German-Style Beer IN THE USA!! | Feat. Kirk from Zwei Brewing

German-Style Beer IN THE USA!! | Feat. Kirk from Zwei Brewing

So what kind of beer is it that you specialize
in? Ah, German beer. And where are we right now? Fort Collins,
Colorado. Hey everyone! Dana here and today I’m hanging
out with Kirk Lombardi of Zwei Brewing, a brewery here in Fort Collins, Colorado, that
specializes in German beer. Thank you so much for being here with me today,
Kirk. My pleasure. It’s really cool to have you
both here and it’s gonna be a good day. So my first question for you is: the Zwei
in Zwei Brewing, that’s because you and your brother started this, is that correct? That’s correct. And how long have you been here? We opened
last August, um, so we’ll be a year old next month. Originally we were Zwei Brüder. – Okay. – Which
is “two brothers.” We got into a little bit of trademark problem with a brewery in Chicago called Two
Brothers in English. So now you’re Zwei Brewing. Let’s do a little tour! Okay, so what are we looking at here? Alright, so, over here’s our brew house. It’s
a ten barrel, which, ah, in German terms I think is about 12 hecto. Three vessel system;
mash ton, hot liquor tank, and brew kettle. And we keep it nice and dirty ’cause we kind
of like the look of that, that tarnished copper. Maybe clean it once a year or so. This system’s
kind of designed to make lager beer. That’s, that’s what we love around here, so that’s
what we do. It seems like right now in America, German
beer is getting more popular. What do you think is the reason for that? What makes it
so popular right now? Um, I don’t know. It’s, well one, it’s one
of the untouched niches that – Okay. – are out there. Two, it’s just, you know, it’s
the subtle simplicity, I guess you could say of German beer. It’s just really simple, straight
forward, easy drinking, sessiony, you know. I think in the past, Americans only really
got imported German beer. – Uh-huh. And, ah, whenever that beer travels that far it gets
kind of damaged. – Okay, yeah. – So when you taste a fresh product, it’s really a whole
different world. – Gotcha. Gotcha. These tanks right here are kind of special.
You don’t see those too much in American breweries. They’re horizontal lagering tanks, and they’re
designed to help produce those lager beers. So they lay on the side because it helps allow
more contact with the yeast with the beer, and helps that long maturation phase lager beers need. How long does it take for the beer to go from
start to finish, coming out the tap? Um, good question. So, it’s kind of based
on the strength of the beer. – Okay. Most of our, like, our sessiony weight beers like Pilsner
or Helles are about six weeks. – Okay. And then if we’re getting into, like, Doppelbock
or Märzen or something like that, it’s, it can be eight to twelve weeks. Okay. And as for the ingredients; are those
from America from Europe? Where do you get the ingredients from? We use entirely German ingredients – Wow!
Okay. – in our beer. Except for the water, of course. Predominantly we use a company
called Weyermann Malt. It’s in Bamberg. But, ah, we do use some other stuff. But, um, yeah,
so all the malted barley’s from Germany. Our hops are contracted out of Hallertauer region.
– Okay! – And then we use a lager strain from monastery cloister called Andechs. Oh yeah, of course, we know that. That’s just
a little bit out of Munich. – Yeah, yeah. – Cool. It’s a really cool place. Ah, so this is the, the malt storage area. And all this came from Germany? It’s all German except for this little pile
right here. – Okay. This is Canadian for our American beers, but ah… – Okay. And what then initially got you and your brother
interested in making German beer? Well, we both took a trip over to Munich and
Austria and I think we were already into making German beer before that, but that was
kind of the ah-ha moment. – Uh-huh. Okay. We kind of both fell in love with the styles – Yeah. – and, I guess, culture and all that, so it was a – Okay. – just a, something we thought
would be fun to do. And then you came back here and you said, “Okay, we’re gonna do it. We’re gonna make this happen.” Yeah. We worked for another brewery for about
twenty years – Okay. – making all types of different beers, but our, whenever we had the
opportunity we would make a German beer. And those are the beers we’ve won medals for and
had a lot of success with so. So I’ve got my cheat-sheet here. I’m starting
with the Helles. That’s Munich style golden lager. Tastes pretty authentic. I need my sorbet. This isn’t going to be very
scientific. Okay, that’s my favorite so far. Mr. German Man confirmed the authenticity
of the Helles and said that that one was his favorite. Thanks so much for being here with me today.
It was a pleasure to have you. Thanks for showing me around, thank you. – It was cool. – And for the beer of course. Thank you so much for watching. All links
to Zwei Brewing down in the description below. Be sure to go and check them out. Until next
time, auf Wiedersehen! We try to keep true to the German purity,
beer purity law. Yeah, this Reinheitsgebot. – Yeah. Good. – So
what is that and, so you, you keep to it then? As best as you can. We, we do. Um, so, basically, my understanding
of it is, you know, it’s water, malt, hops. Originally yeast wasn’t involved but, and
yeast, so – Yeah. – that means you can’t add, like, CO2 to the beer. – Okay. – We have to
use naturally carbonated beer. You can’t add chemicals or clarifying agents to the beer.
Um it’s all, you know, straight forward pretty simple stuff. – Yeah very cool. Also no blueberries
in your beer or anything like that. – No fruit. Yeah. – Yeah, we dabble in some American
styles too, but, yeah, for the German stuff we keep true to style. – That’s awesome. Very
cool. – Yeah.

71 thoughts on “German-Style Beer IN THE USA!! | Feat. Kirk from Zwei Brewing”

  1. Please tell them they printed one of their T-Shirts with a wrong sentence: 'Ein mehr Pils, bitte' isn't correct German. It ought to be 'Ein Pils mehr, bitte'.

  2. As a german Barkeeper and Ex- Pub Owner I think the American Beer Culture is underrated. In Germany the People just think about "Light" Beers which tastes like bitter Water when they think about US Beer. Actually the CRAFT Beer Scene is growing in the US and they make great beers since the past 2 Decades.

  3. The trademark thing is funny, because there is also a German company called Zweibrüder, they produce famously awesome LED flashlights/torches, and as far as I know they are also the official German distributor for Leatherman Multitools. They are somewhere near Stuttgart, I think.

  4. So youre in Colorado…and did you already made us of some recent Law Changes there? 😉 Come on go to a Vapour Lounge and smoke some Weed 😉
    And dont do the Error which many People do and think "hmm i better start with a Tea or some Cake"…hell no thats not a Good Idea…they are highly dosed in America and in the Liver the thc gets the 11-Dihydroxy-THC-Metabolite which is like 5x stronger and also different and less enjoyable…
    New People should start with Vaporizers and a Indica-Dominant Strain (thats the weed which just makes sleepy relaxed,stoned not high ;))

  5. There is a clear difference Between American Beers and German Beers.
    The German Beers,when you drink the first..taste mostly bitter and not very nice,but when you drink some more it gets better and better
    The American Beer is the other way..its good on the first beer and than gets worse and worse with the follow ups.

  6. I hope you helped them with their Wrong T-Shirts 😉
    "Ein mehr Pils bitte" is wrong…it should be "Noch ein Pils bitte" 😉

  7. Are you aware that the music you use while you test the beers is the opening theme of "Germany vs. USA" or is it a coincidence? 🙂

  8. Mmmm, beer. Especially good beer. I love visiting breweries – thanks for the behind the scenes tour! …now I'm thirsty…

  9. Is the shirt with the city sign (wappen) of Ingolstadt (my hometown) on the wall because of the reinheitsgebot that came from ingolstadt or is there any other connection? By the way if someone is wondering: It is a panter or pantir which in heraldic represents the power of Christian belief and is the nemesis of the dragon 😉

  10. You have B roll, why not use it to cover up those jump cuts? Other than that, interesting content. Have a great one.

  11. Sorry, but this "bavaria is germany" makes me angry.
    Helles and wheatbeer is only in bavaria. The rest of germany drinks other beers. Lager, Pils, Alt, Kölsch, etc.
    Oh and the rest of germany don't wear Lederhosen and Dirndl.
    Its some kind of sickness. When you see a video about "germany" in 90% only bavaria.

  12. Dana the Hallertauer region isnt far from munich, u should visit the home of the hops at least once in your life:P
    i used to work at my uncles Hopgarden every summer ^^

  13. Have you ever visited the Brewery in Ansbach, just a few kilometres north of Munich? It´s a great place to visit, too! You can take a tour through the brewery museum and climb up the Hundertwasser Turm at the end of thr tour. Of course you get a beer for free at the end. The tower is awesome and has completely been styled by an artist.

  14. Nice video and good for them to start brewing German style beer with authentic ingredients, but there is one thing they for sure still have to learn – and no, I am not talking about the missing head, because that is something regional and doesn't actually change the taste of the beer – no, I am talking about how to draw a beer.

    You NEVER, EVER let the beer touch the tap! This is totally unsanitary and additionally you will get some air into the beer (which is bad for the taste).

    And while we are at it: if your beer runs over the top of the glass because you pour too fast (or too much at one time), then you're doing it wrong, too. A little spill can happen, but I literally cringed seeing that beer running down on the side of the glass while he was pouring it.

    This is how it should be done:

  15. "ein mehr Pils bitte" is incorrect German, I'm afraid 😛 You got it right on the other T-Shirts, though (unless I nitpick the capitalization and the missing comma 🙂 )

  16. Colorado is a great place for drinking beer. There are so many micro breweries and their stuff tastes awesome. I took as much as I could fit into my bag back to Germany.

  17. Try Altbier please 😀 Just as in addition to taste and "adventure" but that's thing of the rhinelands here. There is even "Kölsch" thats pretty "drinkable"… 😀 But I'd love to taste more American beers. Would be awesome to taste.

  18. the bar it self does not look all to cosy and welcoming … like a warehouse frontroom equiped with bar stuff in a total rush , the only places that can top this are ugly berlin night clubs (discos) with shiddy techno music and Trinkhallen in Frankfurt am Main ….

  19. That T-Shirt!!! 😀 "ein mehr Pils bitte!" xDD I guess it's a bad translation of "one more pils, please!"^^
    In Germany we say "Noch Ein Bier/Pils, bitte!", like the shirts beside^^

    btw, the best german beer is "Ur Krostitzer" !! 😀 take a taste 😉 and if you like the darker ones, try "Porter" 🙂

  20. i know a few people who have been in the us and they said the american beer tastes like piss. that was a quote and all of the ones who tried it said that.

  21. "Mehr" doesn't fit with Pils. I would use "noch ein … ". They also write "bitte" with a capital B. So the t-shirts need some further work. But german beer in the US is great, I was in a brewery in Milwaukee.

  22. drinking "german" beer in Colorado  sounds so ridiculous to me. If you are a german in Amsterdam oder Colorado , you wont drink beer. You wanna smoke legal MJ 😀
    dont you?

  23. The German "Reinheitsgebot" (puritiy law) is a myth, used as a well designed marketing slogan. The latest regulation is not very much older than two decades. It's from 1993 and it allows lot of additional ingredients.

  24. Germans have to learn the lesson that the world champion of making PILS is coming from the USA. Germans are still going strong when it comes to Stark Biere, Doppel Bock, Eis Bier.
    Ask yourself why german beer lost it`s leading role. Might have something to do with the neo-liberal ideology of german management and the concentration of large breweries aso:

    And as a add info to our US friends: Beer isn`t the fav drink of Germans, it is mineral water 😉

  25. Am i the only one thinking, that he is in fact flying the wrong flag in his store? I mean if he's selling german beer he should be flying black red and gold instead of stars and stripes. Or am i wrong?

  26. It's good to know this exists in FT. Collins. I've been in FT. Collins a couple of times on company business, but that's about 10 years ago. At that time there was a belgian brewey in FT. Collins. I wonder if it still exists. I liked their beer back then. If I should ever get to Ft. Collins again I will surely visit this place, but it has become quite unlikely that it will happen. Anyway, thanks for your video.

  27. funfact: when i was in 7th grade, we had to learn the process of beer brewing in biology class…

  28. Some of the best beer we've tried in Germany came from the Weltenburger Kloster. Their Asam Bock is dark and delicious. Hard to find in the US but not impossible.

  29. Where's the foam, though? I guess there's limits to the authenticity. But, well, you also have to tend to your customers…
    But as a German, if someone handed me a beer without foam, I would assume it had gotten stale.
    Plus, the t-shirt-slogan thing mentioned several times already…

    That being said, I like the idea of recreating German beer in the US. As far as I can see, all complaints in the comments are just details, so… go Zwei Brewing.

  30. After this video we know for sure the guy's not a klingon. You were holding that tribble next to him the whole time and it remained calm.

  31. Dana you and Mr. German Man should do more of these types of videos then send them to the Travel Channel and try to get your own show! Great stuff!

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