Schell’s Reopens 19th Century Lagering Caves

Latest Brew Barrel-Aged in Historic Underground Caverns

NEW ULM, MN (March 31, 2015) – In a nod to its 19th century brewing traditions, the 155 year-old August Schell Brewing Company has released a limited-edition beer aged in American whiskey barrels stored in the brewery’s original, underground lagering caves.  Located below the historic brewery, the naturally cooled caverns were originally constructed in the 1860’s to facilitate brewing in an era that predated electrical refrigeration.

The specialty cave-aged, barrel-aged lager was created as the ninth installment in Schell’s Stag Series, – a collection of innovative and experimental, limited-edition brews released periodically throughout the year.  Dark brown to black in color, the beer has roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toffee, light oak, char and a hint of vanilla.

“It was a lot of fun cleaning up the old lagering caves and getting a chance to use them to store beer in wooden barrels like they did over 100 years ago,” notes Jace Marti, Schell’s brew master and sixth generation member of the Schell’s family.

The brewery intends to continue using the historic lagering caves as a laboratory for exploring the use of traditional brewing techniques in the creation of unique new beers.

About August Schell Brewing Company August Schell Brewing Company specializes in quality-crafted beer and boasts a proud heritage of 155 years of continuous family ownership.  Brewers of both Schell’s German craft beers and Grain Belt American lagers, the August Schell Brewing Company is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States and the oldest brewery in Minnesota.  Since 1860, the independent brewery has been creating award-winning beers from their historic campus in New Ulm, MN.  For more information, go to