Priesendorf is a small village in the Steigerwald, a pretty hilly area with numerous hiking trails including the Panoramaweg, a trail high on my list of things to do in Franconia.

Brauerei Schrüfer
priesendorf schrüfer exterior
Hauptstraße 31
96170 Priesendorf
Tel: 09549 317

Bamberg Station 15 km/limited bus service

Opening hours:
Closed Wednesday unless a holiday, then it’s closed Thursday
Monday to Thursday from 3:00
Friday to Sunday and holidays from 10:00

Output: 700 HL

Founded in 1865, this small village brewpub remains in the Schüfer family who brew some of the driest beers in Franconia. It lies directly on the Panoramaweg that takes in some fine scenery as well as a few breweries along the way. It’s likely busy in summer but I’ve only been there in winter, once to find it closed and the second time, thankfully open with a few locals enjoying their Vollbier, actually the lighter of their beers, typical of the Steigerwald region.  I mistakenly thought the darker beer was the Vollbier but decided to have both since it took me two trips to get inside the door!  Both were similar and excellent.  I didn’t get a chance to eat as  I had to catch a bus back to Bamberg in an hour but I’ll be back.

light ad dark beers in mugs
two find dry hoppy brews at Brauerei Schrüffer

It took me a couple years to get back but finally did while staying in nearby Weiher at the Kündmüller brewery. I was researching hikes and breweries for my book Beer Hiking Bavaria. The Weiher hike made it into the book but I had awful weather for the hike to Priesendorf so unfortunately no decent photos. At any rate, it did get me back to the brewery and the Dunkles Vollbier, as expected this time, wasn’t on tap. I had a couple of the signature Vollbiers and they really hit the spot, even after a fairly wet walk there. On leaving, I noticed a great little Biergarten off to the side of the brewery so now I have another reason to return.

golden beer in mug
a beer worth the walk: Schrüfer Vollbier

Beers: Vollbier

Beer calendar:
Dunkles Vollbier beer from October to April
Kirchweih is the last Sunday in August

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