In 1796 Jean Rothenbach, progenitor of the Aufsesser family, fled from Napoleon’s troops in Franconian Switzerland. Almost a quarter century later (1823) he acquired the property "Wirstgürtlein" – the future of the brewery. Grandson Johann Rothenbach built the brewery in the 1880’s. For 3000 Mark he acquired the brewing means of the Franciscan monastery in Gößweinstein. In November 1886, the first batch was managed with the help of a Franciscan. Since then the Rothenbach brewery has developed steadily.