Gasthausbrauerei Hufeisen

half-timbered house
Hauptstraße 36-38
91278 Pottenstein
Tel: 09243 260

Pegnitz Station 13 km/limited bus service

Opening hours: the below hours are dated and best to consult their website as they seem to change often. For instance, it is November and the site says it will be open on the 6th of January!
Friday 5:00 to 9:00
Saturday 11.30 to 2:00 and 5:00 to 9:00
Sunday and holidays 11.30 to 2:00 and 5:00 to 8:00

Output: 1000 HL

Founded in 1803 and housed in an atmospheric half-timbered house, this small brewery has very limited hours so plan accordingly and if going off-season (winter), it might be a good idea to call ahead. I’ve read about people showing up to find it closed and I had the same experience once upon a time, as well.  I was here in 2002 and their Dunkles was a fine one if a notch below town rival Mager.

I returned this past summer while researching my book Beer Hiking Bavaria and had two excellent meals at Hufeisen.  I went for dinner my first evening in town and had a very good Schäuferla with a mix of boiled and fried dumplings.  The next evening I had Kutscherschnitzel, a pork schnitzel filled with salami, smoked cheese and onions and breaded with spent grain breadcrumbs. It was served with homemade potato chips too. I drank the Bio Dunkles both times.

Hufeisen Bio Dunkles, Schäuferla and Kutscherschnitzel

I don’t think the Dunkles is the same beer as when I first went to the the brewery in 2002 and have to admit to not being a big fan of it now. That said, we met a few groups at other breweries that raved about it so I guess it’s a matter of taste.  At any rate, the food alone is worth going for and the pub is pleasant and a notch more upscale than Mager. The little outside seating area out back is nice as well.

Beers: Pottensteiner Bio-Dunkel, Hufeisen Kellerweizen, Pottensteins Premiumpils.

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