Rich Carbonara taking photos at a surely beery location in Germany

People change over time but two activities have remained pretty constant for me: hiking and seeking out new beers. I started the former relatively late, my early thirties and the latter considerably earlier though I guess in the beginning I was just seeking any beer I could get my hands on. Since those times, I’ve hiked from the Rockies to the Andes to the Himalayas but friends still mostly think of me as the beer guy, the one who was into craft beer before it became fashionable.

Living in Munich, I still do my fair share of alpine hiking in the nearby Alps but I find myself ever increasingly drawn to Germany’s brewing heartland to not only find the beers I’ve been looking for there since 1997 but also to enjoy the many trails that more gently get a person from point A to point B. In my case, those points are often if not always breweries.

Much of the information on these small breweries and the trail networks that link them is nearly always in German. I initially started the site to share it in English with others who might be intrigued by the idea of an invigorating walk in nature that ended in a great local meal washed down with a beer brewed by the same family for hundreds of years.

Please enjoy this free resource of information about the beer, food and trails of Bavaria, and in particular the part known as (and culturally separate as) Franconia. If the ideas don’t seem self-explanatory enough or if you just want a local guide to do all the planning, reserving of accommodation, getting you on the right trails to the best breweries and making sure you order (or at least know about) the local delicacies, then please feel free to contact me about prices to design your next beery adventure. They are more time-consuming to put together, with less flexibility for cancellation and and thus more expensive. Less time intensive trips are already in my Beer Hike Food Experiences for both Bamberg and Munich.