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ANSWERED on Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:25 pm UTC by q21

Question: Lowenbrau Original beer availability in the USA

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Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 2:37 pm UTC

Question

nautico
Customer

Where in the USA, either in liquor stores or from online sources, is Lowenbrau Original beer currently available?

This beer was one of the first foreign beers to be imported into the USA, following closely behind Heineken in the mid to late 1950s, but after Miller Brewing Company stopped making the Americanized version in 2002, the beer pretty much disappeared from American shelves. From that point on, Lowenbrau began directly exporting its brand from Munich, adding "Original" to the name in order to differentiate it from the earlier Americanized version.Its history is detailed in the following Wiki article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%B6wenbr%C3%A4u

 
 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 4:27 pm UTC

Question clarification

nautico
Customer

Finally found one seller, Haskell's (Mpls, MN), that offers this beer, though none of its variants:

http://www.haskells.com/Lowenbrau+Original/details/beer/479756251640248016

I'm amazed that I've not gotten any helpful hits when searching on "lowenbrau original availability." Found the Haskell's site only because I grew up in Mpls, knew the store, and knew that it always carried a big beer inventory. I hope you are more successful than I. Optimal result would be to find a retailer in NE Florida!

[Edit by Uclue admin - Haskells Mpls has contacted us with the following message:

"Three or four times a month, customers inquire about Lowenbrau saying that it says online that Haskell's has it. I personally buy the beer for the MPLS location and I do NOT have a distributor locally who carries it. Please remove it from your website, it is not on our website, so I'm not sure why you direct people to us. We haven't carried it for at least 3 years, so perhaps you have just not checked references for your site in quite some time. Nonetheless, we can't get Lowenbrau, and I thought you would like to know."]

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 7:58 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Request for clarification

q21
Researcher

Nautico,

Here are some webpages stating that they are selling "Löwenbräu Original".

This one is located in Florida (Pompano Beach)
http://the-beer-store.com/Home_Page.php
and offers "Lowenbrau Original"
http://the-beer-store.com/Beer_and_Wine_list.php

Other places in the USA were "Löwenbräu Original" is said to be available:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/distribution/4792/

6 locations in New Mexico
http://www.premierdistributing.com/pdc/locations.asp
offering "Lowenbrau Original"
http://www.premierdistributing.com/pdc/products.asp

Should you require further information I shall try to find it.

Regards,
q21

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 8:09 pm UTC

Question clarification

nautico
Customer

That'll do it, q21. Make that your answer.

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 8:52 pm UTC

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myoarin
User

Hi Nautico,

You could also contact Total Wine in Jacksonville:

http://www.totalwine.com/StoreList.aspx?state=FL&store=901

The home page says they also carry 1000 beers. Even if that is an exageration, they really should have Löwenbräu in stock, but probably not the special Oktoberfest beer.

I'll try to remember to toast you when I'm in Starnberg Saturday next.

Myo

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:05 pm UTC

Question clarification

nautico
Customer

Myoarin, I just called Total Wine in Jax, and the clerk said "we don't carry Lowenbrau right now." I asked him if he knew of any other store in Jax that carried it. His response: "We don't think they have a local distributor right now."

Apparently, Lowenbrau is taking its time getting back into the American imported beer market that it dominated many years ago. Strange.

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:25 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer

q21
Researcher

Nautico,

Thank you for accepting the results of my research as an answer.

I am including another link found by a fellow researcher (thank you, Bowler)
http://1000corks.com/wine/Lowenbrau

Clicking on "Search Local" will enable you to modify your search ("use slider to change [...] miles to search within").
According to "1000 Corks" "Lowenbrau" should be available at Luekens Liquors. This, however, does not seem to be the case:
http://luekensliquors.com/store/zen-cart-v1.3.8a-full-fileset-12112007/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=88_90_92

Please let me know should you require additional information.

Regards,
q21

 
 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:32 pm UTC

Accepted and rated

nautico
Customer

Thanks. You did the best you could.

 

Mon 13 Sep 2010 - 11:27 pm UTC

Comment

myoarin
User

Nautico,

Sorry about that.  Does it have to be Löwenbräu?  The other Munich breweries also have "beer tents" at the Oktoberfest, as you can see at the bottom of this German website:
http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/z_Bier/172713/01oktoberfestbier.html

Don't bother to reply.

Regards and "prost",  Myo

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:21 am UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer clarification

q21
Researcher

Nautico,

Today I tried to get some additional information from Löwenbräu in Munich:
http://www.loewenbraeu.de/de-de/extras/kontakt.html

They directed me to Haake-Beck in Bremen:
http://www.haake-beck.de/impressum.html

I was told that for the time being "Löwenbräu Original" is not being sold in the USA. However, it will be "relaunched" in the future.

Regards,
q21

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 11:59 am UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

q21, thanks for that additional info, but if Lowenbrau Original is not being sold in the USA, then how is it that a store like Haskell's in Mpls, MN can sell it?

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 12:13 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer clarification

q21
Researcher

I assume that what is now still available is the beer which had been exported to the USA before the brewery decided to discontinue its sale.

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 2:11 pm UTC

Comment

myoarin
User

From the websites, it appears that "Löwenbräu Original" is sold in Australia and the UK (at least), so a US importer could be using a supplier independent of the brewery.

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 8:41 pm UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

Just called Haskell's and learned from the sales manager that, in fact, they had no more Lowenbrau Original in stock and that their distributor for the brand informed them today that he would no longer be able to supply them with it. He went on to say that he had located a beer called Lowenbrau Buttenheim, but didn't know whether it was from the same Munich brewing company. My interpretation of their web site

http://www.loewenbraeu-buttenheim.de/en/index.html

leads me to believe that there is no connection between the two brands.

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:03 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer clarification

q21
Researcher

There is no connection between the two brands. Löwenbräu Buttenheim is a family business located in Northern Bavaria:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttenheim

Löwenbräu (Munich) is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anheuser-Busch_InBev#Brands

 

Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:24 pm UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

Just called Anheuser Busch in St. Louis and ended up on the phone with a customer service rep for brands. He said they still handle the distribution of Lowenbrau Original in the USA, but that the best he could do for me is perform a zip code seach that had a 300-mile radius for availability. I asked him to search on Orlando, FL. His search revealed not a single retailer within that area, which is effectively the entire state of Florida.This gets curiouser and curiouser.

 

Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 12:40 am UTC

Comment

myoarin
User

Hi Nautico,

I wonder if the lack of Löwenbräu relates to its ownership now by InBev.

This outfit may be able to help you with another brand of Munich beer.  The fact that it does not list Löwenbräu would seem to confirm that it just is not being sold in the States.
http://www.vintagecellar.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

    or this, the first of its four pages of German beers:
http://www.vintagecellar.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=VCOS&Category_Code=3200

One of these (from my previous link):

Augustiner (6 %): Augustiner-Festhalle, Fischer-Vroni (im Holzfass!)
Löwenbräu (6,1 %): Löwenbräu Festzelt, Schützenfestzelt
Hofbräu (6,3 %): Hofbräuzelt
Paulaner (6 %): Paulanerbräu (Winzerer Fähndl), Armbrustschützenzelt,
Spaten-Franziskanerbräu (5,9 %): Schottenhamel, Hippodrom, Spatenbräu Festhalle und Ochsenbraterei
Hacker-Pschorr (5,8 %): Hackerbräu-Festhalle, Pschorrbräu Festhalle "Bräurosl"

I would choose a Lager or Premium Lager, maybe Hofbräu, as a name perhaps most familiarly connected with Munich.  If it is not available, the other brands are just as good (and you can tell your guests that whatever you serve was recommended by an experienced beer drinker in Germany  ;).

Vintage Cellar seems to ship to your state,

Good luck,  Myo

 

Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 6:21 pm UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

Myo, if you go to the Anheuser Busch InBev site, you will unexplainably find no mention of Lowenbrau Original in the Brands section:

http://www.ab-inbev.com/

I'm familiar with some of the other German beers you cite, but my inquiry really had nothing to do with finding a good Bavarian brew. I am 100% forcused only on finding a source for Lowenbrau Original!

 

Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 7:06 pm UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

FLASH!! Just got a call from a woman I spoke to yesterday at one of the largest Anheuser Busch distributorships in MN. She called to report her conversation with a senior rep at the A-B headquarters in St. Louis. The guy told her that A-B is no longer distributing Lowenbrau Original anywhere in No. America and did not know whether or when it would be reintroduced. Case closed <sigh>.

 

Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 7:42 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer clarification

q21
Researcher

Nautico,

Should I come across any news concerning the relaunch I shall let you know.

Regards,
q21

 

Thu 16 Sep 2010 - 2:34 pm UTC

Comment

myoarin
User

Nautico,

Here are three US websites that still have Lowenbrau on their list of beers.  The first seems to be a real specialist, the second one is nearer you, and the third one says its list was updated August 2010.

http://www.syossetbeverage.com/beer/imported
http://www.dunderbaksdaytona.com/Beer.htm
http://www.baycountryliquors.com/Main_Beer.htm

I'm willing to bet that they don't have it, or that it is the stuff from Buttenheim or elsewhere.  There are at least two other German breweries that sell a Löwenbräu.

Apparently Löwenbräu is imported to the Dominican Republic:
http://www.colonialzone-dr.com/products-beer_and_wine.html

But again, it may be the wrong brewery.

regards,  Myo

 

Thu 16 Sep 2010 - 6:54 pm UTC

Uclue Researcher Comment

q21
Researcher

A webpage (Maryland) stating "discontinued by distributor":
http://www.upcounty.com/store/product/2175/Lowenbrau-Original%2C-6pk-NR-12z/

 

Sun 13 Feb 2011 - 7:25 am UTC

Comment

wylde99
User

lowenbrau is back in the US, limited distribution in lower ny so far. im drinking it right now and its not old...brewed on oct. 25th 2010. i have no info were else it is being distributed as of now, but it is back. its got a new back label and everything else is pretty much the same

 

Sun 13 Feb 2011 - 8:10 am UTC

Uclue Researcher Answer clarification

q21
Researcher

Nautico,

This is just to let you know that Löwenbräu is said to be available again (please have a look at the comment by Wylde99). Apparently, Wylde99 is having "Löwenbräu Original" in mind, not some other beer with the name of "Löwenbräu".

Regards,
q21

 

Sun 13 Feb 2011 - 12:49 pm UTC

Request for clarification

nautico
Customer

Thanks for that heads-up. Will keep my eye out for it!

 

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