David Hertl, the head and heart behind the Hertl brewery, is a beer lover like the book: You can always hear the master brewer laughing out loud from afar when he leads friends and guests through Franconia's smallest brewery in a good mood. Germany’s youngest master brewer is passionate about beer and not only manages to convince beer drinkers from near and far of his work with his great enthusiasm. David Hertl brews exceptional craft beer with a lot of craftsmanship and expertise. One thing is not enough, we can promise that much.
The names of the Hertl beer already give it away: Family is very important here. The cellar beer Grandpa's Darling and the sunny lager Mutti's Sonnenschein are an homage to the people who made Hertl beer possible in the first place. Papa Bernd, himself a winemaker and beer sommelier, supported the shared passion from the beginning and is now an integral part of Hertl's miniature empire. Just like the rest of the family, because every hand is needed in the smallest brewery in Franconia. Hertl Bier is handcraft through and through. Every step, from grinding with the drill-operated mill to labeling the bottles, is carried out by the Hertls together with their own hands. Incidentally, the labels are affixed by Mama Vroni with a lot of love and care - family devotion in its purest form! Who is it that is surprising that the brewery was quickly built in the old pigsty next to David's parents' house?
Not only is the brewer a Franconian original, his beers are also real Franks. With regional ingredients, labels from a friend of the family and gherkins from the brewery's own gherkin farmer, one can rightly call David's Hertl beers Franconian masterpieces, even if they are much more innovative and rebellious than some Franconian classics. In order to spread the word about traditional Franconian handicrafts, David sometimes has a Korean trainee or invites Workawayer to join him at the kettle. Or he takes a beer ingredient that has been used exclusively for brewing beer for centuries and simply turns it into something completely different. Namely gin. The hop gin comes in a stylish clay jug with a cool label. Creative, different, delicious - typical for David and his Hertl beer. David doesn't correspond to the reputation of the sullen, unfriendly Franconian. Thank goodness how people like to exclaim here in Franconia.
Incidentally, David Hertl is the head of the Bamberg Bierothek® . So if you want to experience it in flesh and blood, just snows by there. Or directly in the brewery - you are always welcome at the Hertls.