Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. This oak barrel aged version of their already gorgeous Imperial Stout is a majestic example of how barrel aging can work. It’s a richly malty contemplative brew with a complex mix of oak, dried fruit, chocolate and coffee. It sounds like an odd combination but the flavors meld beautifully. The lingering finish is quite dry for 7.8% with a pleasant bitterness which makes it incredibly drinkable.
Hufeisen Bio Dunkel is an unfiltered roasty dunkles with a lingering semi-dry, semi-bitter finish.
Frauendorfer Hell is a balanced malty brew with fair hopping and a semi-dry, semi-bitter finish. At 4.4%, it's a great session beer.
Aufsesser Bock Dunkel is a richly malty dark Bock with some roast and burnt caramel along with Spalter hops. The lingering finish is bittersweet.
Gampert-Bräu Bock is a richly malty Hellerbock with a lingering semi-dry, bittersweet finish. At 7.2%, it's a contemplative sipper.
Lindenbräu Tennen Hell is quite dry and fairly hopped for a Helles so it is more Franconian than many of the new breed.
The Walberlafest is perhaps Germany's oldest spring festival. Set high on a hill called the Walberla, it is certainly the most atmospheric. Hike around it before ascending for the most dramatic entrance.
Staffelberg-Bräu Zwerchla is a surprisingly light and dry example of a Roggenbier with a refreshing fruity palate and lingering semi-bitter finish.
The Naabtal is a gorgeous lush valley with tons of hiking and biking opportunities. It is also dotted with quite a few great breweries so it's a prime beer hiking region. I met up with Prime Passages founder Kevin Holsapple for a hike from Pielenhofen to Adlersberg. Of course, Prösslbräu was our beery destination. Their Palmator was a just reward.
Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Zwickerla Dunkel dry fruity beer with a lingering bitter finish.