Wanting to honor people and situations that marked the progress of beer, we will try to present people who today are recognized as top personalities for the beer and for the work they left us as a legacy. Personalities, which in their time can be challenged, be sidelined or simply not recognized.
Significant presence on the history of beer was a personality who lived in the 19th century. The history marked him as a man without manners and perhaps the rudest man in Bavaria, according to his father. Of course the world will bow down to the greatness and the imagination of this man much later, after all his instincts in brewing was always right.
Born in Vilshofen small village near Munich in Bavaria, nobody had imagined what fate reserved for Josef Groll. Born August 21, 1813, second son in the family, the germ of brewing flowed in his blood as his father was a brewer.
He Collaborated with Martin Steltzer, the nearby borders of Bohemia. Steltzer was the founder of the brewery Burger (German: Bürgerliches Brauhaus, English: Burgher Brewery) in Pilsen and asked the already recognized value Groll to produce a high quality beer. To accomplish this Groll, smuggled from Bavaria local yeast for bottom fermented beers. He combine it with the local variety of hops, the famous Saaz, soft water from the area and British pale malt to ferment for the first time on October 5, 1842 , a beer of Pilsner type, the original Pilsner Urquell. The beer was given to residents for the first time on 11 November that year. The success of Groll due to the fact that he had the necessary experience, from the family brewery in his country and in the same spirit that had Bohemia with Bavaria, which allowed him to store ice in the winter (remember, there were no refrigerators then) in order to be able to drop the temperature during the fermentation.
According to Pete Brown, is not the first time someone produced a lager (Golden Lager) as we believed at that time. Simple (simple as it may be) for the first time, someone was able to ferment a beer with the combination of ingredients, which became a guide for many beers later. It is a fact that 95% of beers today are based on this combination.
In now a day Groll, he will be disappeared along with his grand grand children not because of his age, but because a company will commit him against a high salary. In comparison though, Groll on 30th of April 1845, he was history, as his contract wasn’t renew from the brewery. Rumors say that this was because of his attitude and his rudeness and not to his diligence and performance. So he was forced to return to his homeland where he set his father brewing. He died at the age of 74, on October 22, 1887, in his favorite pub Wolferstetter Keller, drinking what else but beer, and by making “dude” others rather than him, as far as the economic.
For posterity, however, took care of the beer and style as consumption Pilsner in the world due to the recipe (blend) of Groll. The family brewery no longer exists. However places are located in brewing Wolferstetter, which still produces a beer, the Josef Groll Pils.
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