More renowned as the home to Adidas, Herzogenaurach is actually a surprisingly cute little medieval town I’d have certainly missed if it weren’t for the regionally noted Brauerei Heller. It’s an easy bus trip from Erlangen but the limited weekend opening hours for the brewery make a visit challenging.
Brauerei Hans Heller
Tel: 09132 2073
Erlangen Station 11km/regular bus service
Output: 5000 HL
Monday through Friday 7:30-5:30
Saturday 8:00-12:30 (sharp!)
Founded in 1874, this very small center of town brewery is a throwback to another age and fits well in the medieval framework of the surprisingly atmospheric town. Old accounts show more typical hours for such places, being open for lunch with a midday break and reopening for the evening but it’s strictly a daytime affair probably due to the brewer getting up there in the years. So, it’s either go during the week or head out there for a post breakfast brew on Saturday. We tried to do just that, arriving a little after noon only to find a non-too-happy proprietor ready to close. My wife pleaded, explaining we’d come all the way from Munich and he relented to us having one beer. It was a nice malty Export and though I’d have liked to enjoy a few more of his wares, I settled for taking a couple of Schwarzbiers with me to go.
Not a long visit but worth the effort just the same. Places like this aren’t likely to be around for long so enjoy them while you can.
Heller’s Export and scenic old sign
Beers: Heller’s Export, Heller Pils, Heller’s Schwarzes, Heller Hefe-Weißbier, Heller Zwickl
Heller Kirchweih-Bier (July to mid-August, December to mid-January)
Heller Fest-Märzen (Mid-August to December, mid-January to July)
Heller Herzogenauracher-Bock (end of October to end of March)
Heller Weihnachts-Festbier (end of November to end of January)
Summer Kerwa is the beginning of July
Martinikerwa is the weekend after All Saint’s Day
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