Smoked beer, bratwurst, Franconian wine and carp and other delights that you should not miss in Franconia
7 Gourmet Tips in Franconia
Rauchbier & Co.
All the Franconian beers are special. However, three are truly unique in their production and taste: Rauchbier (smoke beer), Ungespundetes (low carbonated) and Zwickelbier (unfiltered).
The Bratwurst is also distinctive: it varies from town to town, region to region both in size and spices. Sometimes it is sold “coarse”, elsewhere “fine”, sometimes it is pure pork, sometimes a combination of pork and beef or veal.
Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus and Riesling are the stars of Franconia’s white wines, while popular red varieties include Spätburgunder and Domina. Franconian wine is known for its trademark Bocksbeutel bottle - under EU protection since 1989.
franken-weinland.de (only in German)
The raw Bratwurst sausages are boiled in a sauce made from vinegar, oil, bay leaves, cloves, juniper berries and plenty of onions, which gives them their distinctive sour aroma and the typical blue colouring.
Wine Festival in Volkach
Every year in August, seven independent winemakers and four winegrowers’ cooperatives offer over 60 different wines by the glass. With a further selection in the Bocksbeutel and Sekt lounge, over 120 wines are available over the five days of the festival.
13 Breweries Trail
The trail links the various breweries between Memmelsdorf and Strullendorf near Bamberg in Franconian Switzerland, many of which still produce their beer by hand in a family tradition dating back centuries. Length: 34 kilometres.
With a carp farming tradition dating back over 1200 years, the cultural landscape around Neustadt has over 5,000 farmed carp ponds. The annual fish harvest is primarily served in local inns from September to April.
aischgruender-karpfen.com (only in German)