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A Salty Patch on the Unterfranken Express

Lower Franconia is a lovely bucolic area dotted with small hamlets and a surprising number of regional breweries not to be missed by the intrepid beerwanderer. This details a road trip to Strecks Brauhaus in Ostheim, Rother-Bräu in Roth, Pax-Bräu in Oberelsbach and the Wittelsbacker Turm Bräu at its namesake tower.

What makes the Walberfest so special? Sometimes, it’s not about the beer.

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.

Zum Löwenbräu 1747 Dunkles on tap

Zum Löwenbräu 1747 Dunkles is a fine unfiltered dark beer more in the Kellerbier family, featuring a lovely dry palate and moreishly dry finish.

Zum Löwenbräu 1747 Original on tap

Zum Löwenbräu 1747 Original is a fine unfiltered Helles more in the Kellerbier family, featuring a lovely dry palate and moreishly dry finish.

Zum Löwenbräu Karpfen Weisse on tap

Zum Löwenbräu Karpfen Weisse is a fruity wheat beer with lots of banana and yeast in the nose and palate.

Schlenkerla Rauchweizen on tap

Schlenkerla's Rauchweizen truly combines the smoke of the brewery with classic Weissbier flavors. This on tap version is even drier than the bottled one. Definitely one to try when there!

Ulrich Martin Josephi Bock on tap

Ulrich Martin is a traditional brewery lovingly restored by the man himself. The Josephi Bock is fantastic bock full of rich malt and fine hops. The lingering finish is moreishly semi-dry, making for a dangerous 7% brew.

Zum Löwenbräu Schwarzer Löwe

Zum Löwenbräu Schwarzer Löwe is a good example of the roasty style with a semi-dry finish.

Spalter Winterbier

Spalter Winterbier is a balanced richly malty offering from the hops growing region based brewery. It's dangerously drinkable at 5.6%

On the need to be understood & not get hit by a passing truck en route to the Forstquell Brauerei

The Forest-Quell Brauerei is part of the Oettinger Group but it is used for experimental beers and training in addition to retaining the feel of a small family owned brewpub. The homey Inn and lovely Biergarten are much beloved by locals for their excellent food and beer. The hike from Wassertrüdingen to the brewery is quite scenic and the beer is worth the walk!