The Symposium Programme

Admission: 31 May 15:00 hours

Location: VLB, Seestraße 13, 13353 Berlin

Welcome to the guests

Presenter Sylvia Kopp takes over

Talk by Ulrike Genz, Berliner Weisse brewer, Schneeeule brewery: The History of Berliner Weisses

Talk by Richard Preiss, Escarpment Laboratories, Guelph, Ontario, Kanada: Reviving and Recontextualizing Berliner Weisse Brettanomyces Strain


We were lucky to access a number of old bottles of Berliner Weisse in summer 2017, with bottling dates ranging from ~1970 until 2005. From these bottles, we were able to isolate more than 20 Brettanomyces strains. An initial exploration of these strains was presented at 2018 Carnivale Brettanomyces. Berliner Weisse tends to contain both Brettanomyces bruxellensis and Brettanomyces anomala. We have since been testing these strains in lab-scale trials and one strain is commercially available. Berliner Weisse-derived Brettanomyces strains appear to have unique flavour profiles which present new opportunities to both properly reproduce true Berliner Weisse, and explore the use of these yeasts in other contexts.

Tasting of different Berliner Weisses


Talk by Jace Marti: Innovation through Tradition: Pushing the Boundaries of Berliner Weisse at August Schell Brewing Company

Theory and methods behind Berliner Weisse production at August Schell Brewery. Jace will give some historical context, go in depth on traditional methods used at August Schell Company, the theory behind it, and what they are trying to accomplish with their sour beer program. For these talks, 5 different beers will be sampled out that cover a diverse range of flavor profiles within the Berliner Weisse style of August Schell.
The Brewery August Schell Company from New Ulm, Minnesota, was founded in 1860 by the German emigrants August Schell and Jacob Bernhardt, has been a family-owned company since 1866 and now has a yearly output of approx. 130,000 hL. August Schell brew a wide range of beers focusing on German beer styles.
Jace Marti is the brewer behind their Berliner Weisses.

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