Hofer Straße 20
Kulmbach Station 1.5 km
Daily from 10:00
Output: 2,100,000 HL
Founded, or maybe merged is a better way to put it, in 1996. Obviously, many of its parts have long and illustrious pasts but no use crying over spilled beer. The actual brewery is not at this address though there is a Brewery Museum which brews some specialty beers here. The museum draws a fair amount of people but like many, I came out there to have a meal in the somewhat atmospheric beer hall. There is a nice big leafy Biergarten, as well, but no one was manning it the day we stopped by.
chestnuts in bloom at the leafy Biergarten
I wanted to check out the beer hall anyway and it was nicely done up in dark wood and typical furniture. It was a bustling place even during the week at lunch with lots of big groups, probably having just finished a brewery museum visit.
Nice beer hall and bar area
I opted for their tasty Schäuferla (pork shoulder) washed down with two of their very nice Schwarzbiers. I believe it was on tap but the website lists it now as only available in bottles. It’s a shame as it’s a good beer and not as easy to find as it should be, given the distribution network of the conglomerate. Once called Klosterschwarz and referred to as the “Black Pils,” due to its bitterness, I’m sure the recipe has been dummed down a bit for the masses. Sadly, the masses aren’t drinking it if it’s not on tap so why not try and make something for those of us who want something like say, a Black Pils. Ah, craft beer idea #1 for Mönchshof. At any rate, it was a great meal and the beer sure went well with it. Overall, I’d go back but not rushing back with so many other amazing smaller places in Franconia.
Schwarzbier & Schäuferla is one great combo
Beers: Mönchshof Kellerbier, Original and Weißbier all on tap, Mönchshof Landbier, Hell, Lager, Schwarzbier and Bockbier in bottles, Kapuziner Kellerweizen, Schwarz, Kristall and Leicht in bottles.
Seasonal beers: Mönchshof Maibock, Weihnachtsbier and Kapuziner Winterweizen.
Bierwoche (Beer Week) is a week long beer festival that rivals Munich’s Oktoberfest and is held for the last weekend of July to the first weekend in August.
Obviously, the brewery makes all the Kulmbacher and EKU beers but you can find them anywhere. The above beers are what they have at the Mönchshof Bräuhaus.
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