Both Now and in the Past:
Good Beer Needs History and Stories
The chronicle of our brands extends far into the past and is influenced by big names such as Robert Leicht, Carl Dinkelacker, Ernst Imanuel Wulle and David Sanwald. Throughout the years and right up to the present day, our beers have continued to boast the unmistakable character that makes each individual variety extremely special. Our strong brands of Dinkelacker, Schwaben Bräu, Sanwald and Wulle have always been based on the same belief, which still rings true today: only the best ingredients and a great deal of passion create the best beers.
Ernst Imanuel Wulle founds a brewery and names it after himself.
Robert Leicht lays the foundations for Schwaben Bräu in the German city of Stuttgart.
Carl Dinkelacker founds the brewery that bears his name in Stuttgart. In the very same year, a new main building containing housekeeping facilities, a malthouse, a brewhouse and a machine house was constructed.
In spring, the first glass of Dinkelacker beer is served. From an economic viewpoint, however, the first years of operation of the young brewery are difficult because the local competition is extremely tough due to a multitude of well-run breweries.
Nevertheless, the brewery soon achieves success, which, according to a chronicler of the time, is thanks to the “pronounced quality awareness of Carl Dinkelacker and the company's close contact with its loyal clientele”.
Schwaben Bräu is Germany’s first beer to be supplied in a motorised vehicle, namely in a truck from the company Gottlieb Daimler.
A new malthouse and a new brewhouse are created at the Dinkelacker Brewery.
Dinkelacker Brewery launches the sale of bottled beer in order to meet the growing demand.
On 4th February, a Stuttgart newspaper writes: “The Dinkelacker Brewery has reached new heights within a short period of time to become one of the largest breweries in the region”. At this time, over 30 horses and three railway carriages are already required in order to supply the brewery's beer to its customers.
Carl Dinkelacker is the first brewer in Stuttgart to brew a beer using the Pilsner brewing method – CD Pils, which still enjoys a highly prized reputation.
The brewery now employs 140 staff members and achieves an output of 140,000 hectolitres.
David Sanwald founds a wheat beer brewery bearing his own name. In the same year, Schwaben Bräu flows from one of the first automatic bottling plants for beer.
The First World War results in challenging times for the brewery. With what a chronicle from the 1930s refers to as “a frugal approach to needs and a simple approach to lifestyle, but above all a tireless zeal to work”, the distinguished industrialist Carl Dinkelacker successfully guides his company through this difficult period and the subsequent economic crisis.
Carl Dinkelacker passes away. His two sons Carl and Alfred assume the management of the brewery and continue to develop and expand the company – with success. This comes as no surprise given that the sons have grown up in their father’s brewery. At the beginning of the Second World War, the brewery's output reaches almost 300,000 hl.
In the course of the war, production falls by two thirds. Not until the 1950s does the brewery recover and its output begin to increase.
Carl Dinkelacker Junior passes away, followed by his brother Alfred in 1965. After the latter’s death, his son Peter continues to manage the brewery, together with Dr Heinz Ammon. At this time, over 700,000 hl of beer are being produced every year.
Dinkelacker showcases its beers in its own tavern at the New York World's Fair. Lufthansa also serves its passengers fresh Dinkelacker beers.
Wolfgang Dinkelacker, the grandson of Carl Dinkelacker, joins the brewery's Board of Management.
Dinkelacker Brewery takes over the long-established Wulle Brewery from Stuttgart und also acquires Sanwald Brewery six years later. This step not only confirms the brewery's leading position in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, but also increases its annual output of beer to over one million hectolitres for the first time.
Dinkelacker Brewery takes over Sanwald Brewery.
Stuttgart's two largest traditional breweries, Dinkelacker and Schwaben Bräu, merge.
With the installation of new fermentation and storage tanks, Dinkelacker owns one of the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly brewing plants.
The brewery becomes part of the international brewing group Interbrew. After a further merger with the Brazilian AmBev Group, Interbrew becomes InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, a short time later.
Wolfgang Dinkelacker, the great-grandson of the company founder Carl Dinkelacker, buys back the independence of Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu from the world’s largest brewing group InBev.
Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu GmbH & Co. KG is named "Stuttgart’s best employer". The company also wins the special "Quality" award.
The family brewery celebrates its 125th anniversary by launching its naturally cloudy "Jubiläumsbier" (Anniversary Beer). It is also awarded the German "Bundesehrenpreis" award for many years of outstanding product quality.
Today, Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu GmbH & Co. KG is located in the heart of Stuttgart. With its around 300 members of staff, it is one of the largest independent family breweries in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and produces the famous brands
Dinkelacker, Schwaben Bräu, Sanwald and Wulle.