Alter Kranen (Würzburger Hofbräu)

Am Kranen (Würzburger Hofbräu)

Kranenkai 1
97070 Würzburg
Tel: 093199131545
www.alterkranen.de

Würzburg Station 1.2 km

Opening hours:

Daily 12:00 to 24:00

As its name states, Am Kranen sits right on the Old Crane which was rebuilt in the late 1700s to facilitate the already bustling trade the town was noted for due to its strategic location on the Main River. The original one dated back to 1560. The attached customs house was heavily bombed during WWII but rebuilt in 1989 to house the Franconian Wine House, to showcase the region’s fine wine.

Still a symbol of Würzburg: The Old Crane

This was closed in 2008 and Würzburger Hofbräu is now the main attraction in the restaurant featuring Franconian cuisine. The facility is quite large and half of it has been converted into a pizza/pasta restaurant called Locanda, which still has the Hofbräu beers on tap. The interior is nicely traditional but modern as befitting a large brewery tap which this appears to currently be due to the Würzburger Hofbräu Keller being under extensive renovation.

lovely traditional interior

There is an adjacent self-service Biergarten which was closed the day I dropped by but it was mid-week in April and midday at that. The terrace of the restaurant was busy. It was a gorgeous day so I obviously sat outside and since I’d just eaten lunch at the Goldene Gans, I only had a beer, the Würzburger Hofbräu Hell. I would have had their signature Pils but I’d had it previously and unfortunately, the gravity barrel version of it is only available after 17:00 and generally runs out about two hours later.

 Würzburger Hell on the terrace seating & self-service Biergarten

The food looked excellent and it seemed quite popular so I would definitely try to eat dinner here next time in town to also sample the gravity dispensed beer. I’m not sure if this is done on the pizza/pasta side of the facility but it doesn’t look to be so. I’ll check it out when there again.

Beers on tap: Würzburger Hofbräu Pils (from gravity dispense 17:00-19:00), Würzburger Hofbräu Hell, Keiler Weißbier Hell, Mönchshof Kellerbier. A large assortment of bottled beers from the Kulmbacher range including Mönchshof and Keiler.

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