Authentic German beer brewed locally in a castle!

By Andy Brantley

Every brewery has a distinct atmosphere and feel. Imagine walking into a castle with a “Great Hall” and a biergarten and ordering German ales and lagers brewed by a German family using malt and hops shipped in from Germany. The décor, even down to the tiled floor, is Germanic. The walls of the Great Hall are adorned with family memorabilia. Every beer served uses the appropriate glassware. No shaker pint glasses here! And even the serving staff wear dirndls and lederhosen.

Brewer Nico, his brother, Stefan, father, Wolfgang, and mother, Ilona “live, breathe, think, and work all components of the Schulz Bräu Brewing Company in a valiant effort to bring German excellence and authenticity to Knoxville.”

The family brews beer according to Reinheitsgebot, which is the German purity law. Beers are created using only the best water, malt, hops, and yeast without preservatives, chemicals, or GMOs. Beers showcased during our visit include Hefeweizen, Schwarzbier, Radler, and a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maibock. In addition, guest taps provided local beers including IPAs and stouts.

Photo Credit: Schulz Bräu Facebook

The Great Hall’s soaring ceilings and glass wall gives guests views of the 30-barrel brewhouse. The biergarten outside continues the grand experience outdoors. It is one of the coolest places in East Tennessee to enjoy an evening beer and listen to live music or enjoy weekly movie nights. With plans to open a fully-functioning kitchen this fall, guests will be able to complete their experience with the bratwurst and Schnitzel.

Tradition dictates the importance of proper glassware. The purpose is to enhance the flavor and aroma of the beer. Depending on the style, the glass may also be designed to enhance the color or clarity of the beer. For example, the Weizen glass is crafted to allow for headspace since beers served in this glass, such as a Hefeweizen, have a beautiful, frothy head. A Stange is designed for “delicate” beers such as an Altbier to help accentuate the flavors and aroma. Typically reserved for higher-gravity beers, the Goblet is one of the coolest Schulz Bräu glasses. It feels great in your hand and could possibly make you look more sophisticated than you actually are!

In Schulz Bräu, the family have truly created a taste and feel of real Germany, with a personal touch. Prost!