Meet the brewer
About Dirk Frauenheim
How did you get into brewing?
How did you feel when your first brew was ready?
I was so excited to taste my first beer and could not wait to find out if it was actually drinkable. I was so happy drinking my first glass of homebrewed Hefeweizen and sharing this moment with my partner Lin Ya.
Where do you find the inspiration for new beers?
Brewing beer is my passion so I spend a lot of time researching (German) beer specialties and reading every book I can find about brewing beer. Beers that are brewed for centuries and are still liked today fascinate me. In my opinion, these types of Beers are very valuable as they really hit the taste of the customers.
What does an average week of a beer brewer look like?
Usually I brew from Monday-Thursday and then I go to Zapfler Shanghai for the weekends. Together with a small team of 2-3 people I brew the beers that are on tap at Zapfler. The team supports me with cleaning the fermenters and the brewery Cleaning and filling the kegs and supports me during the brew day.
Brewing beer takes about 8-10 hours from Mash In, mashing until the culture starts. During the day I have to wait until the different processes are finished and I use this time to work on other projects like researching new beer varieties.
What is your favorite beer to brew?
My favorite beer is the German Hefeweizen. I like to see fermenting the beer at the traditional open fermenters.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is seeing people drink my beer and enjoying it. That’s when all the hard work pays off.
What’s your biggest challenge in brewing beer in China?
I would say the biggest challenge of brewing beer in China is to brew in the summer. As the temperatures outside hit the 40 degree mark it get’s over 40 degrees inside the brewery.
Stay tuned for part two of the ‘Meet the Brewer’ series.