Carlsberg Germany is one of the leading breweries in Northern and Eastern Germany. Since April 2004 the Holsten Group of breweries became part of Carlsberg Germany, thus making the Carlsberg corporation the world’s fourth largest brewery group. Carlsberg Germany includes the Holsten brewery in Hamburg and the Mecklenburg brewery in Lübz. The breweries of the Carlsberg Germany group sponsor sports, nature conservation and cultural activities as well as popular events. The main brands are Holsten, Carlsberg, Lübzer, Duckstein and Astra.