Schneider-Bräu (Zur Kanne)

exterior of brewery
Bachgasse 15
Weißenburg in Bayern 91781

Weißenburg (Bayern) Station 2km

Opening hours: Might be subject to change, please call in advance to make sure
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday to Sunday 11:00-14:30 & 17:30-22:00 (f00d 11:30-14:00 & 21:00)

Output: 3000 HL (probably a lot less in new format)

Founded in 1772, Schneider-Bräu may not have been the biggest of Weißenburg’s breweries but it was surely the most beloved. It sadly stopped brewing in 2015 when the family decided to concentrate their business interests elsewhere. With a cozy atmosphere and great quality and value meals, it could have likely survived as a restaurant with another brewery’s beer, as it did for some time. Oddly, the brewery  still brews beer for the city’s Kirchweih once a year so perhaps this is what has led to the latest development in its long history.

an old photo of Schneider-Bräu & the historical plaque outside the pub

In 2018, the family decided to find a tenant to take over the operation of the pub with the agreement that the brewery would again supply it and it only with their beer.  So, in autumn of that year, Zur Kanne opened its doors once again with what sounds like great food and the same beer. The brewery is not bottling their beer as in previous times and it doesn’t sound like there are any plans to do so, either.

my wife & I on an earlier visit to Schneider-Bräu & their small brewery museum

 I also took my visiting Dad there and he was equally impressed with their fine meals.  Their go-to beer was their Märzen and it appears thankfully to be one of the beers that is available on tap now, too.  We had a marvelous pumpkin soup, Bratwurst and pork fillets over roasted potatoes and string beans that day.

pumpkin soup with Märzen, Bratwurst & pork fillets

When I went with my Dad, we both opted for a lovely Schnitzel that was also served over roasted potatoes and was accompanied by the best string bean bundles wrapped in bacon I’ve ever had. My wife has been dreaming of having them ever since (she had to work that day!). Though she loved the Schneider beer, I think she was saddest about it closing due to these string beans.  Anyway, she was happy to hear it’s reopened and hopes to find them still on the menu.

Dad’s not a real beer drinker but for a meal like this, even he’s happy at a brewery

We finally made our way to the reopened Zur Kanne. It looks exactly the same from the outside and if anything the interior is even nicer. It’s a homey traditional affair but it has nice modern flourishes which sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill Franconian brewpub. The menu was a bit smaller than the old one from memory but it’s a well-thought out one just the same, concentrating on Schnitzels, steaks and nudel-based dishes. There is also a large variety of homemade soups. We were there on a Saturday and though not mentioned, it’s not unlikely that on Sundays, typical Franconian roast meals are on offer. It was very busy so there was little chance to inquire about it.

their rich Märzen was in great form & their tasty pumpkin soup was excellent

We’d done a nice hike up to the Wulzburg fortress so we were hungry. We rarely get a soup appetizer but the choice of five soups and the dropping temps made it hard to resist. We both got the pumpkin soup, which was rich and full of pumpkin and a slight spice. The presentation was a few notches above the typical Franconian brewpub too. Their Märzen was every bit as good as remembered and paired well with the soup.

a nicely done rump steak & their Helles

My wife got liver, which she raved about and I opted for the rump steak, which conveniently came in two sizes
. I took the smaller one as I was quite full from the rather large soup. The Helles was serviceable but after the Märzen, a bit lighter on flavor. In summer, it would be a good choice but if there in the cooler months, the Märzen is the way to go. Sadly, they no longer brew a Dunkles, much to my wife’s disappointment.

So, Zur Kanne is back and while not exactly as it once was, perhaps more prepared to weather the tough for small brewpub landscape that has put many out of business. You’ll enjoy the food, atmosphere and the beer if you smartly make your way here.

Beers: Märzen, Helles, Weizen all on tap

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