Good Beer Area and the Wireless

We spent the past Easter weekend in the heart of Germany, namely the region Franconia in northern Bavaria.

As usual, we met my siblings over dinner in one of those rural guesthouses, where local cuisine and often home brewed beer is served. When I opened my iPad, this popped up:

Good Beer Area

We had a good laugh on this one – the guesthouse on main street in this small village of Hausen with a population of 636 residents – uses English. Quite modest is its claim of Good Beer Area. They should call it Best Beer Area.

A typical pub interior


Brauerei Martin in Hausen

Quoting Frank Zappa:

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”


Tell me a Good Reason for Living in Germany

or … a picture speaks a thousand words.

Beer in Germany

There are some 1,250 breweries in Germany (accounting for 40% of the world’s total), producing around 7,500 different beers. Half the breweries are to be found in my home state of Bavaria.

But the epicenter of this liquid gold is actually in Franconia (Northern Bavaria), where I am from. It is home to the heaviest concentration of breweries in the world.

I grew up with beer. Friends and family have jokingly suggested to throw bottle caps into my coffin instead of flowers. Sounds fair to me.

You can read more about Germany and beer at Toytown Germany beer.

Beer Tours in Northern Bavaria

Upper Franconia, in northern Bavaria, is host to the highest number of breweries worldwide.

In the early 19th century, there were close to 30.000 Bavarian breweries, among which many would be classified as home breweries by today’s standard. Some were village breweries and delivered only to the local inns. Almost every monastery had its own brewery as well.

In 2008, the number of breweries in Bavaria was 627, of which 300 alone are in the region of Franconia.

The region of Franconia is divided into Upper, Middle, and Lower Franconia – see map.

Upper Franconia, also sometimes referred to as Bierfranken (Beer Franconia) has close to 200 breweries.

Bierland Oberfranken in Upper Franconia offers 54 beer tours throughout the area. For more information, visit Bierland Oberfranken.

Another site, Bierland Franken, offers tips on self-guided tours such as hiking and biking trails, information about beer seminars, etc.

Beer served in Franconia/Germany


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