Schesslitz is a small town with some interesting old buildings to check out while you wait for the Drei Kronen to open or if you’re waiting for the somewhat infrequent buses plying this bus route between Bamberg and Bayreuth. There are some walking trails heading in various directions, often to yet another great Franconian brewery.
There were once three breweries in Schesslitz but only one remains. They are making a lot of effort to stay traditional but still go with the times and are well worth supporting. So if in town, by means stop by for a great beer.
Brauerei Drei Kronen
Tel: 09542 15 64
Bamberg Station 14 km/irregular bus service
Closed Thursday to Saturday
Sunday to Wednesday from 17:00
Output: 1500 HL
Founded in 1669, the Drei Kronen is the only one remaining of the once three proud small breweries to grace this small town. It’s the oldest brewery and is amazingly still in the Lindner family with a Lindner still at the brewing helm no less. Though it remains very traditional, the small but feisty brewery has taken to the craft beer revolution finally making its way to Germany. It now makes some additional beers to their classic Schääzer Kronabier.
I was first in Schesslitz in 2003, and its small atmospheric interior was full of old world charm that was very new to me at the time. I often wondered if it remained the same and after having some of their new beers at a beer festival in Munich, I made a vow to return. I finally got back there in 2018 and though updated with some nice touches with regard to decorations in the pub, it still had a local feel. The service was friendly even if we were only stopping in for a beer. They had a small but varied menu with some items not found in most Franconian brewpubs. We’d eaten a big breakfast and had a fair hike in front of us so opted to just have a beer.
seasonal Bock & signature Schääzer Kronabier
I opted for the seasonal Bock and it was a gorgeous one. My wife ordered the Lagerbier and it was lovely, too.
Beers: Schääzer Kronabier (Lagerbier), Premium, Original 1837 Dunkel, Weißbier, Roggenbier, Rauchbier Hell.
Weißbier Dunkel from January to April
Zwickl from May to August
Kirchweihfestbier from July toAugust
Weizenbock from September to May
Bock from November to December
Weihnachtsfestbier from November to December
Weizenbockanstich is the 2nd Friday after Ash Wednesday
Kirchweih is the last Sunday in August
Bockbieranstich is the Friday after Repentance Day (mid-November)
Closed in 2012
I was in this classic old brewpub in 2003 along with the Drei Kronen. They were quite similar in their old world charm and ability to transform the visitor back a couple centuries on walking through the door. Their Vollbier Dunkel and timeless old pub are greatly missed.
Schmitt Bräu closed in 2002, a year before I visited Schesslitz but I hear it has reopened as a beer store and their beers are now contract brewed. As of 2024, it is an operating brewery. Hope to check it out soon.
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