Spielbach

Though Spielbach lies technically in Baden-Württemberg, it was not only traditionally part of Franconia but is still very much culturally Franconian. It is a good example of Franconia and Bavaria not truly overlapping outside the world of political jurisdiction. Borders are, after all, only lines on maps and it is the language and culture of the people of an area which define it. So, Spielbach is rightfully included in a discussion of Franconian beer. As you might imagine, there happens to be a fine country brewery in this otherwise small unremarkable village. That alone is more than reason to visit.

Gold-Ochsen

Spielbach 19
74575 Schrozberg
(Spielbach)
Tel: 07939 4616

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 18:00 to 22:30
Sunday                         12:00 to 22:30

Output: 2000 HL

A brewpub has been in this location since 1668 and the Unbehauen family has run it since 1880. Little has changed since then and the timeless old pub could be a museum piece but that it is not. It is very much a working and lively pub which attracts both locals and beer tourists from near and far.

timeless Gold-Ochsen

While it took me longer to know about this place than it perhaps should have, I’d wanted to go there for many years before finally making it. It’s not the easiest place to get to without a car and the one time I did stop by with one, it was closed. I actually knew it would be closed but went just to see it anyway. It was kind of on the way. Thanks to a local friend, I recently got a chance to experience this timeless old gem of a pub.

little has changed since the early 1900s

Well, they only brew two beers and only one of them is on tap at any given time. This time, it was their sublimely quaffable Spezial, a deep golden malt forward affair which manages to have a dry finish despite an apparent lack of any discernible hop presence. There aren’t any menus, only specials of the day. We got a large family style portion of dumpling soup and I got the Wildschweinbraten. It was all marvelous.

great beer & food in addition to atmosphere

Service was swift and friendly once you established yourself as blending in and non-obtrusive. It felt like visiting someone’s house and the food very much tasted like that too. As you can imagine, on the ride back to the station, I was already planting the seed for a December visit. Now, I just have to have their Bock!

Beers: Spezial hell, seasonal Bockbier on tap.

Beer calendar:
Bockbier from mid-December into January

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