How to hike five miles and visit five breweries in one day outside Bamberg

The Dorf Breweries Express is an easy 9km hike in Franconia Switzerland which takes in five small regional breweries. Join Beer Hiking Bavaria author Rich Carbonara to find the best beers and foods along the way.

Reblitz Weizenbock

Reblitz Weizenbock is a gorgeous example of the style with mild clove and caramelized banana in both the nose and palate. The lingering finish is semi-dry.

Trunk Nothelfer Fastenbock on tap

Trunk Nothelfer Fastenbock is a dark dangerous brew at 8%, full of rich malt, dried stone fruit and underlying hops.

Heller Doppelbock

Bamberg and Franconian beer styles explained in simple terms which are listed alphabetically

Can you go beer hiking in winter? You sure can!

Mittenwald has numerous hiking trails. One of the best is to the Kranzberg and then further on to the Lautersee and Ferchensee. Finish up at the Mittenwalder Postkeller. Details in Rich Carbonara's book Beer Hiking Bavaria.

Weiherer Hopfenweizen

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Hopfenweizen is a great mix of the two, with Citra, Polaris and Cascade hops making this a citrusy treat.

Weiherer Summer Ale

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Summer Ale is a light citrusy ale, amply hopped and full of summery flavors.

Weiherer Grünhopfen Pils

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Grünhopfen Pils is a cold-hopped unfiltered Pils with a balanced citrusy palate and some grapefruit in the nose.

Don’t Look Back at Kloster Kreuzberg

It had been nearly 20 years since our first visit to Kloster Kreuzberg. Expectations are funny things when it comes to experiencing beery pilgrimage sites and this exercise proved no different.

Staffelberg-Bräu Sommer Weizen

Staffelberg-Bräu Sommer Weizen is a citrusy take on the style, making for a moreish finish.