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.

A military assault on Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a walled medieval wonder located on the Romantic Road in the Franconian part of Bavaria. It's also a great place to sample local beers and hike out to the legendary brewery gem in Spielbach.

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.

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.

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.

Gold-Ochsen Festbock

Gold-Ochsen Festbock is a richly malty but surprisingly dry and fruity bock with a moreish finish. Dangerous at 8%

Beers 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.

Gold-Ochsen Spezial hell

Gold-Ochsen Spezial hell is a sublime malt forward brew with a richly malty palate and surprisingly clean dry finish.