The Pocket Guide to the Best Erlangen & its Countryside Breweries

Franconia is blessed with 100s of great breweries, many of them in small villages outside the big towns. The pocket guide to the best Erlangen and its Countryside Breweries will help you pick out which breweries outside Erlangen you need to visit. Guided tours to breweries outside Bamberg and Forchheim available if you would like to head into the Bamberg/Forchheim countryside with a Franconian beer expert.

A blind man walks into a Franconian village with three breweries & can’t find a beer

Burgunstadt is a charming hilltop village with some lovely half-timbered houses. Günther-Bräu is the lone brewery remaining of the once four. Easily reached by train but hard to find their beer on tap. Try Royal.

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Search for a Brewery/Pub/Bierkeller by Interactive Map

Maps are fun things. They help us visualize the world around us. With our smartphones in hand, they aren't as important in navigating as they once were but what they do for our imagination hasn't been replaced yet. Open the interactive map in full Google Maps format and you can filter by Upper Franconia, Middle Franconia, Lower Franconia, Franconian Baden-Württemberg and Upper Bavarian Franconia. Click on links in entries to reach Beerwanderers write-ups on each place, which includes contact information, opening hours and brewery websites. Always confirm opening hours before setting out. The place to find good beer in the Bamberg area. I hope it helps you visualize your next beery adventure.

Kronach: The Kaiser, The Duck & the Pächter Fäctor

While small Franconian breweries are having a tough time, often closing, even regional player are feeling the pinch. Many continue to brew but their brewery taps are closing at an alarming rate. Finding tenants isn't easy. Finding customers is getting even harder.

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The Pocket Guide to the Best Forchheim & its Countryside Breweries

Franconia is blessed with 100s of great breweries, many of them in small villages outside the big towns. The pocket guide to the best Forchheim and its Countryside Breweries will help you pick out which breweries outside Forchheim you need to visit. Guided tours to breweries outside Bamberg and Forchheim available if you would like to head into the Bamberg/Forchheim countryside with a Franconian beer expert.

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The Pocket Guide to the Best Bamberg Countryside Breweries

Franconia is blessed with 100s of great breweries, many of them in small villages outside the big towns. The Pocket Guide to Bamberg's Best Countryside Breweries will help you pick out which breweries outside Bamberg you need to visit. Guided tours to breweries outside Bamberg available if you would like to head into the Bamberg countryside with a Bamberg beer expert.

Brauhaus Unfinden Hausbier

Brauhaus Unfinden Hausbier is a richly malty treat with some grain and spice in both the nose and palate before a lingering semi-dry finish.

Brauhaus Unfinden Bock

Brauhaus Unfinden Bock is a richly malty treat with some raisin and prune in both the nose and plate before a lingering semi-dry finish. Dangerous at 7.3%.

Köslauer Rennweg Brauer Weißbier

Köslauer Rennweg Brauer Weißbier was brewed specifically for their opening Weißwürstfrühstück on the Sunday of their 3rd annual Oktoberfest. They only did 40 liters so you had to arrive early to partake. It was a nice looking Weizen with lots of banana in the nose. It had a balanced fruity palate with a good yeasty quality and just a hint of banana. One of the drier examples. Quite nice.

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A Münchener goes to the Oktoberfest….in Köslau

The Köslauer Rennweg Brauer threw their third annual Oktoberfest on the first weekend of the name month in 2023. It featured a Weisswurst Frühstück with their own home-brewed Weißbier along with lots of other homemade goodies of both the beer and food variety. A small entertaining trio walked around providing the perfect music accompaniment. Don't miss it in 2024.