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Brewery celebrates 375th anniversary

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5. November 2007

When the English order "a pint of lager" in a pub they are probably unaware that this pale ale was invented in the Schwechater brewery in Lower Austria. The brewery's roots date back to 1632.

Founded in 1632, the Lower Austrian Schwechater brewery can look back on a successful company history. The biggest 'leap' was made by Schwechater in 1839, when the brewery owner at that time, Anton Dreher, discovered the pale ale known as 'Lager'. This was followed in 1877 by the first cooling machine, invented by Carl von Linde, and used in Schwechat. Today Schwechater has around 30% market share in Austria in the canned beer market. The Schwechater brewery fills around 87,000 0.33 litre cans of beer per hour (not only Schwechater, also other brands of the Brau Union). In addition, the nation's largest logistics centre of the Brau Union is situated in Schwechat. 10 years ago productivity was around 8,000 hectolitres of beer per employee, today it is around 14,000 hectolitres per employee. In 1978 the Schwechat brewery was integrated into the Brau Union Austria, formerly Brau AG. Before this, since 1935, it was owned by the Mautner Markhof family. The range includes Schwechater Lager, Hopfenperle, Zwickl  and Radler (shandy).

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