In Germany there are certainly countless elevations that bear the name Kreuzberg. Any hill with a cross could theoretically be called that, but in the following we want to talk about the Kreuzberg, which is located at the gates of Franconian Switzerland and towers over the small town of Hallerndorf. This mountain is the namesake of the Kreuzberg brewery and the district of Hallerndorf of the same name.
The Upper Franconian brewery was founded more than 550 years ago by the Friedel family and was originally located in the Schnaid district. The Friedel family is still at the head of the brewery today, but they no longer brew in Schnaid. In 2007, the family moved bag and baggage to the newly built halls on the Kreuzberg. The old brewery was leased to Andreas Gänstaller , who brewed his beer there from 2011. After the brewing legend went into well-deserved retirement in 2022, the Hertl brewery took over the traditional brewery. Since then, Andreas beers have been brewed by a neighboring brewery. Not far away is the new brewery on Kreuzberg with brewing system, beer cellar and visitor center. The spacious premises can also be used for meetings and celebrations. Together with her four children and her husband, Luitgard Friedel-Winkelmann, ancestor of the Friedel family, runs the brewery and the management. The couple have been wielding the scepter since 1991 and also brew together, as both Norbert and Luitgard learned the craft of brewing. It is brewed according to tried and tested family recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation. The range consists of a number of down-to-earth classics, which are made using the Franconian brewing method. As far as possible, the raw materials come from regional farmers and are processed into the finest beer in a gentle process.
The family proves their hospitality day after day. The brewery's own beer cellar is the place to go in summer for guests from near and far, and visitors are also welcome all year round in the brewery itself. Attracted by the culinary delicacies from the kitchen and the freshly brewed beer, countless people flock to the Kreuzberg every year and enjoy the Franconian specialties in solid and liquid form. In addition to the beer tasting, the brewery offers a special highlight: Interested visitors have been able to experience the brewery in five dimensions since 2015. Thanks to state-of-the-art cinema technology, the brewing process can be followed live with sounds, smells and movement while sitting comfortably in an armchair. If you want to see the processes behind the beer and the work of the brewers, you can book a tour of the brewery instead.
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