Our roots

It was in the year 1809 that the Tyrolean people no longer wanted to accept the Bavarian and French rule. This is why the "Schützen" (military unit of shooters) went to the Bergisel mountain four times to free their state capital of Innsbruck – and thus the whole of Tyrol – from foreign domination. In May of 1809, the Tyroleans had succeeded for the second time in expelling the Bavarians from Innsbruck. On 4th of August, angry Frenchmen marched south through the narrow Eisack gorge in order to punish the rebellious Tyroleans. Here, in this exact place, the Tyrolean shooters were not waiting for a refreshing Hofer beer and a delicious Brotzeit (snack); they were waiting for the approaching enemies to welcome them with stones and tree trunks. The French could smell the "danger from above" and decided to let the allied Saxons go first into the ravine. And that was when the avalanche of stones came. The Saxons were "in der Klemme" (in hot water); that is why this place is still called "Sachsenklemme" today. 500 of the men are supposed to have been battered to death by rocks or shot by Tyrolean "Schützen" (military unit of shooters).

Just a few weeks later, the Tyroleans defeated the Bavarians and the French on the Bergisel for the third time. The Tyrolean country governor, Andreas Hofer, was forced to flee his home in the Passeiertal valley at the beginning of November after the fourth battle at the Bergisel had been lost. In the Passeiertal valley, he got arrested by the French and kept in a mountain hut; he was court-martialled and shot on 20th February 1810 in the Italian town of Mantova.

This part of Tyrolean history accompanies you through the restaurant thanks to the light-hearted caricatures by Jochen Gasser (www.jochengasser.it). The patron of the brewery, Andreas Hofer, is the prominent figure, whether it be on a beer glass, barrel or T-shirt. It is his character, so subtly incorporated, which creates the traditional, comfortable beer-drinking atmosphere complemented by modern architecture.