We are brewing in the 11th generation. With Bohemia as our starting point and with full passion as our drive.
The Mautner Markhof family has been producing beer since 1690. From a small village in Bohemia, the products were traded all over the world and internationally appreciated. The breakthrough came with Ignaz Ritter Mautner von Markhof, who leased the St. Marx brewery in Vienna in 1841. His brew was so successful that he not only bought the brewery, but also expanded the business over the following decades to become the third largest brewery in Europe.
The family bought a brewery in Smiřitz near Königgrätz, a small village in Bohemia. With this purchase they laid the foundation for a brewing tradition that lasted for centuries.
The World Exhibition came to Vienna. After London (1851, 1862) and Paris (1855, 1867), the Vienna World Exhibition was the first to be held in a German-speaking country. With the ambition of surpassing all previous events in magnificence and grandeur, the city prepared itself.
Vienna was the venue of a gigantic international happening. This World Exhibition surpassed all its predecessors by far – both in terms of area and the number of exhibits – and contributed significantly to Vienna’s rise to become a world city. The Ignaz Mautner & Sohn company was present with its own exhibition pavilion, designed by Eduard Kuschée, to present its beer to the world. The beer also aroused the interest of Emperor Franz Joseph, who tasted it and praised it as the “only true beer”. He even insisted on having it served to his international guests at the following déjeuner, thus celebrating the progress of Austria-Hungary.
After the end of the war, the Allied occupation of Vienna continued until 1955. The brewery’s individual locations were based in different zones of the city, which greatly impaired coordination. But despite all the physical and economic damage, the Mautner Markhof family was able to rebuild full operations and dominate the beer market in eastern Austria.
In 1978, a merger with Österreichische Brau AG finally took place.
In 2003, the family sold its share package to Heineken.