In the forests of medieval Europe, an epic battle was waged that continues to shape modern mixology: the struggle between man and bear. Mighty woodland warriors known as Barenjagers, or bear hunters would leave their huts and take to the timber in search of glory. All these adventures were valiant, but those who were also smart discovered a powerful potion to help them return to the village victorious. They lured their quarry with meschkinnes, mead like moonshine made from honey by beekeepers and farmers. Each had their own secret recipe.
Based on these brews, a beverage breakthrough occurred in 15th century East Prussia. That’s when the Teucke & Konig Bear Trap Company introduced Barenjager, the first professionally produced meschkinees. Today, the sophisticated set continues to enjoy the time honored taste of this brand, as Schwarze & Schilcte carries on the tradition.