OUR BREWERIES

BREWERY LOCATIONS OF BRAU UNION ÖSTERREICH AG

From Zipf to Göss, from Kaltenhausen to Puntigam – each of the breweries belonging to Brau Union Österreich is unique. Some can proudly look back over hundreds of years of brewing history, while others were founded at the height of industrialization in the 19th century and successfully withstood the tumultuous periods during both World Wars. But they all have one thing in common: They work toward the common goal of sustainable operations. The following pages offer a brief overview of our breweries and their contributions to sustainability. More detailed information can be found online at www.brauunion.at

THE FALKENSTEIN BREWERY/LIENZ

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

30 employees
Production volume of 55,000 hl

  • The brewery was awarded the AMA ­quality seal (red/white/red pattern) – brews with hops grown in Leutschach, 100% ­Austrian malting barley and water from the brewery’s own water well.
  • Improvements were made in the recovery of thermal energy during the wort boiling process, after some modifications, the vapor condenser can now be used in conjunction with cold water, greatly improving its efficiency. 

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • The brewery promotes Austrian beer culture through innovative beers.
THE GÖSSER BREWERY/LEOBEN – “THE GREEN BREWERY”

155 employees
Production volume of 1 million hl

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • The spent grain fermentation plant became fully operational in 2016, allowing for a CO2 neutral brewing process.
  • Commissioning of a canning line eliminates the need for transportation with trucks – a plus for the environment.
  • The brewery utilizes sustainable energy from the waste heat generated by the adjacent Mayr-Melnhof wood processing facility.
  • A solar energy system (approx. 1,500 m2 of solar panels) supplies environmentally friendly energy for brewhouse operations. The brewery received the IEA SHC Solar Award 2016 in recognition of its efforts.
  • The brewery was awarded the AMA quality seal (red/white/red pattern) – brews exclusively with raw materials from Austria, such as hops grown in Leutschach in southern Styria and water from our own protected local springs.

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • The brewery advocates responsible consumption of beer – “Vernünftig genießen” (enjoy responsibly).
  • Non-alcoholic product innovation in 2016: Gösser Kracherl Holunder is a combination of non-alcoholic Gösser beer with fruity elderflower soda and a splash of lemon.
  • Cooperation projects are ongoing with different partners, such as Montanuniversität Leoben, the adjacent Mayr-Melnhof sawmill, biogas equipment manufacturer BDI, among others.



THE PUNTIGAMER BREWERY/GRAZ

335 employees
Production volume of 982,000 hl 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • The brewery uses 15,000 year old water from thermal springs extracted from two deep wells, hops from Leutschach in southern Styria, while the majority of the barley employed for the malt is grown in Austria.
  • Ökoprofit partners with the city of Graz. 
  • New fermentation tanks were installed and investments were made in a modern brewhouse automation system.
  • Two new air compressors were commissioned: electricity savings are 3% annually.

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • Non-alcoholic and reduced-alcohol product innovations were released in 2016: Puntigamer Frei Radler – non-alcoholic shandy consisting of 50% grapefruit soda and 50% non-alcoholic beer – and Puntigamer Zwei Radler – 60% grapefruit soda and 40% standard-strength beer for a final alcohol content of 2%
THE WIESELBURGER BREWERY

196 employees
Production volume of 970,000 hl

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • The brewery has increased the popularity of returnable containers through the use
    of swing top bottles.
  • The water used in brewing comes from the brewery’s own water well; the majority of the malt is produced from two-rowed
    summer malting barley from Lower Austria.
  • Investments were made in a modern combination bottling line and BrewLock plant (innovative kegging technology for 8 liter and 20 liter kegs).

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • The brewery is an official partner of “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” (a taste of Lower Austria), an initiative of the Energie- und Umweltagentur Niederösterreich (agency for energy and environment for Lower Austria).

 

THE ZIPFER BREWERY

178 employees
Production volume of 1 million hl

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Two mashing vessels were replaced in the brewhouse.
  • New construction of a silo system reduces long transport distances.
  • The lights in the hall were replaced with energy-saving LED lights, featuring lens optics divided into rows. 

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • Partnership with Amuse Bouche: The Zipf Brewery sponsors this championship for emerging talents aimed at top vocational students in the field of gastronomy. 
THE SCHWECHATER BREWERY

283 employees
Production volume of 1 million hl

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Low water consumption – a specific water consumption of 2.85 hl water/hl beer was reached. 
  • The tunnel pasteurizer was optimized in 2016 (unification of programs), thus reducing primary energy consumption.
  • A new water treatment plant for brewing liquor (reverse osmosis unit) was commissioned: Since then, the Schwechat brewery no longer requires hydrochloric acid which was previously necessary for water treatment.
  • Market leader in the can packaging segment: A 10% reduction in the weight of the ­material used for the can lids was achieved in 2015. The lighter packaging has proven itself on the market and therefore was adopted as a fixed standard in the can segment.

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • The development of bottom-fermented lager beer by Anton Dreher in 1841 was celebrated.
    The anniversary beer “Schwechater Wiener Lager” was introduced in 2015 and has been ­available in selected restaurants and bars as well as in grocery stores since 2016.
THE SCHLADMINGER BREWERY

26 employees
Production volume of 30,000 hl

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • The majority of hops used at the brewery are grown regionally in Leutschach; the barley is from Austria and the water from the crystalline bedrock of the Schladming Tauern, a subrange of the Alps.
  • Ongoing energy efficiency measures are implemented – such as replacement of the insulation of refrigeration lines and the steam line, use of timer switches, among others.
  • Pure beer has been certified by the BIO-Austria Seal: Schladminger BioZwickl and Schladminger Schnee Weiße Bio.

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • The brewery is project partner of welfare and social work in Schladming – enabling people with disabilities to find meaningful work and thus participate in professional working life and to enjoy the benefits of a structured day.
SPECIALITY MANUFACTORY HOFBRÄU KALTENHAUSEN

67 employees

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Production at the brewery is still largely manual.
  • Beer is brewed with untreated water of the highest quality; hops come from the Mühlviertel region, and the malt is made almost exclusively from Austrian barley.
  • The brewery receives renewable energy from the adjacent hydropower plant.
  • In 2017, the brewery is seeking HACCP certification.

FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY

  • A training center for beer sommeliers was developed (courses are offered throughout the year).
  • Our brewery for the production of specialty beer – e.g. a witbier was brewed according to Belgian brewing methods.
  • “Beery Collaboration”: Hofbräu Kaltenhausen brewed the “ORF Fernsehgartenbier” in 2016 with the proceeds benefitting needy families in the Tennengau region of Austria.