Bitburger goes USA

Three Bitburger brewers, 7,000 kilometers, one goal: Jan Niewodniczanski, Stefan Meyna and Stefan Hanke traveled to Mills River in North Carolina to meet their brewing friends from Sierra Nevada and to serve – for the first time ever – their jointly brewed festbier at the annual Springtoberfest. Cheers!

Cheers

One last beer before the long flight to Asheville: The prospect of twelve hours of traveling makes you thirsty. Cheers ;-)

Jan Niewodniczanski, Stefan Meyna und Stefan Hanke in North Carolina

The Hazy-Van is coming

Picked up at the airport in style by the cult Sierra Nevada Hazy Van – and a cool Bitburger Premium Pils.

Die Sierra Nevada Brewery

Impressive: The Sierra Nevada Brewery in North Carolina

Built in 2015 and lovingly called "Malt Disney" by its fans, it's a true paradise for beer lovers.

Jan Niewodniczanski und Stefan Meyna bei einer Führung in der Sierra Nevada Brewery

On the trail of a hoppy taste

The best raw materials, decades of experience and a lot of brewing creativity – such as storage in wooden barrels – inspire the Bitburger brewmasters on their tour of the Sierra Nevada Brewery.

Jan Niewodniczanski blickt in einen Sudkessel der Sierra Nevada Brewery

Brewing kettles made in Germany

Nice to know: Founder Ken Grossmann acquired the copper brewing kettles in Germany. A number of details inscribed with German terms can still be discovered today.

Die Bitburger Brauer verkosten Biere in der Sierra Nevada Brewery

Brewing experts among themselves

Brewers from Bitburger and Sierra Nevada discussing brewing tradition and their passion for beer. A tasting in the brewery's own taproom is a must.

Biere der Sierra Nevada Brewery

From pale ale to lager – beers of all kinds

What makes the Sierra Nevada beers so special are the varied hops aromas. A special experience for the palates of the Bitburger brewers that have been spoiled by our Pils.

Jan Niewodniczanski und Stefan Meyna bei einer Bierverkostung in der Sierra Nevada Brewery

Finally: Our festbier!

The Bitburger and Sierra Nevada brewers share a first taste of their festbier before it's presented to the Springtoberfest visitors the next day.

Jan Niewodniczanski beim Fassanschlag in der Sierra Nevada Brewery

Barrel tapping – O'zapft is!

Jan Niewodniczanski tapped the first barrel of the jointly brewed festbier with a determined blow – and the Springtoberfest could begin!

Deutsches Festessen in der Sierra Nevada Brewery

A piece of German culture in North Carolina

It wasn't just our festbier that brought a touch of Germany to the USA. The Springtoberfest guests’ culinary needs were well catered for with pretzels, sauerkraut and bratwurst.

Braufreunde unter sich - Bitburger und Sierra Nevada

Friends will be friends

Brewing together, celebrating together: The brewers from Bitburger and Sierra Nevada raise a glass of their festbier, together with a lot of enthusiastic visitors.

Jan Niewodniczanski und Brian Grossman stoßen an

The best is yet to come

Our festbier was just the beginning of a wonderful brewing friendship. The best is yet to come. So...stay tuned ;-)