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About Beer Wanderers
We offer guided tours of hiking trails that pass small rural breweries in Bavaria, along with cultural and culinary insights as well as expert tutelage on local beers. Trails can be as little as a couple hours to full day hikes. It's even possible to do multi-day walks and stay at the breweries themselves overnight. This is a chance to step back in time, to walk trails tread on by knights and peasants, past castles and rocky outcroppings, through lush forests and verdant valleys…to become a beer wanderer.
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Keirsten Essenmacher wrote a review Aug 2020
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For my husband and I, this was our first time exploring the area of Franconia, and we were really looking forward to trying the different types of beers and visiting the villages. This tour did not disappoint! Even with the extreme heat, Rich (our guide) was very accommodating. We took our time at each brewery and ordered some amazing food! Rich was very knowledgeable about the different types of beers and suggested ones that were to our liking. If you are looking for a tour that has great beer and gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, than this is the one for you! Were looking forward to more hiking trips in the future!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from thebeerwanderer, Owner at Beer Wanderers
Responded Aug 3, 2020
It was a pleasure to meet you both and you can be proud of how you handled the heat, not typical in Bavaria. It was a fun day especially the ukulele group! Glad enjoyed your first taste of Franconia and looking forward to showing some more one day.
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Elizabeth wrote a review Feb 2020
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Our family of five did a day-long beer hike with Rich in the area around Bamberg while on our Franconian/Bavarian holiday last August. Rich was an exceptional guide for the day, and this was quite possibly our favorite and most memorable day of the entire trip. Even our two 12-year-olds really enjoyed the day despite not being able to enjoy the beer (Spezi was available at all of our stops.) We were able to visit four wonderful local breweries (Brauerei Hönig, Brauerei Hölzlein, Brauerei Knoblach, and Brauerei Drei Kronen) before catching the last bus back from Memmelsdorf to Bamberg in the evening. In between, we covered about nine miles of some amazing Franconian countryside where we were the only people in sight. At one point I found myself simply awestruck that I was walking with my family through a forest in Bavaria on a barely-marked trail, and I was so comfortable with Rich's competence that I wasn't anxious at all and could just enjoy the scenery around me. I can't recommend Rich's beer hikes highly enough... you'll gain lifelong memories!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from thebeerwanderer, Owner at Beer Wanderers
Responded Feb 9, 2020
I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your day as much as I did. You have a truly wonderful family and some of the best behaved 12-year olds I've ever met. Hope to see you in Bavaria again one day.
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dragonarc wrote a review Jun 2019
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My boyfriend and I love beer. So I decided to gift a beer hike and chose Rich as our guide. It was one of the best experiences ever. If you love beer this is the place to go and Rich is your man. Rich is extremely friendly, very knowledgable and leaves no stone unturned to tailor to your needs. I reached out him months before the hike and we constantly kept in touch. He perfectly described how the hike would be and makes sure you have all the needed information before the payment is done. I would absolutely recommend Rich !! He knows exactly which beer to order and what to eat in the Franconian region. Thanks, Rich for the memorable hike we will surely come back to you for more :)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from thebeerwanderer, Owner at Beer Wanderers
Responded Jun 4, 2019
It was a pleasure to be a part of your birthday surprise and to spend time with you both. I'm glad you enjoyed your first beer hike and looking forward to showing you more when you make it this way again.
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Therealtoddball wrote a review Dec 2018
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I recently decided to do a beer wander and boy I'm I glad I did. The beer wanderer is full of interesting facts and information about Bavarian and Franconian beers, towns, history and trails. I'm so happy I did this and can't wait to do it again. If you like beer and hiking then this is definitely for you. This beer adventure should be on every beer enthusiast's bucket list.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Scott F wrote a review Aug 2018
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I found the beerwanderers page online and it has been an excellent resource for planning my trip to Swiss Franconia. The owner of the website has been incredibly helpful and responsive to my emails. He’s answered all my questions, and given great advice about my trip. I highly recommend doing a tour with him.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from thebeerwanderer, Owner at Beer Wanderers
Responded Aug 23, 2018
Glad to be of help, Scott. I wish I was going to be in Germany during your stay and hope to get out on the trails with you in the future. Good luck beerwandering!
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