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I’ve arrived in southern Black Forest tired and thirsty. I was thinking, “Miro how you can start hiking in this large forest without having a healthy beer?”.

Do you know which is the best beer in southern Black Forest? IMO it is the Rothaus beer.
The weather was perfect, sunshine, blue sky and warm; the best condition to relax with the glass of good, cold beer.

So I’m not starting this series with the Black Forest natural beauty but with the photo of old, famous Rothaus Brewery.

The brewery was founded in 1791 by the Abbot of St. Blasien (small town nearby) as a measure to encourage economic growth in the Black Forest.

It is located 1000m above sea level in Rothaus, around 3 km north of the village of Grafenhausen in the southern Black Forest. It is one of Germany's most successful and profitable regional breweries.
At 1,000 metre it is the highest located brewery in Germany as well as the most modern.

The brewery offers daily tours of the brewery costing about 20 EUR per person which includes food, a platter of traditional Black Forest hams, sausages and cheeses and Rothaus beer.

The tour starts with a film about the Rothaus Brewery. Even though the film is in German there is plenty of beautiful Black Forest scenery to admire. You are then taken through the modern hi-tech brewery and each process is explained (in German). When the tour is over you go to the Rothaus Guesthouse on the brewery site where you a served your food and beer. There is also a shop where you can buy plenty of Rothaus souvenirs including beer steins and tee shirts as well as beer.

The photo show a typical copper beer barrel located on the square between car park and brewery building.

Place that you should see if you are planning to visit this area.

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