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13th September 2023

Krombacher’s Stephan Kofler Completes Pub Pilgrimage

Following his Pub Walk challenge in 2018 where he visited 300 pubs in London in one day, Krombacher’s UK & Ireland Sales Director Stephan Kofler has completed another pub pilgrimage after walking to Britain’s most remote pub, The Old Forge

A big advocate of the power of the pub, especially in local communities, Kofler, who arrived in the UK in 2000, has a passion for visiting and championing the UK’s old, new, historic, innovative and unique public houses.

Starting at Kinloch Hourn, Stephan Kofler undertook the 15-mile, 2-day trek with an elevation gain of 910 metres across mountainous and wild terrain with his brother Thomas, holder of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming who stopped for a cold dip at Barrisdale Bothy and a sea swim at Loch Nevis.

The Old Forge pub is situated in the small village of Inverie on the south shore of the Knoydart peninsula. Starting its life as a cottage in the 1770s before becoming a smiddy’s forge, over time it became a social club and then pub.

After being put up for sale in 2021, the community stepped in and The Old Forge Community Benefit Society Ltd was formed to run the pub. The locals took the keys on the 28th March 2022 and opened the doors on the 15th April that year. Following a refurbishment early this year, the pub reopened again at the beginning of August ahead of the Knoydart Games.

Stephan Kofler, Krombacher UK & Ireland Sales Director, said:

“Since raising money for Pub is the Hub when we visited 300 pubs in one day in 2018, my fascination with the UK’s iconic and diverse pub heritage has continued to grow. When I heard about The Old Forge and what they were doing, I decided it would be a nice challenge to try and visit for my 50th birthday challenge. It was truly worth the trek and I would recommend it to all. Beautiful scenery, unspoilt nature, a remarkable community of people and a magnificent pub that we would love to try and support in the future.”

Krombacher Brewery

Fiercely independent and family-run, Krombacher has been producing its much-revered beers in harmony with nature in the Krombach Valley since 1803.

Brewing exclusively in the small town of Krombach, nestled in the beautiful Siegerland Hills of Westfalia, central Germany, Krombacher proudly adheres to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot).

Relying on artistry, experience and above all a passion for purity, Krombacher’s Master Brewers ensure no corners are cut in their pursuit of perfection.

Combining traditional brewing methods with state-of-the art technology, the brewery only uses the finest, 100% natural ingredients. This includes the finest two-row summer barley, Siegel hops from Hallertau and the brewery’s very own specially cultivated Krombacher Pilsner Superioris yeast, which is used in one brew only.

For the precious water, Krombacher beers benefit from the local Felsquellwasser® found in 50 wells within 3km of the brewery. The special water is naturally soft, low in mineral content and is the only water ever used to brew Krombacher beer, providing the beer with its unique, recognisably refreshing, pure and crisp taste.

The market leader in Germany and among the most modern beverage suppliers in Europe, Krombacher beers are now available in more than 50 markets worldwide.  

In the UK, the brand has over 300 draught taps now in operation in the On-trade and the beers are widely available in the Off-trade from the likes of Tesco, Morrisons, Majestic, Co-op, Ocado, Booths, Bargain Booze, Filshill Keystore, Oddbins, Spar (north of England).

The Krombacher beers available in the UK include the Pils, Hell, Unfiltered, Weizen, Dark, 0.0% Pils and Non-Alcoholic Weizen.

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