Vancouver, BC, Canada (March 25, 2014) Graffiti Group Inc., Importer and Exclusive Agent for Früh Kölsch Beer in Canada, is excited to announce their launch into the British Columbia market. In an exclusive partnership with Bauhaus, a new restaurant located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, they will celebrate in the rich traditions of Germany. The opening of Bauhaus and Früh’s launch marks the first time a true, authentic Kölsch has ever been offered in the province of British Columbia.
Distinctive to the city of Cologne, Germany, since 1904, Früh Kölsch has a long been known as a fresh, crisp, light, and delicate all-natural, top fermented lager. So popular is Früh, that Cologne's Früh Beer Hall is the second largest in Germany, serving over 2.5 million people annually. The name Kölsch is protected by law so that only beers brewed in and around the city can bear the name. Similar to the Champagne name in France, you cannot call your beer “Kölsch” unless it comes from Cologne. Even more interesting is that due to the style of beer, Kölsch is served in a very unique, tall thin glass known as a "stange" rather than the typical pint glass Canadians are used to.
Set to launch in the national historic site of Gastown in Vancouver this spring, Bauhaus is the creation of well known movie director and producer Uwe Boll. Born near Cologne, Germany, Boll studied at The University of Cologne and now resides in Vancouver. His love of Kölsch beer comes naturally. He has stated that “Vancouver is really missing high-end contemporary German cuisine. It [Bauhaus] is very different from what is currently offered in the city."
Vancouver, also home to Michelin Star Chef Stephan Hartmann and Tim Adams former General Manager of Kensington Palace, will host Bauhaus in what is promised to be "Vancouver's most innovative and exquisite new modern restaurant devoted to the prestige and etiquette of the finest European traditions."
There is no doubt that Vancouver will attract world attention when Stephan Hartmann’s inspirations hit the plate. Hartmann has received both Master Chef Award and the Newcomer of the Year Award, he “induces salivation” with his modern interpretations refined from over a decade of experience in Europe’s most notable restaurants including Kolja Kleeberg's Restaurant, "Vau" in Berlin, and "Maximin" in Venice, France. Hartmann’s cooking has had amazing reviews in both USA Today and New York Times' "Top Restaurants in Berlin."
Elating customers with a dining experience to match, General Manager Tim Adams will lead operations at Bauhaus. A former resident of London, England, Tim was instrumental in managing England's most prestigious establishments including Kensington Palace, Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace. Tim hosted many high profile guests including the British Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family.
While many craft breweries have tried to imitate the Kölsch style, none can compare to the real flavor of one of the original breweries in Cologne, brewing for over 110 years. They are the standard against which all Kölsch beer is measured.
"We didn't just want to bring another beer into Canada. We wanted to bring the entire lifestyle and culture surrounding this unique brand. Früh Kölsch is an experience, " says Brent Bedford, Founder of Graffiti Group. With a family recipe passed on for five generations, it is the tradition and heritage that makes Früh Kölsch beer unique.
Graffiti Group is confidant that the partnership with Bauhaus Restaurant will provide customers with a unique offering that will compliment the devotion and prestige that Bauhaus has committed to pursue.