The Main River is not only the longest contained in river in Germany so perhaps unsurprisingly important in the brewing world as a source of water and transportation. There are many in Franconia, where the it originates and a particularly scenic stretch is in Lower Franconia. Three towns to seek out for beer on this route are Marktheidenfeld (Martinsbräu), Wertheim (Spessart) and Lohr am Main (Keiler Brauhaus).
Lower Franconia is a lovely bucolic area dotted with small hamlets and a surprising number of regional breweries not to be missed by the intrepid beerwanderer. This details a road trip to Strecks Brauhaus in Ostheim, Rother-Bräu in Roth, Pax-Bräu in Oberelsbach and the Wittelsbacker Turm Bräu at its namesake tower.
The Fünf Seidla Steig is perhaps the best known Beer Hiking Trail but the Teufelstisch is another great hike in the area, worth exploring.
Theinheim is set in a beautiful rural landscape, had numerous hiking trails and one very find brewpub called Zum Grünen Baum.
The new book from Rich Carbonara "Beer Hiking Bavaria" is out now.
For those how haven't heard, beer hiking is a thing despite it not being on Wikipedia. It will surely be there soon, mark my words. I just might have to do the write-up myself if no one else does. So, what exactly is beer hiking? Quite loosely, it's the combining of hiking and drinking beer. … Continue reading Beer Hiking is a thing: Fünf Seidla Steig®
Keesmann Festbier was a one-off brewed for the Reinheitsgebot. With a bit malty palate and dry finish, it was a quaffable brew the brewery might hopefully reprise.