunert.
Modern maps place our village in Saxonia-Anhalt. Historically, however, Zscheiplitz was the very birthplace of the county, and then the duchy of Saxony. “For more then a century our castle was the residence of the saxon Count Palatines. It is also a birthplace of Adalbert, Archbishop of Hamburg, one of the regents for Emperor Henry IV. We consider it not only our duty, but a privilege to resurrect royal saxon recipes, find best and purest ingredients, discover original brewing methods and formulas. After all, count palatine was expected to please not only the court, but the emperor himself,” said Kadri von Hahn, founder of the brand Pfalzgrafenhof Weissenburg/ Kloster Zscheiplitz.
However, the history was not the only reason for Zscheiplitz Klosterbier’s selection. “We were positively surprised by the outstanding freshness, clear, yet intriguing character, smooth, but lasting aftertaste of this remarkable beer”, said one of the guests of the evening. Another guest found the label design “outstanding, a true revelation in the way a heritage brand can present itself…”.
Zscheiplitz Klosterbier is the only craft beer brand of the Unstrut region, otherwise known for its outstanding white wines. The beer is made according to the ancient monastic recipe, brewed with well water, best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops. The first batch was made in September 2015 and is a first in a series of heritage brands to be released later this year. In early 2017, as a part of the region Saale-Unstrut, Kloster Zscheiplitz is to be recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.