Kolschbier is a popular “warm weather beer” and German classic. The name Kolsch (pronounced “kelsch”) is derived from its location… Koln, Germany (or Cologne for us Yanks). The name indicates that the beer was brewed in the traditional style of that particular city.
In order to officially called a Kolsh, the beer must be brewed by a member of the Koln Brewers Union. Much like the name “champagne” in the snobbier world of wine, the name Kolschbier is protected and controlled by the Union and may not be used by anyone else.