Beer without borders is not only the motto of a well-known Craft Bierr brewery, but also on our trips. As beer lovers, we are always on the lookout for breweries, brewery pubs or beer gardens and want to get to know the local beer.
We prefer to drink the beer that is produced directly on site or in the immediate vicinity. Especially the smaller breweries, which often offer the tap even in the brewhouse, often produce great-tasting and sometimes quite unusual beers, but unfortunately often do not stand out in the large traditional beer scene. Larger breweries often offer a wide range of beers, appeal to a broad audience, and are much more likely to be represented, especially in restaurants.
The variety of the offer is almost infinite… the taste so different… and yet the brewing process is always the same. When the opportunity arises, we enthusiastically participate in brewery tours, looking forward to tasting the beer at the end and often carrying home a bottle or two. We enjoy talking to the brewers about their beers and always learn something new.
In search of the good taste of beer in Germany
No country has a similarly high density of breweries as Germany. There are said to be over 1,500 breweries in 16 German states. Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia are home to about 70 percent of Germany’s breweries. So it’s not hard to find good-tasting beers.
The municipality of Hallerndorf is located in Franconian Switzerland. Here you will find the Rittmayer brewery, which is one of the oldest breweries in the district. During a guided tour of the brewery, followed by a tasting, you can learn a lot about the art of brewing and the development of the brewery.
It is raining cats and dogs when we arrive in Alpirsbach. Actually just the right weather for a guided tour of the Alpirsbach brewery. But of course it's not just us who have come up with this idea and so more and more people gather under their umbrellas at the meeting point.
Since we like to move around a lot and not just drink beer, we now simply combine both topics and go on beer hikes that take us from one brewery pub or brewery to the next.
Breweries, Craft Beer and Craft Beer Bars Discovered in Europe
If you’re traveling in Europe, you can, of course, also have access to German beer varieties. However, we prefer the local offer. Some countries are known for their beer production, in other countries you have to search a bit, but usually find beer that comes from the region.