It all began on June 27, 1873 when Luder Rutenberg (A Bremen master builder), Heinrich Beck (A master brewer), and Thomas May (a businessman) came together to establish the Kaiserbrauerei Beck & May, in Bremen, Germany. Located in the upper northwest corner of Germany on the river Weser, Bremen was once a busy trading port and has a rich history of brewing beer. Early Bremen brewers are credited with creating a recipe—dating back nearly 1,000 years—for a heavy barley beer that withstand long sea journeys.