Hölzlein Rauch bottle

Hölzlein Rauch is a very lightly smoky session beer with a faint grainy quality and very dry, clean finish. Excellent and a beer for those who say they don't like Rauchbier.

Running on empty in Spielbach

Is the Gold-Ochsenbrauerei in Spielbach closing? Will the restaurant continue without a brewery. Will the historic Inn shutter its doors? No one knows for sure but let's hope not.

The Häffners and the Häffner nots

Is Franconia in Bavaria? The simple answer is no but as with all complicated things, it's never so easy to explain. Häffner-Bräu is located in spa town Bad Rappenau, which is part of Heilbronn-Franken in Baden-Württemberg. The brewery hotel offers warm meals at lunch and dinner along with a full complement of their beers on tap.

Something’s missing in Spielbach

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.

Mahrs Bräu Heller Kellerbock

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.

When living in Franconia doesn’t translate to being a Frank

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.

The Dutch Connection in Herbsthäuser

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

Roppelt Weizen is a serviceable wheat beer with a fruity palate and semi-dry finish.

Winner takes it all: Schwäbisch Hall

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.

The 9 Euro Ticket to beer Nirvana in Franconian Baden-Württemberg

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.