Friday 17th September 2010
Ehingen is a small market town south west of Ulm about 25 minutes journey from there on a Regional Express train. It is notable because it has three breweries within the town centre, with another a couple of miles away.
Please join me as I walked out of the railway station, went past the bus station, then wandered down Hindenburgstrasse to the Brauerei zum Schwert (The Sword Brewery) at Viehmarkt 9.
It is the classic German market town combination of family-owned restaurant, pub, hotel and brewery. Although closed all day on Saturday, it opens at 07.00 on all other days including Sunday!
It was established in 1675 there are five regular beers, Lager Hell (light), Dunkel (dark), Pils, along with Hell and Dunkel versions of Weizenbier (wheat).
It was a standard range, but of high quality, to which I can testify, as I tried the first three and really liked them all.
The bar area is 100% traditional with wooden settles (and cushions!) and beautiful stained glass windows (see photograph). I'm sure the accommodation rates are reasonable and this venerable old pub would make an excellent base to visit the beautiful Black Forest area and its many small breweries.
Brauerei zum Schwert, Viehmarkt 9, Ehingen 89564. Tel: 07391 53420
Open: Sunday to Friday 07.00-24.00; Saturday: Closed
Ehingen station is about five minutes walk away.
It is served by Regional and Regional Express trains running from Ulm to the Black Forest area.
Local buses also start and terminate in front of the railway station.
Update October 2017. Hours: Sunday to Friday: 10.00-22.00; Saturday: Closed.