In 1308 the Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren, along with it’s cellars, courtyard and barns, was donated to the citizens of Kaufbeuren by Henry Twinger, a wealthy local Baron. To ensure only the highest quality beers, The Kaufbeuren Brewers Guild was formed in 1325 making a declaration that all beers produced in Kaufbeuren could only use the finest barley, hops, yeasts and the purest local waters. All other ingredients were banned. The Aktien Brewery was for evermore known for their superbly crafted beers.
In 1516 Duke William IV enacted the Kingdom-wide declaration known as The German Beer Purity Law or “Reinheitsgebot” – almost two hundred years AFTER the formation of the Kaufbeuren Brewers Guild. Even back in 1325 we were innovating – 200 years later we were still ahead of our time. 700 years after we first started brewing beer we are still going strong – ABK – The original craft beer.