Brauerei Grosch. That’s Grosch, not
This site was a hotel in 1425 that was licensed to brew in 1492 as long as
they promised to provide beer for the Duke’s court. The Duchy took it over in
1597 but gave it to the Bauersach family in 1736 in exchange for an 8 franc per
vat tax. It passed to Henrich Grosch in 1852 and is now owned by the 6th
generation of that family.
The busy hotel and restaurant are visited by tour busses regularly and we
couldn’t, at first, get a seat anywhere but the courtyard which experienced a
heavy shower, dampening the spirits of the waiter but not our mood. The small
courtyard was interesting – ringed by the hotel, kitchen, and the keg filling
- Zwicklbeer – Light body served in a clay pot. A very bitter helles lager.
- Fuhrmannstrunk – Dark brown. Earth, strong taste. Late developing coffee
bitterness with a touch of chocolate and roast.
- Erntebier – “das sommer frische” Medium gold 3.0% schankbier served in a
swing-top bottle. Deep yellow. Light and mellow lager.
- Also a pilsner, malztrunk, and a bock in season.
bei Rothenburg on de Tauber – Landwehrbrau. They can’t fit the city name on the
sign. They’d use the back side of the sign but it say’s Aufweidersein. That’s
the joke anyway.
The Landwehrbrau Privatbrauerei is actually about half of the town. It has
been owned since 1755 by the Worner family so they probably are officers in the
local chamber of commerce – heck, there isn’t any other business in the town.
It’s a hotel, a restaurant, a brau stuble, and a large brewery complex out back.
Landwehrbrau is distributed in only a 20 mile area plus one outlet in
- Toppler Pils – Bright gold with a creamy white head. Non-biting earthy
floral hops. Pale dry finish. A delicious beer that can only come from years
- Dunkles Landbier – Deep amber. A moderate stale malt aroma. Very creamy
texture. Goes down smooth but is a very plain beer.
- Also available in bottle – Export Edelhell and Pils.
– Brauerei Schnupp. The brewery is out back of a modern restaurant and hotel.
Lunch ends here at 2pm but they serve brats and cold cuts in the afternoon
which suited us fine. Good beers served with little carbonation. Recommended.
- Alte Frankisches Dunkel – Light amber. Little aroma but a big malty
caramel taste that dries quickly.
- Voll – Golden. Nice, clean, pale taste with a richer finish that lingers.
- Also an Edelpilsner on tap and bottled marzen and storchen leichte. They
made a doppelbock but are completely out.
Kulmbach – Kulmbacher Brauerei is big. It’s taken over many of the other
local breweries and now makes Kulmbacher, EKU, Kapuziner, and Monchshof. They
are the biggest employer in Kulmbach and have made their town into a showplace
for their beer. Flags of the various brands are everywhere on the downtown
streets and a block from the main square holds a semi-permanent pavilion which
hosts a festival every 3 or 4 weeks in the summer. We saw at least 3 separate
brewery Kulmbacher complexes in town. There’s also a museum attached to the
Monchshof brewery but it was closed when we stopped in.
Kulmbach – Kommunbrau. Down a 1-lane cobbled street on the northwest edge of
a town dominated by a giant. Location, location, location. You have to look hard
to find this place, even with a map. Have only 2 beers which are the normal
style for the area. It doesn’t seem to be a formula for success but Kommunbrau
has held on as the last independent in town.
It’s a newly built multi-room pub in an old building. It’s supposed to look
old, with 2-wire electricity, cast iron supporting posts, etc. but it only takes
a second glance to see it’s new.
On a slow Monday afternoon when the kitchen is closed some regulars were
sitting in small groups reading the newspaper or whispering conversation while a
few others returned the 1-liter swing-top bottles for deposit refund. The
regulars’ mugs are kept in a locked compartment – odd.
- Helles – Bright yellow, low carbonation. Good, to style, but not
- Dunkel – Dark amber lager. Aroma is faintly of tea and fruity hops. First
taste has sweet candied fruit (orange?) but that changes to darker hoppier
The vats are actually in front of the serving station.