13 Sep 2010 14:37 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 2:37 pm UTC
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:
13 Sep 2010 16:27 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 4:27 pm UTC
Finally found one seller, Haskell's (Mpls, MN), that offers this beer, though none of its variants:
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."]
13 Sep 2010 19:58 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 7:58 pm UTC
Here are some webpages stating that they are selling "Löwenbräu Original".
This one is located in Florida (Pompano Beach)
and offers "Lowenbrau Original"
Other places in the USA were "Löwenbräu Original" is said to be available:
6 locations in New Mexico
offering "Lowenbrau Original"
Should you require further information I shall try to find it.
13 Sep 2010 20:09 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 8:09 pm UTC
That'll do it, q21. Make that your answer.
13 Sep 2010 21:05 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:05 pm UTC
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.
13 Sep 2010 21:25 UTCMon 13 Sep 2010 - 9:25 pm UTC
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)
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:
Please let me know should you require additional information.
14 Sep 2010 09:21 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:21 am UTC
Today I tried to get some additional information from Löwenbräu in Munich:
They directed me to Haake-Beck in Bremen:
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.
14 Sep 2010 11:59 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 11:59 am UTC
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?
14 Sep 2010 12:13 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 12:13 pm UTC
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.
14 Sep 2010 20:41 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 8:41 pm UTC
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
leads me to believe that there is no connection between the two brands.
14 Sep 2010 21:03 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:03 pm UTC
There is no connection between the two brands. Löwenbräu Buttenheim is a family business located in Northern Bavaria:
Löwenbräu (Munich) is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev:
14 Sep 2010 21:24 UTCTue 14 Sep 2010 - 9:24 pm UTC
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.
15 Sep 2010 18:21 UTCWed 15 Sep 2010 - 6:21 pm UTC
Myo, if you go to the Anheuser Busch InBev site, you will unexplainably find no mention of Lowenbrau Original in the Brands section:
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!
15 Sep 2010 19:06 UTCWed 15 Sep 2010 - 7:06 pm UTC
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>.
15 Sep 2010 19:42 UTCWed 15 Sep 2010 - 7:42 pm UTC
Should I come across any news concerning the relaunch I shall let you know.
13 Feb 2011 08:10 UTCSun 13 Feb 2011 - 8:10 am UTC
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".
13 Feb 2011 12:49 UTCSun 13 Feb 2011 - 12:49 pm UTC
Thanks for that heads-up. Will keep my eye out for it!