The Best Microbreweries In Berlin

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Ida Reihani

Along with the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Belgium, Germany is the land of beer. So it might come as a surprise to learn that Germany has not caught up with the ‘craft beer’ craze yet. Microbreweries have appeared here and there, each experimenting with their own magical mixture of hops and brew, but many clients still drop in asking for a ‘pilsner.’ A few, however, choose to step off that beaten ‘bar’ path in Berlin and visit its flourishing microbreweries for some exciting brews.

1. Eschenbräu Brauerei

Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Pub Grub, Beer

Martin, the brew master of Eschenbräu, has been playing around with his recipes for fifteen years now. With as many as 21 seasonal beers, this microbrewery in Wedding has something exciting to offer each time one stops by for a pint of hoppy goodness. According to Vicky, the bartender, the most popular brew at the moment is their signature ‘Panke Gold.’ While technically a lager, many of the bar’s patrons confuse it for an Indian Pale Ale (IPA) because of its dominant fruity scent. It almost smells like a freshly sliced pineapple. If, however, you want to go for something a bit more exciting, she recommends the ‘Black Mamba.’ One of their seasonal beers, this dark brew has the dominant flavor of roasted malt, which almost masks the hops. Customers are always welcome to bring their own food and enjoy their beer either in the cozy bar or the garden outside.

2. Heidenpeters

Market, Bar, German

Heidenpeters, Berlin
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The microbrewery occupies a small corner of Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg and yet serves amazing craft brews like their award winning American Pale Ale (APA) or Thirsty Lager. Like most microbreweries, the draft beers change quite often, and Johannes the brew master is normally busy at work in the brewery a few meters below the market. Marie the bartender testifies to their APA being the most popular brew on the menu but points out that, quite often, they have a guest of honor there as well. Now, for example, that spot is being filled by a Belgian IPA called Ale Mania, which has an intimidating 8.2% alcohol content.

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