Mürsbach is a charming village on the River Itz not far north of Bamberg in Franconia. Full of half-timbered architecture and home to a fine small rural brewery, it is set amongst rolling hills and most enjoyably reached via canoe.


Zaugendorfer Straße 4
96179 Rattelsdorf
Tel: 09533 98 10 17

Rentweinsdorf Station 4 km/Ebing Station 9 km/irregular bus service
Output: 350 HL
Opening hours:
May to September
Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00
Wednesday & Friday from 12:00
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 10:00
Closed Monday unless a holiday, then closed Tuesday

October to April
Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30
Wednesday & Friday from 12:00
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 10:00
Closed Monday unless a holiday, then closed Tuesday

Some opening hours, huh?  Well, we went on a Thursday in June but it was a holiday so I wrote a mail just to make sure and was told it would be open at 11:00!  So, it might pay to check in advance as they answered their e-mail promptly.
Founded in 1868 and in the Schmitt family ever since, this traditional old Inn has gone through some renovations in both the facility and brewing. It is not only aptly for its name solar-powered but is also now embracing many seasonals and an arsenal of craft beers.  The brewpub serves up excellent meals in both the restaurant and self-service Biergarten. None other than brewer Ralf Schmitt was ably manning the beer fonts.

self-service area of Sonnen-Bräu

I must admit to not having super high expectations for Sonnen-Bräu, having read perhaps old unenthusiastic reviews. I couldn’t have been won over more strongly after one stop and will surely return. The self-service area was clean, modern and very welcoming.  They had a large selection of hot meals but we both opted for Kalbsbraten (roast veal) mit Klöße (dumplings) served with a side of Wirsing (creamed savory cabbage). It was a fantastic meal and very large. I had to eat one of my wife’s slices of veal, she just couldn’t finish it. We washed it down with a surprisingly tasty Kellerbier. In old reviews, people mentioned Helles and Lagerbier so perhaps the brewer has infused some of his love of craft beer into his regular line-up. 
Kalbsbraten & Klöße, Wirsing and Kellerbier
It was hard to not have another Kellerbier but the craft beer offering sounded good and we decided to try his Hopfenblümla, a fine Pale Ale. He really spent his time pouring it and it looks fantastic when I brought it back to the table. The taste more than lived up to its visual appeal. I’m sure if we hadn’t been canoeing back to town, we would have had another.

Rooms are available and I imagine next time we’re in the area, we might just stay here.
Beers: Kellerbier, Hefeweizen
Beer Calendar:
seasonals change every six weeks
Dunkel in February & March
Märzen in March & April
Rauch in May & June
Hopfenblümla in June & July
Zwickel Pils in July & August
Hopfenblümla Session IPA in August & September
Festbier in September & October
Hellerbock in October, November & December
Weizenbock in October, November & December
Grünhopfen Winterale in December & January

Kirchweih is the first Sunday in October
Bockbieranstich is the last Friday in October

Wow, what a line-up and that’s only the beers on tap. They also brew many bottle only special editions!

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