[The History of] Ottweiler Pils / Ottweiler Brauerei

  • June 1873: The Brewery was founded by Heinrich and Carl Simon in the town of Ottweiler.
  • Even in former times – before 1900 - a strategy of diversification was used, so the brewery was producing vinegar and yeast in addition to beer.
  • 1888 Conversion to a public limited company.
  • After 1901 the brewery was named „Ottweiler Brauerei AG vorm. Carl Simon".
  • In this time six restaurants in the town of Ottweiler were managed by the brewery.
  • In 1887 the brewery employed ten people and needed two steam engines to complied with all the enquiries.
  • At the turn of the century, the beer has an alcohol degree up to 13 % Vol.
  • 1899/1900 Output of 21.000 HL, after world war I the regeneration processes slowly and the output decreases down to 5.000 HL.
  • In 1935 after the reconnection of the State of Saarland to Germany more than 15.000HL are being brewed.
  • In the 1960s, an expansion strategy is implemented, and with the help of the Karlsberg Brewery, which is only 30km away, the business continues strongly.
  • In 1964 the brewery changes its production to beer specialities.
  • Finally the shareholders of the brewery decide to sell their shares to the Karlsberg Brewery and the „Ottweiler Brauerei AG vorm. Carl Simon“ becomes part of the Karlsberg Group. Karlsberg is a modern and after the International Food Standard certificated brewery in Homburg which attachs importance to the quality and saftey of all their products.
    Since that time, the Karlsberg Brewery brews in the name of the Ottweiler Brewery and is proud of the brand "Ottweiler Beer" which is sold in more than 45 countries all over the world.
    For strategic reasons the production is transfered in 1983 to Homburg where the Karlsberg Brewery has its plant.