Hinterglemm hosts some quite interesting habitants
Staying in Hinterglemm this summer surprised us in so many ways. Not only because of the beautiful Alpine Palace New Balance Luxus Resort and its staff, but also because of some quite interesting people who live in this village. For example Flo Wolf and his wood art gallery GlemmArt. I already wrote about him in my Alpine Palace post . But this time I would like to introduce you to Bartl Enn, the best Schnaps Brenner ( brewer ) in the world!
Feeling welcome; that’s the spirit!
Bartl Enn lives and works almost next to the Alpine Palace hotel. A couple of hundred meters up the mountain is where you can find his Brennerei (Brewery). We tasted his Schnaps for the first time at the Alpine Palace hotel, where sommelier Marko Haas told us Bartl’s story and how he started his Brennerei and became the world’s best Brenner. Curious about his story and the other Edle Brände flavors we wanted to meet him in person.
Before we went up the mountain, we wanted to be sure that he was at home. His flyer triggered me. ‘Opening hours of the brewery: Always when we are at home and that’s the case almost all the time‘. I like that. Gives that great feeling of being welcome right away!
The machine that makes the magic happen
The first thing you see entering the brewery is the impressive and shiny copper Brenner. This is the machine that makes it all happen. And the brewer’s touch of Bartl himself of course :-).
The copper Brenner
From hobby to professional brewery
Next to this impressive machine is a little shop where you can taste and buy the Schnaps. We had the pleasure to meet him and ask him about how he became the best Brenner in the world. Bartl is a friendly, modest man. He told us that he started brewing Schnaps as a hobby. He thought it was just really fun to make delicate spirits with only natural ingredients and no artificial flavors or aroma’s.
World Spirits Award 2013
His friends in the village of Hinterglemm were so crazy about his spirits, that they had secretly – behind his back – sent some of his Schnaps flavors to the World Spirits Award 2013. Bartl won the title and the rest is history. Since then his passion to brew grew from a hobby to a more professional business. But he wants us to know that he still brews with his heart and not for the money. Out of stock means really out of stock. His brewery is not led by demand, but still led by the fun of making the most delicate Schnaps in the world.
Quality always comes first
When we were there he had just finished brewing a new lot of Marillen ( apricots ) flavor. 1.100 kg of fresh apricots from the region of Styria. He had driven to Styria the night before to pick up the apricots himself. He could have had them delivered to his home, but Bartl always wants his fruit as fresh as possible. These apricots were picked the night before, not more than 8 hours between picking them and processing them at his Brewery in Hinterglemm. The fresher the fruit the more delicate the taste of the Schnaps. Quality always comes first. You can really taste the effort and passion he puts into the process of brewing. Anyone who has been in apres ski knows about the shots of Schnaps. But once you’ve tasted Bartl’s you never want the stuff they serve in apres ski anymore; no matter how drunk you are or how great the party is!
We have tried the flavors Zirbenschnaps, Zirberl and Likör Schoko-Chili. Tasty and very delicate. Of course we’ve also bought a few bottles to take home with us.
What else is there to know about Bartl Enn?
- In 2013 Bartl Enn has been rewarded as first Salzburger brewery: ‘ WORLD CLASS DISTILLERY’ at the “World Spirits Award 2013”;
- Bartl has won 77 medals over the last years;
- You can order the products in his own web shop ;
- The schnaps Bartl brews is of such extremely high-quality that he is allowed to claim his products to be kosher
- In addition to Schnaps he also brews liqueurs and rum.
I truly recommend visiting Bartl and his brewery when you are in Hinterglemm.
Cheers! To Bartl and his delicate Edle Brände!
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