Help for “acute beer emergency”: 500-year-old brewery supplies thirsty people

Help for 'acute beer emergency': 500-year-old brewery supplies thirsty people

The honigs’ coat of arms is emblazoned in the brewing room: a yellow post horn wraps around a letter. The logo reflects the history of the brewery. Tiefenellern was already in the middle ages a crossroads for the surrounding communities. 500 years ago, carriages were what trucks are today. "Most of the rooms in the brewery were horse stables at the time. On its tour from bamberg to hollfeld, the stagecoach used to stop here", he tells honey.

The windmills are turning in front of the blue sky, young swallows are hunting for mucks with daredevil flight maneuvers. Tiefenellern in the district of bamberg actually offers a postcard backdrop, were it not for the fact that a heavy goods vehicle is speeding along the village road and plowing its way up the serpentine roads that follow it. Thundering already rolls the next ungetum, this time it is a police bus driving school. When the officers have disappeared behind the mountain, there is a short silence.

A "beer emergency button before the entrance

The alleys and gardens in the village are deserted. Only in the parking lot of the honey brewery does a man walk impatiently between stacked pail crates, peering through the dark windows and repeatedly pressing a "beer emergency" button-button placed in front of the entrance. Brewmaster alfons honig and his beer crate are already storming in. After the customers have been taken care of, the owner invites them to a spontaneous tour of the premises. Brewing has been going on in this building since 1478. The brewery and the "zur post" inn have been in business since 1778 family owned. Alfons honey and his siblings are now the eleventh generation of the family to run the brewery.

The exhausted coachman could get down in the inn and regain his strength with seidla and hearty food. His horses were exchanged for rested animals in the stable, because the next morning he had to make the tortuous trip up the tiefenellerer berg towards hollfeld. From 1914 the post office changed from horses to a bus. "The bus driver always stopped here on his tour", continues honey.

Again the beer bell rings: the next customer with thirst is in front of the door. The brewer makes him wait for a moment and opens the entrance to the cellar vault, which is located under the beer garden land. This is where his ancestors stored beer until the second world war, he says. A mechanical stair lift for the beer crate saved the brewers from the stone steps.

Rough fire in 2006

In 2006 there was a big fire on the land, which destroyed the agricultural buildings. "Before that, we still had cattle and a home slaughtering", remembers honey. "There you have already worked your 15 hours. You first have to find a woman who will go along with that." The face mask cannot hide his grin, because he has found this woman in the meantime. He has two children with her. They don’t want to take over the brewery, but the twelfth generation of nieces and nephews is ready to take over.

Next stop: kiev

Along the ellernbach, a road runs right through the village, and to the left and right are rows of family homes and farms. A family van with a dutch license plate is parked behind the chapel of the birth of mary.A woman packs bags into the trunk while her three daughters bounce around her. Caroline morcinek works in the foreign office. Her four-year stay at the german embassy in the hague has just ended. Next stop: kiev.

She has already lived in kazakhstan, algeria and budapest. It is exciting to start anew every time, but it is always hard to say goodbye, she says. "You build up something professionally and privately over years and then destroy it again. But if I hadn’t decided that way back then, I wouldn’t have experienced all this." Her children are also looking forward to the new city: "my friends in holland will remain the best, but i’ll soon say the same about my new friends in kiev, tells nine-year-old mia.

Tiefenellern is to become home

With the constant change of residence, the family wanted a fixed place to which they could return during the vacations. This is supposed to be deep sea fishing. Five years ago they bought a farm here and have since converted it into a home for the five-headed family including a vacation home for vacationers.

Born in bamberg, she has relatives in the district, and the frankenalb run-offs offer her daughters variety: "it’s already here, more exciting than in the city. We go to the swimming pool and feed the chickens!", schwarmen the seven-year-old twin sisters paula and pia. "The children want to live here later" tells morcinek. "With lots of animals: chickens, rabbits, a dog and another dog", fall into mia’s word. The farmhouse is to be completed this summer, the vacation home is already ready for occupancy.

On thursday, irmtraud fenn-nebel reports on her visit to haidhof.



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