Brauerei Zehendner
brewery exterior
Mönchsambach 18
96138 Burgebrach
Tel: 09546-380

Bamberg Station 21 km

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Thursday from 3:00
Friday & Saturday from 11:00
Closed Sunday & Monday

Output: 5000 HL

Founded in 1899 and in the same family since 1939, this small village brewery has a big reputation in Franconia and that’s not an easy thing to do in an area where locals drink the local beer. This is one brewery Franconians seem to know and to respect.  The pub itself is simple but the Biergarten is quite nice with leafy green trees being set off well against the freshly painted pink building.

Though not overly hard to reach by bus, it’s not always super convenient getting back though with a bit of planning, it’s doable.  There isn’t anywhere in the village to stay but you can stay in the  Brauerei Schwan in nearby Burgebrach, which is about 5 km away. I did just this the first time here and found out the “other” brewery was quite good, too! Update: the Brauerei Schwan is experiencing staff shortages and is currently not renting their rooms. Hopefully, this will change but there are other options in Burgebrach.

The first time here, I had some nice Bratwurst and mistakenly ordered the Export, a fine beer in its own right. I also had their Maibock in a bottle, which was also excellent though I was disappointed it wasn’t on tap.  On the way out, I noticed a gravity dispensed beer, which turned out to be the more noted Lagerbier.

Tasty Export on tap with Bratwurst

That winter we returned so my wife could drink a few beers. She’d kindly done the driving first time and thankfully was rewarded with equally good beers at Brauerei Schwan.  This time, we had a great plate of Kalterbraten (cold roast pork) and correctly ordered the Lagerbier. We also had their Weihnachtsbock, though again it was in a bottle.  Oddly enough, we had it at Cafe Abseits in Bamberg on tap a few years earlier.

Weihnachtsbock & Kalterbraten in their atmospheric brewpub

Stopped back for their Weihnactsbock Anstich this past December and finally had their Bock from gravity dispense at the brewery.

two beer mugs
Weihnachtsbock on tap

Returned yet again this past December for the Bockbieranstich and went earlier to get a seat in the main pub. It was much cozier and the beer even better. I also had my first Knochla and quite enjoyed it. Also, tried their tasty Gerupfter (cheese spread similar to Bavarian Obatzn) and homemade pretzels, probably the best I’ve ever had in Franconia.

Bockbieranstich, Kochla and Gerupfter with amazing homemade pretzels

Beers: Export, ungespundetes Lagerbier (gravity dispense), Hefeweizen.

Beer calendar:
Maibock (in May)
Weihnachtsbock (in December)
Kirchweih (the beginning of November November)
Weihnachtsbockbieranstich (the Friday before the third Advent)

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