Becher-Bräu

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St. Nikolausstraße 25
95445 Bayreuth
Tel: 0921-68993
www.becherbraeu.de
Bayreuth Station 2.6 km/limited bus service
Opening hours:
Closed Tuesday
Daily from 9
Output: 1000 HL
Founded in 1781, Becher-Bräu is the oldest brewery in Bayreuth and remains perhaps the most like its original self of the once proud legion of breweries in the town more famous for the Richard Wagner Festival. Sadly, it’s probably less visited than the more commercial breweries and even those that no longer brew but put airs on  that they do. This is due to its location a bit on the outskirts of town but it’s well worth the 2.5 km walk even if there’s not anything else to see out there aside from the brewing vessels.
I was only at the brewery once but enjoyed both the food and beer despite the circumstances. It was a cool night and we’d arrived a little later than hoped for. Even though we were staying next to Brauerei Maisel, we’d made the effort to go to Becher as we only had the one night in town. Becher’s restaurant inside was packed and there was no chance of a seat but we decided to sit outside as we’d come a long way and we weren’t the only ones out there. We started with a couple of the unfiltered Pils and it was quite good so were excited to have a Dunkles as it was the beer we’d come for.  When our food came, the waitress explained the Dunkles was only available in bottles so I got one. It was great and my wife wanted one of her own but on asking for it, the waitress said the one I’d just drunk was the last one.  Needless to say, we were a disappointed.
At any rate, the area outside would be nice on a sunny warm day and the interior looked like a typical Franconia pub, nothing special but certainly cozy enough. We’d have been happy to drink a few of the great dark beers if they’d had seats and any more of it. The Kalterbraten (cold roast pork) plate and Schweinebraten (roast pork) with Baggers (potato pancakes) were quite good and that one Dunkles was even better. Hope to return one day and score a spot inside and more than one of these great beers.


Kalterbraten & Schweinebraten with Baggers
Beers: Original, Kräusen Pils, Dunkel, Festbier 205, Spezial, unfiltered Kräusen Pils.
Beer calendar:
Volksfestbier on Whit Sunday
Bockbier Anstich is the beginning of October
Weihnachtsfestbier from the middle of November
Kirchweih is the 3rd Sunday in September
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