Brauerei Göller (Unterfranken)
In the middle of the historic old town of Zeil am Main, hidden behind a picturesque half-timbered facade you can find it: The „Alte Freyung“, one of the älteste Braustätten Bavaria. More than 500 years ago, it was granted the right to brew and serve beer, and since then, typical beer specialties have been brewed here. Currently by the Göller family. More than 100 years ago, the Göller family took over the „Alte Freyung“ üller brewery and made it what it is today. The second-largest brewery in the district and a private brewery, which makes with its excellent beers and special brews even internationally talked about. International Craft Beer Award, European Beer Star, World Beer Awards, DLG Prize – currently räumen the „Göllerjungs“ at beer Prämierungen off any number of prizes.
Göller Beer - Private Brewery and Brewery Guesthouse
The „Göllerjungs“ - that's Fritz, Max and Felix. Together they have been running the brewery for a short time now in the fourth generation. Fritz and Felix the production, Max the commercial area, sales and distribution.
In doing so, they continue the successful brewing philosophy of father Franz-Josef Göller on the one hand and use, for example, überwiegend regional ingredients such as malting barley and wheat from farmers from the district. On the other hand, the young Göllers also develop many a new specialty beer and test one or two new marketing channels.
Our conclusion? Whether Lager, Helles, Pils or Wei;e: A real Göller must have tried every Franconian lover simply. We have all six types of beer in our online range. If you want to try the wonderful special beers that Felix and Fritz conjure up from the tank, we recommend a trip to Zeil.
Where, by the way, in the cozy brewery guesthouse or in the beer garden under the shade of old Bäume, you can enjoy not only wonderful beer but also typically fresh home cooking. We only say: homemade potato salad, homemade sausage specialties from house butcher Alfred, carp from the „Göller-See“, wonderful snack plates. You simply have to try it. In this sense: Gönn you a Göller! Web presence of the brewery: Brauerei Göller
"Göllerjungs" Fritz, Max and Felix Göller in interview
How did you get into brewing and how long have you been brewing?
Felix: Even as children, our father involved us in the „brewery life“. In the vacations, we helped in the beer market to sort the empties. When we were äolder, we were allowed to help out in the brewery. That sparked an interest in beer in all of us. For me personally, I started brewing beer myself with a buddy toward the end of my school years. After school (2011), I immediately began my training as a brewer at Neumarkter Glossnerbräu.
How many types of beer are brewed with you and why just these?
Max: Currently we brew 13 varieties of beer, which are available throughout the year über. These include classics such as the Pilsner, of course also a cellar beer or as a fränkische speciality a smoke beer. For the last two years, we have also had a Helles in our program. This is very popular and we are really proud of it. We also have numerous seasonal beers in our range. For our beer calendar, for example, we brew a different beer speciality every month. It's always just one brew, which we – celebrate at regular times – at the beginning of the month with a tapping here in the brewery guesthouse. Yes, we are very experimental (grins), but in the brewery we also have the opportunity to produce small batches by hand and according to the purity law (we attach great importance to this). Our entire brewery, including brewhouse and storage cellar, is also designed for small quantities. Our beers are distributed in direct sales – üpredominantly here in the region. This is ideal, especially for the sale of smaller quantities.
What makes für you a really good beer from?
Fritz: That is different for each person and in my opinion a matter of taste. One likes dark beers, the other rather bright. Für me three things are crucial. A good beer must have originality, must come from the region or be brewed with ingredients from the region and: A good beer must taste good to people. Our father always says, "A beer is good if you still feel like a second one after the first."
What attracts you to brewing beer? Why do you love this craft?
Felix: I love the craft because I can make people and also myself a joy. There is nothing more beautiful than at home in the evening or after a hard week to drink a schönes cold beer and to know why you do the stress. Brewing just gives me a lot back. At least that's the case for me, and I think many other people feel the same way.
Since when is brewed with you? Which traditions and values are important to you to maintain, which new ones are added for you?
Max: Brewing is done here in the Old Freyung – so this medieval building complex in the Zeiler Alstadt – since 1514. Since this year, the brewing and dispensing right exists here, since 1908, the brewery is in our family ownership. Currently, we three brewers in the fourth generation run the business - together with our parents. The generational change was already completed a few years ago. Nevertheless, our parents help us actively, which we are very happy about. One of our values is definitely quality. We would not release or serve any beer that we ourselves are not one hundred percent satisfied with. High quality requires high quality raw materials. We cooperate with regional companies wherever possible. For the cultivation of spring barley, for example, we are in contact with farmers directly from Zeil am Main. The barley for our beer grows right here in front of the brewery. Our hops come from the Hallertau, Bavaria's largest hop-growing region. Regionality is also one of our values. Added to this are diversity and conviviality. We are very experimental, we love brewing and we love to try things out. Conviviality is lived in our own brewery guesthouse, where we celebrate our beers and where everyone can spend a good evening. Be it a tapping with music, a beer in the beer garden, a stand-up beer in the aisle or in the Wirtsstube itself. Our last value is identity. Our name is everywhere, we run the brewery as a family. It is important to us that our name stands for what we are all about.
Where do the biggest challenges currently lie for you?
Fritz: As with many other breweries, the topic of Corona is currently in the foreground for us. Even if the situation is slowly improving. The beer garden was empty for a long time, we lack the income from the economy as well as the proceeds from draft beer sales or beer sales at festivals. There are certainly industries that have just had it worse – when I think of event technology, for example. It's a big challenge and we hope that the vaccinations will put an end to it. Honestly, it's not much fun right now.
Which activity makes you particularly much fun in the brewery?
Max: I am most pleased to get feedback on our beer and to see that our beer specialties are drunk with pleasure. When we feel that guests, friends or customers have a good time with our beers. In the best case even with us in the restaurant or in the beer garden. We started our business a few years ago and have already enjoyed great success. We were actually very satisfied and proud of what we had achieved and how we had managed it all. Until Corona came along. We want to build on these successes, but also on the conviviality. That we can all again a schönen sociable evening with a good Seidla enjoy;en.
Will you train? And what must bring a brewer of tomorrow?
Fritz: We train annually one to two trainees to the brewer or brewer. That können be young people who have just successfully completed secondary school or high school. High school graduates are also welcome as apprentices. What is required in any case is a certain awareness of hygiene and, most importantly, the person must have a desire for the profession and be able to do some physical work. This may not be much fun, but it is part of the training. Everyone has to fill barrels or deliver beer during training. It was no different for Felix and me during our training. But then again, there are also better days. Max adds, "We are also very successful in training brewers and brewers. We have already trained state winners, two in the past four years alone. Five and six years ago, we even trained a national winner. Our father is a master craftsman, and Fritz himself takes some of the exams at the vocational school. Around the brewer and Mälzer training, we are in any case a very good address.
Last but not least: Your favorite beer / favorite beer style and what dish tastes best with it?
Felix: Pilsner and a Päärle Bratwürste. Max: The dark Bock, because I associate it with our Bockbieranstich in the beer garden, where it goes really round. And because the dark Bock is a really outstanding beer for me in terms of taste. On the one hand, it's sweet, but at the same time it has nice, dark, heavy notes, like dark chocolate or coffee. The best accompaniment for me is a nice fresh Schäuferla. Fritz: I see it like Fritz – Pils and a pair of Bratwürste. Preferably in the beer garden or at the Fußball.