DAB – The Beer that Made Dortmund Great
1867 is the founding year of the Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei, better known just by its acronym of DAB. The new brewery in the industrial heartland of Germany, the Ruhrt District, came into being at a propicious time: Only a year arlier, Prussia under Otto von Bismarck, allied with 17 northern German states, had defeated Austria ? a victory that kicked Germany’s industrialization into high gear. Germany had had a late start in the Industrial Revolution, but, with political consolidation spreading rapidly, the coal and still boom moved into full swing. The only seriuous rival to Prussian ambitions on the Continent was France, but the Franco-German War (1870-71) resolved that issues with a swift Prussian success, which prompted the southern hold-outs, Bavaria, Wrttemberg, Baden and Hesse to join the North German Alliance. With the declaration of the German Empire (Deutsches Reich) in 1870 and the proclamation of King William I of Prussia as German Emperor in Versailles in 1871, Germany joined the ranks of England and France as a major European power at the end of the 19th century.
From the start, DAB beer was not only drunk in Dortmund. In 1868, the city only had 36,000 inhabitants, hardly a large enough market for a major brewery. The company’s beer was soon distributed through the newly established German Empire to cities as far afield as Knigsberg (today’s Kaliningrad in Russia) and Cologne and it was not long before it made its debut on the international scene. In 1879, DAB beer was already exported to Holland, Belgium, France, India, Japan and Australia.Export business was very important for DAB from the late 19th century onwards. As time went by, DAB not only became popular throughout Europe but also found enthusiastic customers on all the other continents.
The growing world-wide popularity enjoyed by DAB beer was no accident, but the logical consequence of outstanding quality. The pale Dortmund brew, the only beer bottled by DAB for many years, was always produced from the finest ingredients by state-of-the-art brewing processes. In 1881, Prof. Carl Linde himself personally supervised the installation at the DAB brewery of the refrigeration machine he had pioneered. Nowadays, DAB is still one of Germany’s major export brands and is represented in 20 countries throughout the world. Today, DAB is part of the Radeberg Group, the beverage arm of the Oetker groupe of companies.
German Beer Institute