Monday, 13 February 2017

Diamant Brauerei Magdeburg

A change of pace today. I'm still up to my eyebrows in Scottish beer. But I thought I'd offer you a little relief from it. Witj some DDR labels.

There's something about DDR label design I just love. Not sure why. Partially nostalgia, I guess. For those fun days of the DDR. Oddly, I seem to be the only person who considered East Berlin a holiday paradise. But what else can you call somewhere beer is dirt cheap and you have more money than you can spend? It's so weird looking back. Weird that a walled city seemd somehow normal.

I wish I'd collected more labels at the time. I only have a handful though I know I drank dozens of different beers, mostly from Berlin, Sachsen and Thüringen.

But I digress. I'm supposed to be banging out a quick post of little more than some pretty beer labels. Labels from the Diamant Brauerei in Magdeburg. I never drank any of their beer that I can recall. Never been to Magdeburg, other than passing through it on the train to Berlin.

Brilliant ended up as part of Brau und Brunnen and closed in 1994. It's since re-opened as a museum and brewpub in part of the old premises.

Diamant Brauhaus
Alte Diamant Brauerei 21,
39124 Magdeburg.


Lee said...

A bloody diabetic pils?
What is that all about?

Elektrolurch said...

Brilliant! I love DDR beer labels as well... very pleasing to the eye for me, somehow even a bit retro-futuristic, like from a weird, paralell universe..which the DDR kind of was;)
I always wondered though- why is there no ABV shown on those labels? Any ideas?

Ron Pattinson said...


as far as I know, ABV waas never included on DDR labels. Some of these are older so wouldn't have included the ABV even if they were West German beers.

DDR labels definitely have their own unique design aesthetic.

Mike said...

So how cheap was the beer, relative to the rest of Europe? Half the cost, one tenth?

Ron Pattinson said...


the prices are on the labels. The unoffical exchange rate was 1 DM to 7 M.