Behind the Nikl Bräu stands Mike Schmitt, an ambitious, down-to-earth brewer with a strong connection to his homeland. But as we know, behind every successful man is a strong woman. Behind Mike are three powerful women: His wife Alexandra, his mother and mother-in-law have his back and ensure that the guests of the Nikl brewery not only get excellent beer, but also delicious Franconian specialties.
The Schmitts from Pretzfeld revived a very special tradition in 2019: home brewing. In the past, the farmers who supplied the brewer with raw materials could buy their beer directly from the fermentation vat with reduced taxes. They filled the beer into their own kegs and stored them at home. So they were free to influence the taste and carbon dioxide content themselves. Mike Schmitt now wants to re-establish this tradition and thus inspires beer fans from near and far. From now on, people meet every first Friday of the month at the Nikl Bräu, drink a cozy beer together and at the end you can take your own keg of beer with you, which can then be stored as you wish. But Mike Schmitt is not only reviving this tradition: After the beer war broke out with neighboring Ebermannstadt in 1510 and this community decided from then on who got the brewing rights and who didn't, things looked pretty poor in Pretzfeld for a long time when it came to beer. Now, in addition to the well-known Pretzfeld fruit juice, there is also Pretzfeld beer again. Not only the people from Pretzfeld celebrate their Mike as an ambassador of tradition and region, we also celebrate the ambitious brewer for his commitment. And for the excellent beer that the hop artist apparently also brews along the way. With perfect craftsmanship, Mike brews classics such as his light lager beer or his dark Michala cellar beer . Experiments are also being carried out in Franconian Switzerland. This creates favorites like the Old Django or his Village Bock.
The name Nikl-Bräu goes back to the ancestors of Mike Frau Alexandra. Her great-grandfather was only called Nikl-Hans in Pretzfeld, while his father was known to everyone as Nikl-Karl. The first Nikl in the series and ultimately the namesake was the grandfather of Alexandra's great-grandfather: His first name was Nikolaus and he was the first Nikl to which the names of his sons and grandchildren were then attached. Our favorite is Nikl-Mike, although we're not sure if that's actually a thing in Pretzfeld. What is certain, however, are the awards Mike has received for his beer. The excellent quality of its beers has been rewarded with a gold medal and numerous other awards.