The Steinweg was part of an important long-distance route from north to south, and for this reason many merchants, traders and travellers arrived here. The guesthouses along the Steinweg not only offered comfortable accommodation and stables for the horses, they also supplied their guests with food and home-brewed beer. The catering and brewing industries flourished!
However, when Bamberg was connected to the railway network in 1844 and to the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal two years later, the flow of goods shifted away from horse-drawn carriages to rail or ship. The Steinweg lost its importance as a trade route. In the following years more and more inns closed, so that around 1900 there were only five breweries left. Until today the number has been reduced to two, the Spezial Brewery on the opposite side of the street and the Fässla Brewery still exist.
The name of the brewery Fässla not only reflects the local Franconian dialect, it also provides an interesting reference to the history of brewing. Above all it were the Büttner, as the barrel makers in Bamberg were called, who used to serve wine or beer. Only those who had completed several years of training as Büttner master were allowed to qualify as master brewers. For this reason, Büttner and brewers were united in one guild for a long time. With the abolition of the guild system and the onset of industrialisation in the middle of the 19th century, that two professions were separated. The barrel, which hangs in the sign on the façade of the house, symbolizes the close connection between the Büttner and brewer.
The brewery Fässla is known for its Doppelbock – the Bambergator is with 21% original gravity the strongest beer of Bamberg. There is also a Pils, a Lager and a full beer as well as two different types of wheat beer on offer.
Die Brauerei Fässla ist bekannt für ihren Doppelbock – der Bambergator ist mit 21% Stammwürze das stärkste Bier Bambergs. Des Weiteren stehen ein Pils, ein Lager- und ein Vollbier sowie zwei verschiedene Weizenbiersorten im Angebot.