During the Wilhelminian period, at the end of the 19th century, breweries sprang up like mushrooms in Cologne. The founding of the PRIVAT-BRAUEREI HEINRICH REISSDORF – at that time called TOP-FERMENTED BRAUEREI HEINRICH REISSDORF – in 1894 in Cologne’s Severinsviertel also falls within this period. Its founder, Heinrich Reißdorf, originally came from a long-established farming family who were blacksmiths and wagon builders in Zieverich, today the municipality of Bergheim.
A few years later, in 1905, the name “Kölsch” for the top-fermented Cologne beer specialty, which was previously called “Wiess”, also celebrated its premiere. After his death on February 25, 1901, Gertrud Reißdorf ran the brewery as the sole owner until 1908. However, the continued existence of the company was secured because the Reißdorf couple had five sons, Johann Hubert, Heinrich,
When the product range was expanded to include bottom-fermented beers such as Pils, Märzen and Export in 1923, the top-fermented brewery was renamed BRAUEREI HEINRICH REISSDORF – OHG.
In the war year 1917, when the men were in the field, Katharina Reißdorf, wife of Friedrich Reißdorf, managed the brewery. These two had three sons: Heinrich Reißdorf – he died in an accident in the brewery in 1936 – and the partners Hermann-Josef and Karl-Heinz Reißdorf, who died in 1996 and 1997. They led the company into the difficult economic times – the brewery was 90% destroyed – after the Second World War. Despite the adverse circumstances, the two brothers managed to produce a single beer with 2% – 4% vol. in mid-1948. alcohol produce and bottle.
The company is continued today in the fourth generation.