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Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

Landbierparadies shop front

This article was commissioned by Beers of the World magazine as part of a series I was writing for them on specialist beer retailers. It was the first time I’d made a trip mainly to research a beer shop, as I was keen to feature a German outlet, but a few […]

Held-Bräu Hell

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Oberailsfeld, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Held-Bräu, Oberailsfeld

One of many small rural Franconian brewpubs, with a history dating back to 1680, “Hero Brew” is now run by Helmut Polster and his family. They turn out some seriously good stuff.

The malty accent of “Helles” beers is more typical […]

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Beer Sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Hebendanz is one of several breweries and brewpubs in the large Franconian town and former royal city of Forchheim, home to the celebrated Annafest. It’s been a family business since 1579 and is now in the capable hands of […]

Blauer Löwe Dunkel

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Höchstadt an der Aisch, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Brauerei Blauer Löwe

Another of those Franconian brewpubs with a long, long history, Blauer Löwe (Blue Lion) opened in 1633 as one of several breweries in Höchstadt to replace the old town brewery, destroyed during the Swedish invasion of […]

Neder Schwarze Anna

Top Tastings 2009, Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany

Neder Schwarze Anna

Franconia is still the secret garden of beer appreciation. There are about 300 breweries in the three districts that make up modern day Franconia, a culturally and historically distinct region of what’s now the German “Land” of Bavaria. Most […]

Grasser Huppendorfer Vollbier

Top Tastings 2009, Beer Sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

ABV: 5% Origin: Huppendorf, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Grasser Hupperdorfer Bier

Vollbier, “full beer”, is a tax category that accounts for the vast majority of German beers and rarely appears on labels, except in Franconia where it’s become specialised to full-bodied standard strength lagers that come out […]