Thursday 29th May 2014
As can be deduced from its title this was the town’s former Post Office. It is an imposing building, constructed in the early part of the 20th century. It is very convenient to Frankenthal station and that is no coincidence as until quite recently most of the post went by rail between towns. It was established in 2001 by the Bischoff brewery of Winnweiler.
Bischoff is an old established regional brewery in the same area. They also established Brauerei am Markt in the city of Kaiserslautern a year earlier. I’m not sure what the situation is with that brew pub but they no longer have control of Brauerei zur Post. By 2006 the pub was losing money and a new team of André Oberbeck and Thorsten Eschelbeck were installed to turn it round.
Oberbeck was a chef who experience of catering for Heads of State and I believe Eschelbeck was the new business manager. In 2008 they succeeded in the recovery to profitability and in 2009 bought out the company owning the pub. That is basically the history to the present.
On this visit I was with Steve, Carol and Punky. As we entered through the main door on the corner of the building the first thing I noticed was the gleaming copper brewery to the left hand side of the large room. The bar counter is huge and is U-shaped with the curve facing the door. As a result there are a large number of stools at the bar and a number of tall tables also with stools.
Beer is stored in a number of tanks at the far end of the bar before serving. There is a biergarten out the back. The pub’s publicity states there are two, but I could only find one. On one side of the building there is a balcony overlooking the main room. Because the building has two long sides there is a lot of light flooding in through the very large windows.
Three beers are available throughout the year with some occasional specials. Unfortunately it was just the core range on offer when visited and this was: Brauhaus Hell (5.1%), Brauhaus Dunkel (5.0%) and Brauhaus Weizen (5.2%).
I realise that this brew pub is not in a touristic region, except for possibly the vineyards that are all around the town. Nevertheless it is well worth visiting as it is easy to stop off at Frankenthal for a short break if travelling by train, considering the proximity of the pub to the railway station.
Brauhaus zur Post, Neumayerring 45, 67227 Frankenthal. Tel: 06233 220286
Open: End of October to May: Monday-Thursday 16.30-01.00; Friday-Sunday 12.00-01.00
June to end of October: Monday-Saturday 11.00-01.00; Sunday 10.00-24.00
The summer times are not definite, being based on 2014, please check with the pub.
Frankenthal Hbf (main station) is well served by regional trains.
There is a RB train (regional local) every 30 minutes from Mainz to Mannheim via Worms and Lugwigshafen. Every 2 hours there is a RE train (regional express) from Mainz to Mannheim via Worms and Lugwigshafen. On the other hour there is a RE train from Mainz to Karlsruhe via Worms and Speyer. There are some other local trains.
To get to the pub turn right outside of the station and you will find the pub around 250 metres on the right.