Friday 17th September 2010
I caught a bus from central Ehingen to the village of Berg. It's about three kms (about two miles) and the bus takes around ten minutes. The Berg Brauerei is the largest in the area, supplying a large number of pubs. It is located in the main street of the village at 21 Graf-Konrad-Strasse.
The brewery is separated from the pub by the yard and is located, quite rightly, at 2 Brauhausstrasse. The pub building is yet another of those beautiful structures that are so inviting in this part of the world.
The brewery can trace its origins back to 1466 and it was at one time known as the Brauerei Adler (Eagle). The Zimmerman family gained control in 1757 and have owned it ever since.
The policy of the brewery is to source locally as much as possible and in this respect they obtain barley for malting from 36 farms in the locality.
The only malt that is not obtained in this way is that for the organic beers.
Neither their draught or bottled beers are pasteurized so have a "shelf" life of around three months only.
As mentioned the brewery and offices are across the road from the pub yet there is also a tiny (20 litre capacity) brewery in the pub itself which is used for beer seminars.
On the wall of the brewery is a mural depicting the brewing process. Whilst I was there the brewery disgorged a number of production staff and office workers who had a large table reserved for lunch, presumably a daily occurrence.
They brew seven regular beers; four of which were available on draught in the pub. One was Hefe Weizen (5.1%) a wheat beer, so that left three.
I passed on the Ulrichtsbier (dark) (5.3%), and had some Berg Original (Export hell) (5.0%) and also Braumeister Pils (4.8%).
I liked both very much, the Pils being an especially good example of the German Pils style.
There are more varieties of beer available in bottles including some organic types.
The pub is stunning from the outside and is extremely comfortable inside. There is a small terrace at the front. All in all a great pub to visit if you are in the area.
Brauerei Berg Wirtshaus, Graf-Konrad-Strasse, Ehingen-Berg, 89584. Tel: 07391 771733
Open: Wednesday to Monday 12.00-14.00 / 17.00-24.00. Tuesday: Closed.
The village of Berg is about three kilometres (two miles from) Ehingen (Bus) station.
Buses 317 and 318 cover the route but they operate at erratic times, mostly because of school traffic. There are buses in the evening and very few at weekends.
Update October 2017. Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10.00-23.00.
Ulrichtsbier (dark) (5.3%) is served directly from a wooden barrel daily from 17.00 until it runs out.