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Visiting the brewery

Welcome to our brewery! Should you want to give a tour of it as a gift to your friends or visit us with your colleagues or your family, our guided tours always provide a unique mix of information, fun and pleasure. Experience more than 335 years of brewing live! See how crystal-clear water and select regional ingredients are turned into prize-winning Eichbaum beer specialities. And conclude the 3h-tour with a nice little snack and two of your favourite beers from our historic cellar. Or check it out here and now on a virtual tour.

1. The brewhouse

The brewhouse is that part of a brewery in which the wort is produced. For the processes, see Brewing. We distinguish between a hot block and a cold block. Then there are the bottling plants. The brewhouse is part of the hot block, which usually also consists of pre-treatment plants (malt/grain storage and transport, silos, cleaning, mill, dusting). In technical terms, it consists of the mash tun, lauter tun, brewing copper and a heat recovery system, the malt mill and the "whirlpool“ to separate the hop residue from coagulated proteins and a wort cooler. And there are water tanks for cold and hot water and iced water, a CIP (cleaning in place) system, a trub tank, a spent grain tank and a water tank to collect the last wort from the lauter tun, all fully automatic.

2. The bottling plant

These days, all bottling is usually fully automatic. Such system are very capital-intensive. The production steps include cleaning (1st step for deposit bottles), bottle neck and purity checks, bottling (1st step for disposable bottles), capping, labelling and sorting into trays or crates etc. Bottling has seen huge changes over the centuries, always being geared to the beverages and standards and needs of consumers. Beer has to be bottled against the carbon dioxide’s pressure and in an oxygen vacuum. Bottling is also subject to legal regulations regarding hygiene.

3. Loading

Loading also includes transhipment and involves ramps, warehouses etc. In order to coordinate multi-ramp loading, we employ a time window management system. Goods are loaded with conveyors and forklifts etc. Weight distribution is important in and on almost any vehicle. Responsible are usually the first officer on ships and the truck driver for trucks. Ships use the Rhein-Neckar-Hafen Mannheim. This consists of four ports (Handelshafen, Rheinauhafen, Altrheinhafen and Industriehafen) with 14 basins and 3 river ports. At 1,131 hectares, this is the most expansive inland port in Germany.

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History Eichbaum
Our history

Eichbaum was founded in 1679 as a small brewpub, and while the exact location changed, its domicile has always been Mannheim. Its traditional art of brewing in accordance with the German Purity Law dated 1516 guarantees Eichbaum beers’ top quality – since 1679.

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Brewing Beer
All about brewing

Most important in brewing is the combination of tradition and technology. After all, beer has been produced from four ingredients in accordance with the German Purity Law for five centuries now: malt, hops, yeasts and water. The balance between traditional brewing and state-of-the art technology makes Eichbaum brew beer that is not only unique but also of top quality – a real market leader...

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