From “baking king” to “brewmaster


120 years have passed since paul arauner sold his pharmacy – the former lamm pharmacy – in order to become independent with his own ideas. "It all started with pure-breeding yeasts," explains current managing director and shareholder wolf freiherr von tautphoeus. "He sold to winemakers, but also wanted to help the average consumer to make his own wine."At that time, unlike today, wine was not a popular drink, but only something for the better-off and for festive occasions. This is what paul arauner wanted to change with his initiative.

A second mainstay quickly became invert sugar, at that time still called kitzinger kunsthonig (artificial honey). Quickly available energy, so that people could "quickly get something on their ribs", as tautphoeus puts it. In the times of shortage during the two world wars, that was important. Many of the older ones still remember the artificial honey of the war and postwar period, which helped through the dry years. Every day a wagon was sent to the military and at home it became a popular foodstuff.

"We still have the patent from the imperial era, from 1917."Wolf von tautphoeus is proud of this. Even though EU law has since taken effect and the product name "artificial honey" has been replaced by the term "invert sugar cream". That is why the product was given the name kitzinger backkonig. For a long time, the gingerbread bakers of nurnberg ordered it by the barrel. Today it is mainly found on the shelves of supermarkets for the end consumer. "The cake is moister thanks to the baking cone and stays fresh longer," says freya von tautphoeus, the daughter of the company owner, explaining the advantages of her product.

Arauner still sits in the venerable brick buildings at worthstrabe 34 and 36, which from the outside look more like a grunderzeit villa than the facade of a factory. It is not without reason that the buildings are protected by law. A residential area has long since been built up around the brewery, which has required some adjustments: the historic chimney, for example, had to be rebuilt. And since the new, coarser trucks do not fit through the old archway, the floor has been lowered and the delivery trucks are guided through a small depression.

The range of products on display in the small, modern store on the site has also changed.

In the 80s, the idea of making your own honey was given a major boost by the hobbythek series by jean putz. Paul arauner's concept was perfectly suited to this: accessories for the production of their own wine, juice, liqueur and many other delicacies are an integral part of the product range. Most people still know the kitzingen wine book from this time. In addition, there are instructions and seminars that build on each other. Lab manager judith walther imparts the know-how, develops it further and maintains contact with customers. She also passes on her knowledge in cooperation with various adult education centers.

Making your own food and beverages is still relevant today – and it's relevant again. The increasing number of allergy sufferers, for example, wants food from which they know for sure what is in it. So what could be more natural than processing your own raw materials?. More and more people also want to act ecologically by using products from the region. And many have also discovered that, in addition to today's fast-paced world, in which even food is becoming "convenient" or even "fast" and ready-made products are increasingly available, it can be worthwhile to produce something slowly, with care, from high-quality ingredients and with one's own hands. For some it is a hobby, for others it is a way of life.

In recent times, beer brewery sets have been added, which is not a break with tradition, even though at arauner the emphasis is on winemaking. Wolf von tautphoeus reminds us that there used to be seven breweries in kitzingen. And the basic brewing ingredients, such as malt and home-ground grain, had been available for years anyway.

Arauner started with deliveries to belgium, where there is no purity law. "The purity law is of course something that was created for a good reason; namely, to guarantee a standard of quality," clarifies wolf von tautphoeus. On the other hand, it also prevents creativity, because you can't experiment with additives or mixtures.

But this is exactly what many hobby brewers have now become interested in. Brewing your own beer has almost become a popular movement. "Craft beer" is the name given to the result: handcrafted, home-brewed beer. Individual enthusiasts and entire groups have come together to try their hand at it – with or without a purity law, curious and creative.

Laboratory manager judith walther, managing director wolf von tautphoeus, and his daughter freya attended brewing seminars and learned the ropes in order to be able to offer craft beer enthusiasts the right articles and information where the density of breweries in franconia is highest: in and around bamberg. Brewing is an art. And you have to know a few things yourself in order to pass on this art to amateurs who purchase a starter set in such a way that success is achieved. "But it succeeds," says wolf von tautphoeus.

Beer brewing seminars are also to be offered by arauner in the future, because, according to freya von tautphoeus: "it"s a great hobby, precisely because you can do it in such a demanding way. There is a lot to learn and to develop, to exchange experiences and to pass them on."

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