From the start, DAB beer was not only drunk in Dortmund. In 1868, the city only had 36,000 inhabitants, hardly a large enough market for a major brewery. The growing world-wide popularity enjoyed by DAB beer was no accident, but the logical consequence of outstanding quality. The pale Dortmund brew, the only beer bottled by DAB for many years, was always produced from the finest ingredients by state-of-the-art brewing processes. Nowadays, DAB is still one of Germany's major export brands and is represented in 20 countries throughout the world.