Brauerei Eichhorn

half-timbered brewpub
Serlbacher Straße 10
91301 Forchheim
Tel: 09191-727920
(ceased brewing in February 2022, but the plan was that Hertl would brew at the Eichhorn facility. Unfortunately, this didn’t come to pass and they brew their beers at Hertl. Only Vollbier Hell and Annafestbier remain from the old line-up.)

Opening times:
Closed Monday to Wednesday
Thursday & Friday from 12:00
Saturday 10:00 to 14:00 & from 17:00

Sunday from 11:00
A place noted or closing when they are slow or just feel like it.

Forchheim Station 950 meters

Output: 1700 HL

Founded in 1783 by one of many Greif families of the time, there were already three breweries in town at the time with the name. So, they decided on Eichhorn and named their beers accordingly.  This is the nicest of the Forchheim brewpubs with the most varied food menu but many feel the beers are not up to par with the other three.  I had an enjoyable meal here in 2003 but had not returned until recently.

Eichhorn Vollbier Hell & their cozy pub, unchanged after nearly 20 years

I finally made it back after a thwarted attempt in the fall of 2019 when I stopped by to find it closed despite it being open by their hours.  When I did return, it was the day of its reopening after COVID-19 restrictions so it was very empty.  I only had time for a beer especially after the owner explained it would take 20 minutes for her to make the fresh homemade dumplings that would come with my meal.  Since it was unsure how busy they’d be, she also explained only the Vollbier Hell was on tap so I got one of those. It took some time to pour but it was perfectly done, no gas bubbles to be seen and a very tasty beer as well. I told her I’d come back with my wife for dinner. I knew someone who poured a beer with such care would likely do the same with her food.

Eichhorn’s secret garden & an amazing Roulade

The woman wasn’t sure how long she’s be open but I returned that evening with my wife, who’d just arrived. Unfortunately, it was already closed but we did go our last day in town for lunch. It was too nice to sit inside and though I’d seen they had some outside seating, it didn’t look very atmospheric from my one glance at it. We were elated when the owner ushered us to a very pretty leafy Biergarten spot. We were even happier to see Roulade on the menu.  Though Schäuferla is Eichhorn’s signature dish, we’d had it a day earlier and it’s a big meal unless you’re very hungry. This was perfect and perfectly done. I got the Achhörnla (dialect for squirrel) even though it was in the bottle and it was excellent too. My wife opted for the Helles and quite liked its hoppy palate. I’m sure we’ll return again and much more quickly then before visits the last time.

another winning meal

We returned again later in the summer of 2020 and had enjoyed our meal here so much the last time, it was high on our list to return to. We’d hoped to sit out back again and said as much when we got there but on going out, it started to rain lightly. We retreated back inside and both ordered Schäuferla this time around and it was excellent. The Achhörnla was still only available in bottles but we both went for it with the dark sauce meal, a perfect pairing.

the last supper at Eichhorn

I returned recently once I’d learned that Brauerei Eichhorn was closing in February 2022. I had yet another lovely meal and enjoyed their beers for the last time. For a full report on the closure: Brauerei Eichhorn closes.

Beers: Vollbier Hell, on tap, bottled Annafestbier seasonally. Bottled Hertl Kellerbier & Weizen.

Anecdotally: bottled Vollbier Braun (Achhörnla), Edel-Pils, Leichtbier, Festbier.

Beer calendar:
Annafestbier from June to August
Winterfestbier from November to January
Annafest from the Saturday before July 26th

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