Häffner-Bräu

 Häffner-Bräu

Salinenstraße 24
74906 Bad Rappenau
Tel: +49 7264 8050
www.brauerei-haeffner.de
Rooms available

Bad Rappenau station 500m

Opening hours:
Closed Friday
Daily 9:00 to 22:30 (warm food 12:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00)

Output: 2000 HL

Founded in 1840 and in the same family since 1908, they boast an attached hotel and their own hop garden. The old school restaurant  was like stepping into a time-warp and could easily be in Franconia but they herald Swabian food, the first sign it’s not the most Franconian of regions. That said, it was rustic food nonetheless and aside from a preponderance of Spätzle, the food wasn’t so super different.

the cozy restaurant & lobby

I made it just in time for lunch and ordered the lunch special which included soup and a main course at 19€. I was happy to see .3l pours as they had quite a few beers on tap and my expectations were low.  I started off with their Kurstadt Weizen, which I was glad to see in a logo glass, paired with a very tasty if small asparagus soup. Unimpressed with the Weizen, I moved onto their Raban Kellertrüb and stayed with the smaller pour.

 a pair of Häffner beers & soup to kick it off

The Raban was good enough to make me think of getting a full pour of the Export but was glad I’d stuck with the .3l once I sampled it. The Rinderbraten was excellent but a very a small portion for the price, even with soup included. I moved onto a much nicer Pils, which came in a .4l anyway.

two more of the beers & a tasty beer meal

I was still kind of hungry even after a meal with soup and four admittedly small beers so I got a slice of dark chocolate cake with their Schwarzberg Gold, a lovely soft dark beer.

a nice dessert pairing

After checking in at my hotel and a stroll around town, I was back for dinner. I opted for the very local dish Gaisburger Marsch, a Swabian stew with Spätzle. I had decided to stick with my favorite of their beers.

back to the Dunkel & a tasty Swabian stew

The stew wasn’t as hearty I’d anticipated so I got a rather large portion of Kalterbraten and another dark beer before finishing up with a Pils. I had thought about their bottled Craft Beer line-up (Hopfenstopfer) when I was there for lunch but had found them at the shop earlier so didn’t need to sample them while there. I was good and full at this point and got a fiery plum schnapps to end the evening.

finishing up

I quite enjoyed all of the food and two of the beers I tried but felt the prices were high. I have found in general that Baden-Württemberg is a bit more expensive than similar locations in Bavaria and pretty much all areas of the more formally recognized Franconia.

Beers: Häffner-Bräu Export, Häffner-Bräu Kur Pils, Häffner-Bräu Schwarzberg Gold, Häffner-Bräu Raban Kellertrüb, Häffner-Bräu Kurstadt Weizen.

Bottled beers: Hopfenstopfer Citra Ale, Hopfenstopfer Comet IPA, Hopftenstopfer Incredible IPA, Hopfenstopfer Monroe 2.0. These beers are all single hop varieties and the hops come from their own hop garden.

the Hopfenstopfer beers I picked up

Beer calendar:
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