On a slow train to Franconian Baden-Württemberg

Franconia is not only part of Bavaria and there are areas traditionally in Franconia which still are culturally. The Distelhäuser Brauerei and a beautiful landscape are good reasons to explore the Franconian valley of the Main-Tauber.

Fishing for a Bock without borders

Do borders and beers mix? In Franconia, sometimes they get mixed up. A recent visit to the Gold-Ochsenbrauerei in Spielbach revealed not all is what it seems when you venture into the Hohenlohe.

Krug-Bräu Weisse

Krug-Bräu Weisse is serviceable and refreshing Weißbier with some banana and yeast before the lingering finish.

Kleebaum Bier

Kleebaum Kellerbier is contract brew for the defunct Bamberg Kleebaum brewery. It's a nice balanced session beer with Spalter hops in both the nose and palate.

Eckerts Kellerbier by Gänstaller

This Kellerbier is brewed for Eckerts by Gänstaller in Schnaid. It's a dry fruity brew with well-integrated grain and a dry semi-bitter finish.

Gänstaller Zwickel Pils

Gänstaller Zwickel Pils is a gorgeously hoppy with grassy notes intermingling with citrus hops before the lingering dry bitter finish.

Mahrs Bräu Maibock

Mahrs Bräu Maibock is unfiltered golden Bock with floral hops in both the nose and palate. The lingering finish is semi-dry and bittersweet.

Krug-Bräu Festbier

Krug-Bräu Festbier is a dark Fest with roast in the nose and palate but underlying hops peeking through for a moreish finish.

Krug-Bräu Bock bottle

The bock from one of Franconia's biggest regional players: Krug-Bräu is a sure winner with a nice hoppy palate and long dry finish

Krug-Bräu Winterbier

Krug-Bräu Winterbier is a dark rich Festbier with a touch of roast and dark pumpernickel before the semi-dry finish.