Nikl-Bräu

brewery exterior
Egloffsteiner Straße 19
91362 Pretzfeld
Tel: 09194 72 50 25
brauerei-nikl.de

Pretzfeld Station 450 meters/regular trains from Forchheim take 15 minutes

Opening hours: Best to check their website as hours vary
Monday to Thursday open only for beer seminars
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00 (food all day on Saturday and Sunday)
(currently open only for events)/in warm weather months, head to their nearby
Pretzfelder Keller.


Output: 1500 HL

Founded in 2008, Nikl Bräu is certainly one of the new Franconian beer players  and quite an adept one at that. Though open only on weekends, it’s very popular due to its great mix of traditional and modern ideas when it comes to experimentation.  They converted an old farmhouse and if you walked in, you’d swear this was one of the old timers on the Franconian brewing scene.  Their Zwickl and Michala are well-made and traditional in flavor.  They may lack a bit of depth but are certainly a quaffable duo. (Please note: I tried them again at their Pretzfelder Keller and both seem much improved) They also have many seasonal beers and craft beer offerings. That along with a full menu of food available all day on weekends is what draws the crowds.

Smoked Bock & Michala 

I’ve only been there once and it was after a long day of walking and brewery visits so I didn’t get any photos of the marvelous farmhouse restoration, so I’ll be returning hopefully soon to rectify that.  I had also eaten at both of my previous brewery visits earlier in the day so only had a plate of fairly tasty Bratwurst while there.   They had quite a few craft beers available in bottles but they did have a seasonal Rauchbock on tap, which was quite nice and a low carbonation if high octane easy drinker. I finally got to try their Michala on tap. Though it paled in comparison to the beers I had drunk earlier in the day, those were two incredibly good beers at Penning and Drummer. It was a very nice beer with the Bratwurst nonetheless.

a nice pair of Bratwurst & Nikl-Bräu Zwickl

Beers: Nikl-Zwickl, Michala, Weiße Eule are all on tap, IPA, Rauchbock, Ale-Biere, Bockbiere.

Beer calendar:
Bockbieranstich is the third Saturday in October
Changing seasonal beers

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