With the launch of the Noble Star Collection, there was a need for a separate space away from the brewery due to limitations with aging sour beers. Enter the Starkeller. This facility has not only provided a space to ferment these mixed-culture Berliner Weisse beers, but provides an additional taproom space to the town of New Ulm.
The Starkeller is overflowing with rich history from Schell’s with the focal point being the 1936 Cypress wood lagering tanks that were restored for the purpose of aging sour beer. After prohibition, the brewery purchased wood tanks because they were cheaper than steel tanks and they were in use until 1991 when the brewery made some updates. Since, they were stored away and the introduction of this line of beers presented the opportunity to bring them back to life. The vessels that once aged our Schell’s beers were the perfect solution to age sours because the wood tanks breathe a bit of oxygen whereas steel does not.
When you come to the Starkeller for a beer, you might sit at the bar made of an old copper kettle from the brewery, or might glance at the tin on the back wall that came from the farm that once stood in its place. The ten tanks that line the taproom are the next beers that might be in your glass in a year or so. It’s a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Show Less