February 28, 2014 by Prost Brewing
The region of Franconia (or “Franken” in German), introduced in the last blog posting, is considered by many to be Germany’s brewing heartland, nestled in the northern part of the world renowned German brewing state of Bavaria. Home to a third of Germany’s breweries, this region is speckled with hundreds of breweries that still brew beer according to ancient German tradition.
There is an alarming diversity of beer produced in Franconia, with each major city singing the praises of their own unique beer style, and each individual brewery within each of these cities offering their own version of the traditional German bier of the area and also of other regions of Germany.
One of the major and most well known beer lover’s havens in Franconia is located in and around the ancient city of Bamberg, Germany. The city dates all the way back to the Holy Roman Empire. Unlike its neighboring towns, it was luckily left unscathed by WWII, and thus still resembles a town from a fairy tale. Set atop seven hills, Bamberg presents a historical milieu of ancient architecture with medieval and Baroque style buildings, and of course, a castle known as the Emperor’s cathedral that towers above the city’s skyline. But besides its outer beauty, Bamberg’s inner beauty lies in its many breweries and pubs and its signature “smoke beer” known as “Rauchbier” made by kilning the malt over a beechwood fire.
Following along the rivers that run through Bamberg and beyond, one can find breweries all along the way offering the many other classic beer styles of the region and of Germany at large. Among the many styles to choose from are such traditional brews as Bockbier, Märzen, and Kellerbier. Kellerbier is especially prized among Franconians since it originated there. To learn more about Kellerbier and its rich history, tune into the next blog. Until then, you can get a first hand, personal experience of Franconia’s bier at Prost Brewing. You won’t want to miss Prost Brewing’s own Kellerbier that took the gold this past October at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF)!
Until next time, “Prost!”