The industrial age began in earnest in the nineteenth century, when the German shopkeeper Abraham Robert Lorent established a porter brewery and sugar works in Klippan. In 1836, Lorent’s factory was bought by the 23-year-old Scot David Carnegie, Jr. at a bankruptcy auction. The factory was the biggest industrial company in the city and it was purchased for SEK 400,000. In exchange for his money, Carnegie got a porter brewery and sugar mill that was soon developed to become the most modern sugar refinery in Sweden. The management of the Carnegie brewery also did a great deal of social work. When sick, workers would receive half pay for that day’s work, free medical care and doctor’s visits. The area was home to workers’ dwellings, two public baths, a school and a church.
In 1928, Pripps took over the Carnegie Brewery and production continued there until 1976. Nowadays Carnegie porter is brewed in Falkenberg.
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Many of Gothenburg’s merchant families originated from Scotland; Carnegie’s origins trace back to Montrose in the east of the country. David Carnegie, Jr. came to Gothenburg in 1830 to work for his uncle’s company D. Carnegie & Co., which was one of the timber and iron industry’s biggest export companies. The elegant young man from Eton was a great success in Gothenburg society.
Only five years after buying Lorent’s brewery, Carnegie moved to England, and took care of any financial transactions from there. From 1845, the company was led by Oscar Ekman, who successfully boosted profits. Carnegie earned himself a reputation for donating large sums of money to humanitarian and scientific causes. The most well known of these is his donation of SEK 500,000 to establish the University of Gothenburg, but he also made donations to children’s hospitals and geriatric care nurses.
Carnegie porter is Sweden’s oldest registered trademark still in use. Since 1836, the dark beer and its healthy properties have been enjoyed by many.
The name porter comes from London’s river porters, with whom the drink was particularly popular. Its dark colour is due to the thorough roasting of the malt. Beer is generally a perishable foodstuff. However, porter is the exception: it matures and is ready to drink after three to four months, but continues to develop and refine for up to ten years. A young porter is strong and lively, with a distinct acidity that softens with time. The longer it is stored, the more its typical aromas of coffee and Madeira come to the fore.
Porter used to be used for medicinal purposes and was viewed as being both nutritious and replenishing. Right into the twentieth century, women who were breastfeeding were prescribed porter with egg yolk.
The height of Carnegie porter’s popularity came in 1916, And in that year the Carnegie Brewery produced 5.5 million litres of the drink. Most of this was consumed in Sweden, but the export market was large and Carnegie porter could also be found as far away as New York and Brazil!
In 1928, Pripps took over the Carnegie Brewery and production continued there until 1976. Today production takes place at Carlsberg’s brewery in Falkenberg, south of Gothenburg.
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