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Freigeist Bierkultur

We are proud to introduce four delicious German beers from one of our newest labels, Freigeist Bierkultur. Ottekolong, Pimock, Abraxxxas, and Hoppeditz belong to Freigeist, the specia label of Braustelle, a tiny decade-old brewery in Cologne run by Peter Esser and Sebastian Sauer. Esser -- the brew master -- uses the Freigeist label to create unusual beers, riffing on traditional beer styles to make something interesting and unique.

Ottekolong, which in local parlance means, “water from Cologne,” is the basic beer from Freigeist. Based on the local Cologne specialty, Kölsch, Ottekolong is an unfiltered Kölsch-style beer, but with more IBUs than is typical for German Kölsch. Also, because it is unfiltered it isn’t technically legal to call in Kölsch in Germany.

Pimock is a slang word to describe a non-local who is attempting to speak Cologne slang, but failing to do it properly. A clever name for a beer made in a non-native style! Pimock is an unfiltered Hefeweizen, but brewed with native Kölsch yeast. Because of the Kölsch yeast, it differs in taste from a Bavarian Hefeweizen in that it doesn’t have the typical yeasty, sticky and banana-like aromas. It is also more heavily hopped than a traditional Hefeweizen.

Esser named Abraxxxas after a character in one of his favorite novels. He says, “Abraxas contains both good and evil, like all human beings. No one is just good or just bad.” With that in mind, he created Abraxxxas, inspired by an old East German beer style called Lichtenhainer, which is a sour wheat beer brewed with smoked malt.

At the annual spring carnival in nearby Dusseldorf, a puppet named Hoppeditz symbolizes the sins committed during carnival and is ceremoniously burned on Ash Wednesday. Esser named his strong Altbier, Hoppeditz, after the puppet and it has five types of malts (including one smoked malt to represent the burning) and five types of hops.

We are delighted to represent Freigeist Bierkultur because Sauer and Esser’s beers possess the qualities we’re always looking for: they are delicious, interesting, and made with thoughtfulness. The beers themselves may not be exactly traditional, but they were made with tradition in mind. Cheers!



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