Standing today where you would have found Hamburg’s old brewing quarter in the Middle Ages, Groninger Privatbrauerei claims to be the city’s first wheat beer brewery. At this fine private establishment you’ll find locally brewed beer and authentic regional cuisine, perfect for a hearty feast among friends. If you’ve got a hungry group, try the Gröninger Brauerschmaus (or “Brewer’s Feast”), which includes homemade meatloaf, pot roast, and sausages made on site, then wash it all down with a cold Gronginger Pils. Watch out for: the Groninger Pils and the Hanseaten Weisse, and the tables with built in-grills where you can cook your own sausages.
Groninger Privatbrauerei, Willy-Brandt-Straße 47, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 57 0105100
Brauhaus Johann Albrecht
A renowned Munich-based brewery since 1990, Brauhaus Johann Albrecht will delight your tastebuds without dwindling your bank account. Located near the Town Hall, this pub/restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and home-brewed specialty beers. Their food menu is a meat-lover’s delight, serving authentic dishes including wild boar with potatoes and sauerkraut, as well as schnitzel and steak. Watch out for: the Messing- a full-bodied, unfiltered pale lager with notes of ginger and a hoppy finish.
Brauhaus Johann Albrecht, Adolphsbrücke 7, Hamburg, Germany, + 49 40 367 740
A visit to Holsten-Brauerei is a must to sample one of Hamburg’s most iconic beers straight from the source, and to get an inside look into the modern art of brewing. Experts will guide you through their production and bottling facilities, and provide you with a hearty snack and Holsten beer fresh from the tap.
Holsten-Brauerei, Holstenstraße 224, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 3099 3698
A northern outpost for Munich’s Paulaner brewery, Paulaner’s Miraculum is especially popular with the locals since the generous portions here offer a great value for your money. Drafts include Dunkel, Helles, Weisse and Pils at 3.50/3.60 the half litre. If you’re planning to eat, make sure you arrive before 7pm as their tables fill up fast every night.
Paulaner’s Miraculum, Kirchenallee 45 Hamburg, Germany, +49 04 248 24767
If you’re looking for a typical “beer hall” experience, Blockbräu is one of the best bets in town. Located in Hamburg’s St. Paul district on the harbor front, Blockbräu is a cellar-style brewery/restaurant with long tables and bench seats, perfect for a big gathering with friends over a meal and a couple drinks. If it’s a hot day, take your beer outside to the roof and enjoy the panoramic view of the Elbe River. Watch out for: The infamous Hamburg Labskaus and their very own Weizenbier (wheat beer) brewed on site.
Located in the heart of Stadtparksee (City Park Lake) near the public pool, Schumachers Biergarten is one of Hamburg’s largest beer gardens, and is the ideal place to recharge after a day outdoors. In the summer, come here after a dip in the pool for a refreshing cold beer and pretzels, then stick around to watch the sunset on the waterfront and some live music. Watch out for: the juicy bratwurst and homemade pretzels
Schumachers Biergarten, Südring 5b, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 27806979
If you are looking for something off the beaten tourist track, Klimperkiste is the real deal. This unpretentious, centrally located bar is the perfect way to start or finish your evening among a crowd of Hamburg locals. The décor is cozy and pleasingly kitschy, well-matched by the genuine warmth of the staff. The fact that it was the Beatles’ preferred Hamburg watering hole doesn’t hurt, either. Watch out for: the Duckstein beer, the great cocktails, and the famous Klimperkiste piano the bar is named after.
Klimperkiste, Esplanade 18, Hamburg, Germany, + 49 40 346340