Freigeist Germany

Freigeist was originally conceived as the higher-capacity offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary and extremely tiny brewpub, Braustelle. Led by co-founder and historical beer fanatic Sebastian Sauer, the “Free Spirit” gypsy brewery challenges the stylistic conservatism that had prevailed in much of the country by reviving and updating unique, regional beer styles, many of which disappeared only a few decades ago. Because mainstream beer has always been of higher quality in Germany than in any other nation in the world, the “craft revolution” had until recently been ignored as unnecessary, but Freigeist has been a valuable torch-bearer for re-identifying the country’s more quirky, creative and, in particular, local brewing traditions. Its beers are at once challenging, in the modern craft beer style, and remarkably drinkable, per timeless German custom.

 

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Brewery Website: www.bierkompass.de

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Freigeist Abraxxxas

Inspired by the rare and nearly-extinct eastern German tart wheat beer once known as “Lichtenhainer”, Abraxxxas is sour and complex, with a balancing smoky maltiness. As freakily drinkable as it is challenging, this ale was deemed an instant classic upon it’s release in the U.S….

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