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The Hannen-Brauerei, which was an Alt-Bier brewery in Monchengladbach was founded in 1725. Alt is German for "old", and these beers are of a style older than the lagered beers, a remnant of the time before lager was invented. Altbier is top fermented then cold lagered for a few weeks. Altbiers are copper-bronze in colour and mostly brewed around Dusseldorf. Altbier is the closest Germany gets to the style of a British bitter but the lagering period gives them a quite different character. In 1988 Carlsberg took over Hannen-Brauerei
Some of the Brewery's Range
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Over the years the brand identity is updated and re-launched with subtle changes, a change of Logo or a new font.
Sometimes this brand update is done by the new owners after a brewery has been sold, other times just to give the brand a fresh new look on the ever growing market.
Below are some notes to help identify some of these changes and an aid to reference the year of the glass.