Neustadt an der Aisch

Neustadt an der Aisch isn’t likely to be on the average tourist itinerary but if you are traveling by public transportation into the lovely Aisch Valley, you are likely to make a switch in this small town. I did just that on my way to Uehlfeld to eat carp and drink the beers of Prechtel and Zwanzger. I didn’t give the town brewery much thought as it was newish but recently stopped while driving home and was glad I did.

Hausbrauerei Gasthof Kohlenmühle

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Bamberger Straße 53
91413 Neustadt a.d.Aisch
Tel: 09161/66 22 70
1.5 km from Neustadt (Aisch) Mitte
www.kohlenmuehle.de/

Opening hours:
Closed Monday
Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 11
Sunday 10 to 11

Biergarten hours:
Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 10
Sundays & holidays from 10 to 10

Output: 1000 HL

Founded in 2005 and housed in a renovated Old Mill, as the name foretells, the Kohlenmühle is quite an impressive enterprise.  The interior is a cozy, wooden affair but if there in warm weather, the courtyard offers nice outdoor seating.  Adjacent to the already larger complex is a very scenic true self-service Biergarten, overlooking the river and mill. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open yet when we dropped by but that’s another reason to return.

cozy wooden interior, the mill and scenic Biergarten

Newish breweries aren’t high on my list of do things in Franconia but after quite a few typical brewpubs offering up cold or very limited hot menus, the weekend had begun to wear on my wife so I wanted to find a place with good hot food. The Kohlenmühle sounded like just what we were looking for.  It looked quite nice as we approached and sunny outside seating didn’t hurt.  I ordered their Moggerla, fine Kellerbier and never looked back.

the Moggerla was surprisingly good

I rarely order steaks in Germany but did just that and was glad I did. It wasn’t cheap but it was very good value and probably the best steak I’ve ever had in my new home country.  My wife was envious but her meal of beef tenderloin strips in a creamy mushroom sauce with potato pancakes was equally great.  I ordered their dark Rabenschwarz for good measure. It was a notch below the Moggerla but certainly a good beer.

tasty steak, beef tenderloin strip in mushroom sauce & the Rabenschwarz

While I might not rush back just for the beer, I’m sure we’ll be back for both the food and the beer. Hopefully, we can enjoy both in the Biergarten next time.

Beers: Moggerla, Rabenschwarz, Eiszeit-Weizen
Beer calendar: Koksbock (a dark bock) in the colder months

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