When we visit Lower Austria (Nieder Österreich), we have a few favourite spots: Senftenberg at the end of May to enjoy the many wine festivals in the region and in particular, the white wine presentation in the castle ruins on the hill that overlooks the town; Gneixendorfer to pick up wine from a wonderful wine maker, Rudolf Wandl; Dürnstein to have a little wander through the medieval village and the surrounding wine gardens and open Heuriger by foot, bicycle and otherwise; the castles and palaces; ARCHE NOAH for organic and heirloom seeds and plants.

As of 2017, however, we are returning to Innsbruck with more than just wine. We are returned with quite a lot of… beer.

Because it turns out that there are some lovely craft breweries, and even larger breweries are producing small runs of interesting beers.

I thought I’d share two new places that we found on our recent trip in case you’re a beer drinker keep to try something new.

Brauhaus Wösendorf 

A lovely little place owned by a couple who decided to brew a batch of beer for a 40th birthday and just haven’t stopped! 8 fabulous beers and open every second Friday from 3pm to 7pm for tasting, drinking and buying. Aside from the founders, who are interesting and helpful and great fun, it’s quite a thing to be drinking craft beers surrounded by vineyards and vines heavy with grapes for harvesting!

Their beers include:

  • Red Ale
  • Stout
  • Festbier (a Festival beer, I guess? Very nice, anyway)
  • Helles (Light)
  • India Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Pale Ale
  • Weißbier (Wheat beer)

Address: Kellergasse 101, 3610 Wösendorf in der Wachau
Phone: 0677 61958342


BrauSchneider

Opposite the Kittenberger Erlebnisgärten, we discovered BrauSchneider and as their tap room closed at 4pm, and as it was 3:45pm, we popped in. What a lovely tap room! And the lady behind the counter couldn’t have been more helpful, which made us feel very welcome and disposed to trying and buying, in spite of the nearing closing time. Their branding is quite striking and ties in beautifully with their name – a “Schneider” is a tailor in English, and their logo is a stylised red button, and their bottles all have different geometric designs that might be mistaken for different sewing patterns. They have 6 different kinds of beer, including:

  • Hanfbier (Hemp beer)
  • Helles (Light)
  • India Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Session Pale Ale
  • Weißbier (Wheat beer)

Address: Laabergstraße 5, 3553
Phone: 02734 32917


That’s it! We’ll be on the lookout for new micro and craft breweries on our future travels, too.