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Our Vision

For us doing it the right way means that we work for the benefit of the community. We want to show that doing business in an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable manner works and try to create awareness for alternative products and correct consumption. That is why we are independent, transparent and invite you to do good with us! We follow these seven principles:

How it works

Quartiermeister ist eine Biermarkt und ein Social Business, bestehend aus einem Unternehmen und einem Verein. Pro verkauftem Liter spenden wir 10 Cent an soziale Pojekte in der Nachbarschaft. Das Unternehmen kümmert sich um den Verkauf und die Vermarktung des Bieres, während der Verein für die Mittelvergabe der Gewinne zuständig ist. Jede*r kann Teil des Vereins werden. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Unternehmen fließt der von uns erzielte Gewinn nicht in private Taschen oder Anteilseigner*innen, sondern zurück in die Gesellschaft: in Projekte, die unsere Nachbarschaften bereichern - und zwar genau dort, wo Quartiermeister getrunken wird. Du kannst entweder online oder über den Verein mitentscheiden, wohin die Gelder fließen. Bis heute konnten wir dank Menschen wie dir über 140.000 Euro an mehr als 130 Projekte in den Nachbarschaften unserer Verkaufsorte ausschütten.

Du trinkst dazu bei, dass gute Projekte in deiner Nachbarschaft gefördert werden!

Durch den Verkauf von Quartiermeister-Bier an Bars, Clubs oder Spätis entsteht in unserem Unternehmen Geld, mit dem wir zum einen unsere Kosten decken und zum anderen Projekte fördern. Der soziale Erlös ist dabei direkt an den Bierverkauf gekoppelt. Wir fördern mit einem festen Satz von 10 Cent pro Liter. Unsere Gewinne sollen nicht durch Ausbeutung von Mensch und Natur erzielt werden. Deshalb versuchen wir, unsere Wertschöpfung so regional und korrekt wie möglich aufzubauen. So erhalten auch die Brauereien und die Händler ihren fairen Anteil. Je mehr wir verkaufen, umso mehr schütten wir an gute Projekte vor Ort aus.

Our Beers

Quartiermeister "Original" is a bottom-fermented, brewed lager with an original gravity of 11.5° and an alcohol content of 5,0%. Brewed in accordance with German purity laws, Quartiermeister is not pasteurised, rather it is simply and gently filtered using the membrane filtration method. 

In this process, no animal products are used. Master Brewer Stefan Glaab describes the taste of the beer as follows:

‘Quartiermeister is a fresh, traditional, mild, palatable, craft brewed lager. The beer stands out through its powerful and compact head. The body of the beer is light and spicy with a distinct hop bouquet and bittersweet taste.’

In the main, Quartiermeister is produced using regional resources. The water (88-92% of the beer’s body) is derived from the deep wells of the Lusatian lake region. The malt is delivered from the Heidenau malt house near Dresden and the brewing barley comes from Sachsen and Thüringen. At the moment, the hops come from SPALT (near Nuremberg), the most traditional growing area of Germany. For the next harvest, the brewery has set itself the task of sourcing more available varieties of hops from the Elbe-Saale area.

 

 

 

 

 

Quartiermeister "Bio-Pils" is an organic bottom-fermented, brewed lager with an original gravity of 11.5° and an alcohol content of 5,0%. Brewed in accordance with German purity laws. There are no bitter hops in the organic beer, but three fine flavour hops Perl, Tradition and Select. Those three give the beer a special, unique and fruity taste. 

All ressources used are from organic, german farmers. We get our malt from a malthouse in Bamberg and our hops from Hallertau, the most traditional hop region in Germany. 

 

 

Since winter 2017 we have a third beer in our selection: Quartiermeister organic red beer "Bio-Rotbier". It does not only look good with his copperred colour, but also tastes amazing due to its malty flavour. The beer is a bottom-fermeted, hand crafted and modern interpretation of a red beer. This suits perfectly with our two pilsner. 

The beer has a original gravity of 12,9° and an alcohol content of 5,2%, a bit stronger than the pilsner beers. Carefully selected special and caramel malts give the beer its red colour and it's distinct malty character. 

Our brew master Matheo explains it that way: "We don't use bitterhops and use the fine flavour hops Perl and Huell Melon, which give the beer a mild and nice hop note. Huell Melon is one of the new famous hops with the flavour of honey melon and cassis. Those accents fit perfectly with the malty taste of the beer and make it unique."

 

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Unsere Biere sind handwerklich und traditionell in unabhängigen, mittelständischen Brauereien nach dem deutschen Reinheitsgebot hergestellt. Unsere Zutaten kommen durchweg aus Deutschland und im Rahmen der Möglichkeiten aus regionalen Anbaugebieten.

The Brewery

The Stadtbrauerei Wittichenau is located in the heart of Lusatia at the border between Brandenburg and Sachsen. As a family-owned business, the brewery has been independent for generations and is deeply rooted in the region. Since 1940, the Glaab family owns the brewery. The brewery has been in operation for 260 years and some of the older recipes are still used today. Beers from Wittichenau are untreated and unpasteurised. The high quality of Wittichenau beers has been singled out twenty times in succession by the independent nationwide „Brau-Ring-Qualitätssiegel“ which guarantees continuous and long-lasting quality for customers. Since March 2014 the brewery has used clean energy from hydro power to produce Quartiermeister. Cheers to that! You can read more about the brewery here at http://www.wittichenauer.de

Transparency

Quartiermeister is a social enterprise and we seek to deal with our takings in a reasonable and sensible manner, so that as much money as possible goes to the projects we want to support. In order for you to see that we mean what we say and that no money is wasted or misspent, every three months we publish a complete breakdown of our income and expenditure. Here you can see our latest transparency report:

Team

Peter

Quartiermeister Berlin
Business Manager
peter@quartiermeister.org

David

Quartiermeister Berlin
Business Manager
david@quartiermeister.org

Matheo

Quartiermeister Berlin
Production & Sales
matheo@quartiermeister.org

Sylvie

Quartiermeister Berlin
Assistance of the Executive Board
sylvie@quartiermeister.org

Association

OUR MISSION: Wir We try to reach a cultural diversity in an active neighbourhood, where even small projects have the chance to design and realise their ideas. Sadly, small projects are rarely funded by governmental funds and money is missed. This is our call to action: We see ourselves as a catalyser, partner and idea provider for the neighbourhood, as well as control body for the Quartiermeister Limited.

IN DETAIL: The association decides which projects will make it to the online voting. Other than that, the assiociation checks whether the Quartiermeister Limited is transparent and loyal with their principles. The company supplies the association with funds, gained through the beer sales. Additionally, we as association tap beer at festivals voluntarily to finance ourselves and to support other projects. We stive to be a connecting institution, where people come together, exchange and spin ideas. 

Next to dates like the general assembly, informal meetings and the project desicion making, we meet in work groups regarding diverse topics. As well, we organise Workshops, talks, partys and networking events. Concering event format, there are no limits! 

Benefits as a member
You are involved in changing society and to establish new kind of economy.
You will get to know projects in your neighbourhood and are involved in funding cultural diversity.
You will have a lot of fun at our events and get some beer for free.
You can network and get to know many people.
You will learn how democratic action is happening in reality.
You can involve yourself and your ideas!

Convinced? Contact us to get involved via mitmachen@quartiermeister.org  

Origination

Our fownder Sebastian had the idea four years ago. He was looking for a concept that makes social engagement as easy as possible, without having to spend more time and money. He got the thought to combine the consumption of a product with an added social value, a social added value that would be visible immidiately at the place of consumption. After a bar night with friends he came across the product beer. Beer is often consumed with friends, it’s a social product, everybody likes to talk about it and it’s got a lot of emotions attached to it. Drinking beer, having fun and doing good with it – how much easier can it be? So Sebastian looked for a brewery and distributed it in Berlin. After two years the brewery went bankrupt and we made a fresh start as a social business and with the new brewery in Wittichenau.

FAQ

    •    Why beer and not another product?

    •    Where exactly does your beer come from?

    •    Isn’t the connection between alcohol and the communal problematic?

    •    Why doesn’t the beer come out of Berlin?

    •    Is 170 kilometers still regional?

    •    Is the beer organic?

    •    Is the beer vegan?

    •    Why isn’t there a single recipe?

    •    Who’s the guy on the bottle?

    •    Beer for neighbourhood – which neighbourhood are you talking about?

 

 

Why beer and not another product?

For us, beer is a social product. We drink it with friends in a bar or out in the open air, we chat and have a good time together. On top of that, beer is a regional product with strong roots in Germany. For several years now, small, independent, and middle-sized breweries have suffered under pressure from the large brewery concerns. They’re either swallowed up or they go bankrupt. We want to work against this trend and preserve Germany’s colourful beer landscape and its flavoursome variety.

 

Where does the beer come from exactly?

The beer for Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Brandenburg comes from the Stadtbrauerei Wittichenau in Lusatia. Our decision for the Wittischenau brewery came about for many reasons:

    •    The beer tastes good

    •    The brewery has belonged to the same family for many generations and remains independent to this day.

    •    The beer is made from regional ingredients (there’s more about our beer here)

    •    The brewery identifies with the idea of Quartiermeister and wholeheartedly supports our work.

 

Our Munich beer comes from the cooperative brewery GutForsting. This independent private brewery is just east of Munich between Ebersberg and Wasserburg. If you’re lucky, you can see the alps from this beer-brewing idyll. As far as possible, these breweries support athletic and cultural associations and events in their regions.

 

Don’t you find the connection between beer and the communal problematic?

We acknowledge that this link isn’t entirely free of contradictions. It’s not our intention for people to consume more alcohol through us. Our purpose is to offer a good alternative to the existing beers.

Our marketing tends not to encourage people to drink more beer, but rather to connect their existing beer consumption with an added social value.

With reference to the funding of projects, we outline to the applicants how we raise the money and let them decide whether they want to work with our funding.

 

Why doesn’t the beer for Berlin come from Berlin?

Unfortunately, there were and are no breweries with whom we could work in Berlin. The large Berlin breweries are all of them owned by the Radeberger-Group, which in turn belongs to Dr. Oetker – one of Germany’s largest food companies. We’re against corporate structures because they have to prioritise short term profit for their investors over long-term community-oriented engagement. This profit-orientation leads in many instances to the exploitation of both people and nature. We want to change that and work, as much as possible, with independent, regional partners. The micro-breweries which have developed in Berlin in the last few years do brew good beer. However, in many respects they’re too small (no bottling, the beer isn’t long-lasting, too little production capacity, too costly, etc.) for a collaboration to be viable. For these reasons, our beer is brewed 170km south of Berlin in the independent and family-owned Stadtbrauerei Wittichenau.

 

Is 170 kilometers still ‘regional’?

The attribute ‘regional’ has many facets for us: we don’t deliver our neighbourhood beer beyond Brandenburg and Sachsen, so that Quartiermeister remains a regional product for a regional market, and the profits of which fund regional projects. The same is true of our beer for Munich. When we receive purchasing inquiries from areas where there isn’t any Quartiermeister, we reject them for ecological reasons. The beer is produced predominantly from ingredients that come from the region. You can see where exactly our ingredients come from here.

 

Is the beer bio-certified?

As yet, our neighbourhood beer is not bio-certified. Certainly – and this is important to us – we use no genetically modified materials.

 

Is the beer vegan?

Our Kiez-beer is in and of itself vegan. So far, however, it hasn’t been possible to use label glue that isn’t made from animal materials. This is because the properties of the glue require a different bottling method than that which the Wittichenau brewery is technically capable of.

 

Why isn’t there a single recipe for all locations?

We consciously chose to keep the beer and its taste regional. Consequently, in Munich we have a light beer und in the eastern region we bottle a pilsner. Those are the kinds of beers that come from those areas and best represent those regions. We love our multifaceted beer landscape in Germany and it serves as inspiration for our regional concepts. That’s why a Quartiermeister in Munich tastes different to one in Berlin and we think that’s actually pretty good.

 

Who’s the guy on the bottle?

The person on the bottle is the quartermaster. He concerns himself with the well-being of his neighbours. The person on the bottle is an emblem for all those who sell, buy, drink, do social projects and support their neighbourhood through Quartiermeister. In this way, we’re all Quartiermeisters.

 

Beer for the neighbourhood’ – which neighbourhood are you talking about?

Quartiermeister is the neighbourhood beer because the profits from the beer are used to fund projects in the neighbourhoods where Quartiermeister is sold. By neighbourhood, we mean specifically all the neighbourhoods in Berlin, München, Leipzig and Dresden.