Spielbach is home to the legendary Gold-Ochsenbrauerei, a country gem of a pub which is tough to get to without a car. That is unless you want to hike from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This lovely six mile hike through forests and on country roads takes you home, and to a great beery experience.
Mahrsbräu Heller Kellerbock is a dry for the style unfiltered golden Bock with floral notes in both the nose and palate along with a touch of honey for good measure.
Brauerei Spall lies in an area of Baden-Württemberg which once was part of Franconia. The small redbrick building still features copper kettles and the restaurant, Gaststätte Ochsen serves fine meals as well as the local Spall beer. Best reached by car, it is accessible by public transportation.
Herbsthausen lies in the Main-Tauber valley of Franconian Baden-Württemberg. The landscape is one of rolling hills so unsurprisingly, there are plenty of hiking/biking trails including the Herbsthäuser Bierwanderweg which conveniently passes by the local Herbsthäuser Brauerei.
Roppelt Weizen is a serviceable wheat beer with a fruity palate and semi-dry finish.
Schwäbisch Hall is a lovely well-preserved town dotted with half-timbered houses and a variety of architectural styles. Though in Baden-Württemberg is historically and culturally part of Franconia.
Using the 9 Euro Ticket to get to new breweries isn't as easy as you might think but it can be done. Here's how.
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.
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 is serviceable and refreshing Weißbier with some banana and yeast before the lingering finish.