Obere Königstraße 19-21
Bamberg Station 700 meters
Daily from 8:30
Sunday 8:30 to 12:00
Holidays, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve:
8:30 to 1 (PM), no large meals
Closed January 1st, December 25th and 26th
Output: 33000 HL
Founded in 1649, the brewery has been in the able hands of the Kalb family since 1986 and they must be doing a good job as it’s probably the locals’ favorite. For anyone visiting Bamberg, it’s worth a stop and for those who can’t seem to acquire a taste for smoke beer, it’s likely going to be one of your favorites. The interior is typical of the town, with lots of wood. It’s a few notches down on the traditional scale from Schlenkerla and Spezial but their Schwemme (hallway drinking area once entering) is the real deal and always bustling. The big bonus is good value rooms are available.
Fässla inside and out & their mighty Bambergator
Sometimes a place suffers from too much competition and this is the case here. Unless you have a lot of time, you tend to overlook it. We’ve stayed here many times and even when we do that, we tend to eat elsewhere even if the food is good at Fässla. The beer is well-made but perhaps not the most adventurous and with so many other great beers in town, we generally only have the occasional one here. The Zwergla never seems to be on tap but it’s my favorite of the regular strength beers. Their Gold-Pils is nice and the most popular beer they have but I prefer the Lagerbier. For my money, their Bambergator is their best but beware, it’s 8.5%! That said, it’s probably the main reason I stop in on our annual winter visit.
a quick Lagerbier & Gold-Pils in the brewery’s little courtyard
I don’t tend to get to Bamberg in November aside from a quickie trip to attend Schlenkerla’s Urbock Anstich but recently planned a weekend to sample some of the Bocks I’d been missing. To be honest, I had little hope of finding Fäßla’s Bambergator on tap but that I did and not only that but from gravity dispense!
Bambergator from the barrel