Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is brewing beer for the anniversary

1200 bottles with “Mein Wegbier”
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Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is brewing its own beer for the anniversary

Students from the university’s oecotrophology department have developed their own recipe and brewed “Your Wegbier” at Gleumes in Krefeld.

Brewing beer is “in” – your own beer from the local climes brings the tradition of small house breweries back to life. Now the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences has also gone brewing: it made its own beer for its 50th birthday. “Dein Wegbier” is the name of the top-fermented beer that combines the characteristics of Altbier and Pilsener beer. The beer was developed by students from the Oecotrophology Department under the direction of Professor Georg Wittich. The beer is distributed to friends, sponsors and employees of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences for the anniversary.

The project in the bachelor’s program in food sciences started in the winter semester 2020/21. “We copied the idea from the University of Bonn,” reports university spokesman Christian Sonntag. For the 200th anniversary of the university, they had their own wine there. “We thought the idea was great, but from our region, of course, wine doesn’t fit as well as beer.” And since the campus in Mönchengladbach has its own brewing group, the work assignment followed a little later.

The students had the task of developing several recipes and checking their feasibility. In the end, there were four recipes to choose from; one had failed right away: that of the bread beer, which students had developed a long time ago as part of a project. With this mixture, the malt is replaced by all sorts of fresh ingredients that cannot be processed by the baker. “They wanted to put the beer in bottles, but we were worried about how long it would keep. That’s why the recipe was ruled out. ”The decision was then made in favor of a top-fermented beer, which impresses with its fruity, floral aroma. A real “full-bodied beer”, as project manager Georg Wittich emphasizes.


  Brewing in the Gleumes brewery: the students of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences Svenja Müller, Christina Wormsbecher and Lukas Heinemann.

Brewing in the Gleumes brewery: the students of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences Svenja Müller, Christina Wormsbecher and Lukas Heinemann.
Photo: Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

The beer gets its special note from the mix of Altbier yeast used and Pilsener malt. This mixture provides the taste and the strong blonde color, which is reminiscent of beers from Bavaria. At the same time, there is a regional connection to the Lower Rhine, which is famous as an Altbier location, through the related yeast.

The brewing took place on July 12th at the Gleumes brewery in Krefeld. Their boss, Antonios Arabatzis, accompanied the brewing process together with the students. “Overall, we only brewed a relatively small amount for breweries and therefore needed a small brewery as a partner,” says Sonntag. “Gleumes was ideal there.”

After almost six weeks of storage, the beer was then bottled in Duisburg near Rheinfelsquellen in 0.3-liter Stubbi bottles, which were labeled with the anniversary branding of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. The name “Dein Wegbier” refers to the claim “Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way ”as well as the anniversary motto“ Trailblazer. 50 years of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences “.

The beer has an alcohol content of 4.8 percent. Initially 1200 bottles were produced. These are intended to benefit employees and students. Will there be a continuation of the action? “Well, you should never say never,” says university spokesman Christian Sonntag with a wink.

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