Food & Drink

The ultimate guide to Berlin's beer styles: what they are, and where to get them

Published On 05/13/2014 Published On 05/13/2014
Berlin Bier
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Wilhelm Hoeck
Vagabund Brauerei
ROLLBERG
John Muir
Heidenpeters
PfefferbrÀu - Restaurant und Bergbrauerei Berlin
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1. Prater Biergarten Kastanienallee Kastanienallee 7-9, Berlin, 10435 (Prenzlauerberg)

A venue that once served as a political meeting space, performance venue, theater, and public house is now one of Berlin's oldest outdoor beer gardens. Ideal for big group outings, this chesnut-shaded yard sports yellow picnic-styles tables, doused in light from string bulbs above. The attached Prater restaurant serves as much more than an alcohol sponge, featuring a seasonal menu with classic German fare like schnitzel, meatballs, and an egg/mustard mash called Senfeier mit Quetschkartoffeln, all accompanied by fresh vegetables from nearby farms.

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2. Das MeisterstĂŒck Hausvogteiplatz 3-4, Berlin, 10117 (Mitte)

If you're looking for quality over quantity, you'll love this Mitte spot, which keeps it simple with a menu limited to beer, bread, and sausages.

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3. Wilhelm Hoeck Wilmersdorfer Str. 149, Berlin, 10585 (Charlottenberg)

The kitchen at this Charlottenburg establishment uses only fresh and regional ingredients to create their seasonal dishes. And if you want a fresh cold adult beverage, well, they have a quality selection of those as well, including their famed slow pours.

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4. Hops & Barley WĂŒhlischstr. 22, Berlin, 10245 (Freidrichshain)

With its tiled floors & walls, exposed pipes, and visible brewing gear, Hops & Barley has a distinct English brewpub vibe to it. And while Germany generally trumps England in just about everything (football, cars, delicious sausages), this Berlin spot does well taking cues from the Brits. The Hops & Barley crew regularly brews pilsners, dark pils, wheats, and cider, and, on occasion they even bring out special IPAs and brown lagers.

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5. Vagabund Brauerei Antwerpener Strasse 3, Berlin, 13353 (Wedding)

This microbrewery is the project of three American ex-pats who were home brewers back in the states. Although the shop is currently only open on weekends, Vagabund is hard at work on small batch IPAs, Szechuan saisons, and coffee stouts.

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6. Privatbrauerei Am Rollberg Werbellinstraße 50, Berlin, 12053 (Neukoln)

This Neukölln brewery is certainly in the running for coolest location, because you'll find Rollberg in a massive old factory in an area full of looming brick buildings. From this space, Rollberg is making German-style brews like red, wheat, and block beers, all of which you can enjoy in their (small) outdoor beer garden.

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7. John Muir Skalitzer Str. 50, Berlin, 10997 (Kreuzberg)

GM is well-known in Berlin for being one of the best cocktail bars in the city, mostly because of a constantly changing 'tails menu and a relaxed atmosphere.

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8. Markthalle Neun Eisenbahnstraße 42, Berlin, 10997 (Kreuzberg)

Run out of a giant 120-year-old building, Markthalle Neun is a weekly market featuring food, crafts, and tons of other stuff to buy.

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9. Brauhaus SĂŒdstern Hasenheide 69, Berlin, 10967 (Kreuzberg)

This Kreuzberg brewery offers a unique and festive atmosphere and seating for up to 180 people, including a spacious area outside where you can enjoy one of many of their signature brews.

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10. PfefferbrÀu Schönhauser Allee 176, Berlin, 10119

This Schönhauser Allee brewery and resto serves regional cuisine crafted with local ingredients, and they're also brewing a range of tasty beers from dunkels to helles and more.