Germany, especially southern Germany, has some great breweries. Beer just runs in the german DNA, and Oktoberfest would not be the same without the alcoholic liquid gold. Recently I got to join a guided Brewery Tour at a small brewery in Tettnang near Lake Constance. In the past i already wrote about their Restaurant (also called Schöre in Dietmannsweiler/Tettnang), and the nice beer garden, and now I finally took a look behind the scenes. Schöre Brewery is a family owned brewery, only producing beer for their own Restaurant and festivities. Small amounts are possible to be purchased, but just in 5 or 15 l barrels. Visiting big breweries can be astonishing, let alone by the huge dimensions, but visiting privately owned breweries feels like something completely different. Everything is done out of true passion and you can taste the love they put in their product.
Guided Brewery Tours at Schöre Brewery in Tettnang can only booked in advance for groups of at least 8 people for a price 40€, tastings can be booked for 4€ per person including 2 beers. Otherwise, every guest can order a beer tasting including 0,1l of each their 4 beers at any time at their restaurant. The farm areal is owned by the same family since 1906, currently managed in 4th generation. A main part is hop growing, therefore it was just logical decision to start brewing beer almost 20 years ago. Another part is animal rearing, with currently 20 pigs and 80 oxen. All the Ox meat consumed in their own Restaurant comes from its own rearing, and is not bought anywhere. Schöre is all about self-made/home-grown products and very good quality.
But back to beer brewing. Back in 1997 the eldest daughter of the family suggested to start brewing beer, resulting with first tests in a regular pot in their kitchen. Later they brewed their first beers in the Distillery they use(d) for home-made liquors. As this was such a great success they installed a proper system and brewed their first beer in early 2000. Nowadays they produce 800 to 100,000 litres of beer each year, which is mainly consumed in their own restaurant, during the summer months in the nice beer garden and during own events (like bulldog tractor meetings in summer and more). Schöre Brewery follows the strict rules by “Deutsches Reinheitsgebot“/”German Beer Purity Law” since in the year 1516. According to this there are only 3 ingredients allowed in a beer: Barley, Hops and Water. All ingredients are important and decide the taste of the beer later. Every region of the world has different water, therefore beer tastes different even if you use the same amounts of barley and hops. Also the types or barley and the quality of hops is is crucial. Luckily at Schöre in Tettnang, the third largest hop growing area, they grow their own aroma hops, giving the beer a very nice taste. The duration of the tour is about 30 minutes, and after having a look into their pots and tanks you can visit their cooled storehouse. Afterwards it’s just highly recommended to visit their Restaurant, enjoy good food and food beer.
Another place I’ve previously ate at, but haven’t taken a Brewery Tour yet, is Meckatzer Brewery close to Lindau in south-western Bavaria, just 22 km from Schöre in Tettnang.
Address Schöre Brewery in Tettnang at Lake Constance