Mittenwald has numerous hiking trails. One of the best is to the Kranzberg and then further on to the Lautersee and Ferchensee. Finish up at the Mittenwalder Postkeller. Details in Rich Carbonara's book Beer Hiking Bavaria.
Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. They have a great line-up of seasonal beers and in this comparison, we look at their spring Fastenbier and winter Eiche.
Schlenkerla's Heinlein Dunkles Bier is a very low alcohol brew with a surprisingly full flavor. It's got a hoppy slightly smoky palate and lingering bitter finish.
Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Hopfenweizen is a great mix of the two, with Citra, Polaris and Cascade hops making this a citrusy treat.
Gutmann Dunkler Weizenbock is a seasonal brew from one of Franconia's top Weizen breweries. At 6.9%, it's a dangerously drinkable brew.
Do borders and beers mix? In Franconia, sometimes they get mixed up. A recent visit to the Gold-Ochsenbrauerei in Spielbach revealed not all is what it seems when you venture into the Hohenlohe.
Göller Winter Festbier is the rare amber Fest and a good one at that, with some caramel notes in the richly malty palate. The semi-dry lingering finish moreish.
Göller Dunkles Bockbier is a richly malty balanced with a semi-dry, semi-bitter finish.
Zur Sonne Weihnachtsbock is a richly malty balanced Hellerbock with refreshingly fruity palate and moreish semi-dry finish.
Zunft Trunk Dunkel is a gorgeously dry Kellerbier which would be great to session on.