Dunderbak’s Brewery “Dunderbrau”
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Russ—A Tart and Spritzy Beer-Mix Drink
Russ is a 50/50 mixture of Weissbier and lemonade. It took an amendment to the German federal beer tax law, which took effect on January 1, 1993, to make the merchandizing of Russ as a finished product legal in Germany. Because the German Beer Purity Law (the Reinheitsgebot) forbids the use of anything but malted barley or wheat, hops, water, and yeast in beer, before 1993, Russ could be made in beer gardens and at home only if blended on the spot, out of two separate containers. As a concept, Russ is related to Radlermass or Alterwasser. It is a Bavarian invention intended for Weissbier lovers who are looking for their favorite beer flavor, but with less alcohol and umph for the hot months of summer. There are several fanciful, and not always flattering, explanations as to how the beverage acquired its unusual name.
DunderKolsch, using malt from Koln. (Kolsch Style)
One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Kölsch is the local brew of the city of Cologne (“Köln” in German). It is one of the palest German beers made. It is Germany’s answer to the British pale ale. It shares a history with the copper-colored Altbier made in Düsseldorf, some 44 km down the Rhine from Cologne. Just as the British pale ale emerged from the British brown ale in the 19th century, when pale malt became readily available, so did the Kölsch separate itself from Altbier around the same time. In 1948, the brewers of Kölsch joined forces in the so-called Kölsch Convention and formalized the Kölsch style in terms of modern brewing specifications.
Weissbier, Hefeweizen, Weizen, Wheat Ale,
Another name for Weissbier or Hefeweizen. “Weizen” means wheat. In Germany, all Weizenbiers must have at least 50% malted wheat as part of the grain bill before they may be labeled Weizenbier. The rest of the grain bill is usually malted barley. For more on this style, see Weissbier. We chose to emulate Schneider Weisse . It will be a little darker.
DunderALT style beer,
One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Altbier is Copper-colored, cool-fermented, cold-conditioned, clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish. It is indigenous to the Rheinland, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border. The best known Altbiers come from the Düsseldorf, the state capital