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.

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.

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.

There’s spring and smoke in the air in Bamberg: A Guide to Bamberg’s Best Beer Gardens

The guide to Bamberg's beer gardens is way to find places to enjoy both beer and food in the most scenic settings. If you're time in the Beer Mecca is limited, this is the essential guide to find the best.

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.