15th October 2016
Jochen has been in touch to confirm the Brauerei Hirtler in Neuershausen does in fact exist. Although initially announced as an April Fool, the joke stirred something in the four protagonists and they went into production in May last year. Annual output is around 100hl.
New since December is CraftBrauSchmiede in Bad Vilbel. There's no tap but you can buy from the brewery Thu 16.00-19.00 and Sat 10.00-14.00. (Paul Lockwood)
Willinger Brauhaus has opened a new, larger brewery next door to the tap. The original equipment is still in situ but unused. (Paul Lockwood)
Nordeneyer Brauhaus has moved to new, larger premises. The tap remains at the original site. Eight outlets on the island are now supplied. (Paul Lockwood)
30th September 2016
It would appear Brauhaus Budenschuster is already brewing as their Kellerbier is currently available at Gasthaus Adelskammer in nearby Carlsgrün. (Gernot Wildung)
29th September 2016
Does anyone know anything about Brauhaus Budenschuster in Bad Steben? There are photo's of a somewhat unusual brewery under construction on their Facebook page which mentions they are converting two farmhouses, one of which will be a tap, but there has been little posted since April. (Gernot Wildung)
Andreas Vilsmeier of Kalvarienbergbräu has been in touch to confirm they do brew. The brewery was expanded last year with new equipment and is not visible from the street, so what Paul Lockwood saw was presumably old kit in storage.
16th September 2016
The first of two new breweries to report in the Bad Tölz area is one in the town itself. Tölzer Binderbräu is a brewpub across the river from the centre.
The other is Brauerei Findler in Greiling, a few kilometres to the east.
Meanwhile, Brauerei Martini in Kassel closed last November. Output had fallen 90% since 2000. The remaining beers are now made in Einbeck and there are plans to covert the brewery into apartments.
Does anyone know anything about Braumanufaktur BH in Brotdorf, near Merzig? It appears to have opened in spring 2014 but the Facebook page has been inactive for over two years.
Another little one is Braukeller Gotthilf in Bornhöved, just off the A21.
Much bigger is the Wacken Brauerei in Wacken, housed in a former netto supermarket so there's plenty of room for expansion.
Older readers may recall a plan for a brewery in the old Sächsischer Bahnhof in Gera, first mentioned on these pages way back on 25th May 2006. Well, Günther's Gutes Bier finally opened in June last year. However, it seems there has since been a change of ownership of the building and although the brewery is still operating it is not clear whether you can drink the beers there.