I feel fine on the Kösseine

The Kösseinhaus is a great rustic hut located on the Kösseine peak in the Fichtelbebirge Nature Park. It can only be reached on foot from numerous parking lots within the park or further afield on long distance hiking routes. The closest lots involve hiking 2-3 kilometers on fair but uphill paths. There has been a weatherproof hut in this place since 1805 but the current structure was built in 1898 and totally renovated for its 100th anniversary. The hut is surprisingly large and while rustic, quite cozy. Full warm meals are served every day, year round. Since the closure of the Ratsstuben in Wunsiedel, this is probably the best place to sample the local Hönicka Bräu beers on tap. It’s certainly the most scenic!

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.

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.

Scherdel Premium Pilsner

Scherdel Premium Pilsner is a classic German Pils with a balanced dry hoppy palate and clean finish.

five different colored beers in logo glasses

The 2nd Annual Looking for Mr. Good Beers & Breweries Top 5 Awards 2023

Check out the Top 5 Beer experiences of 2023 and make plans to enjoy your beer dreams in 2024!

Meinel-Bräu Weizenbock

Meinel-Bräu Weizenbock is a lovely example of the style with a richly malty fruity palate and a lingering semi-dry finish. The mix of fruit, yeast and banana is classic.

A military assault on Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a walled medieval wonder located on the Romantic Road in the Franconian part of Bavaria. It's also a great place to sample local beers and hike out to the legendary brewery gem in Spielbach.

Jürgens Rotbier

Jürgens Rotbier is a balanced richly malty Rotbier with a nice spicy character and aromatic hops in the nose. The lingering finish is semi-dry and semi-bitter.

Landwehr-Bräu Hell on tap

Landwehr-Bräu Hell is a malt forward golden brew with a grainy palate and lingering semi-dry finish. On tap at the Landwehr am Turm in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Landwehr-Bräu Toppler Pils on tap

Landwehr-Bräu Toppler Pils is another Helles in disguise of a Pils, not untypical in Franconia. I found their Edel oddly more hoppy in flavor if not the nose. I suggest their Altfränkisch Dunkel but if you must drink a lighter color beer, I'd still with the Helles.