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    Brewing process

    Rathaus beer

    Lovingly brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 from Mount Pilatus spring water from the oldest network of wells in the city of Lucerne: cereal malt, hops and yeast - unfiltered and natural. Made with experience, patience and passion.


    The Rathaus Brauerei

    Founded in 1998 by qualified brewing engineer Eckhard Schwöbel. A meeting place in the heart of Lucerne – to unwind and linger. Located directly on the banks of the River Reuss. Under the arcades of Lucerne Town Hall (built 1602 – 1606).

    The master brewer

    Reinhard Knispel, man of the hour. Using select ingredients, he brews our beers in copper vats on-site in the Rathaus Brauerei restaurant. The precious wort flows through a 70-metre underground conduit through Lucerne’s Old Town – at the time a world first – into the fermentation and storage cellar in the Eisengasse, and then on for another 70 metres into the Stadtkeller.

    Reinhard Knispel / Master Brewer

    Watch our master brewer at work

    As a rule, Reinhard Knispel can be found at work on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 a.m. onwards.

    Care for a guided tour of the brewery?
    For groups of 6 to 15 people by appointment.
    We look forward to welcoming you!

    Your host
    Restaurant Rathaus Brauerei

    Brewed with love

    Our beers, as pure and fresh as the water from Mount Pilatus.
    Brewed by artisans – with joy and passion.

    Our naturally cloudy Rathaus beer

    Bright golden yellow, sparkling, with a light fruity hops flavour.
    12% original wort, 5% ABV

    We brew special beers according to the season:

    Christmas time 
    Christmas Bock beer
    17% original wort, 7.3% ABV

    Winter
    light, deep yellow wheat Bock beer
    17% original wort, 7.3% ABV

    Spring
    amber-coloured March beer or «Märzen»
    13.5% original wort, 5.8% ABV

    Summer
    light brown Summer wheat beer
    12.5% original wort, 5.2% ABV

    Autumn
    strong, copper-coloured Autumn beer
    13% original wort, 5.5% ABV