Not long ago, scientists at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen made an extraordinary discovery in the old cellars – bottles of the very first Carlsberg beers brewed with the original yeast from 1883. The discovery led to a year of intense research in order to extract living yeast cells from the bottle.
Surprisingly, the yeast survived 133 years in the beer bottle in the brewery’s old cellars and using sophisticated techniques, Carlsberg Research Laboratory re-brewed the world’s very first quality lager, “the father of most modern day lager beers”, brewed with the original pure yeast first developed at the Carlsberg Lab which revolutionised the world’s beer brewing in 1883.
In 1876 the Carlsberg Foundation was set up by JC Jacobsen to manage the Carlsberg Laboratory and support Danish scientific research. The Carlsberg Foundation became the owner of the Carlsberg Brewery in 1888 and it owns 30.3% of the shares in the Carlsberg Group today. Find out more at www.carlsbergfoundation.dk
“The Laboratory is renowned for some of the most extraordinary inventions of the past century ranging from Professor Dr Emil Chr Hansen’s method of purifying yeast to the invention of the pH scale, the concept of protein structures and the characterisation of enzymes,” explained the Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Carlsberg Research Laboratory Professor Flemming Besenbacher.
In celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Carlsberg Laboratory leading scientists and brewers re-brewed the world’s first quality lager in the most authentic manner, using the original pure yeast and the exact same recipe, ingredients and brewing techniques from 1883.
And so that today’s beer afficionados get the chance to taste ‘Rebrew’, that limited-edition original recipe Carlsberg Lager from the world’s fourth-largest brewery, was launched in Denmark back in April.
Then it was Ireland’s turn as the first country outside Denmark to get a taste.
Alongside this Rebrew offering at Dublin’s Science Gallery were some of the other beers in the Carlsberg range (unfortunately not available here).
These included Carlsberg Dark Lager, Carlsberg Pilsner Plus and Carlsberg India Pale Ale which are all available in Denmark.
London will get the chance to taste Re-brew later this month.
For further information, please visit www.carlsberg.com/#!rebrew