Vagabund Brauerei

Vagabund Brauerei is a craft beer bar and brewery in Wedding, Berlin. It is still a fairly low key operation, but they have plans for expansion.

From my point of view the Berlin craft beer scene is quite immature compared to the Australian scene. Most places serve pilsner or weissbier and while some of it is quite good, it seems fairly bland compared to the better craft beers about.

I tried both the Vienna Pale Ale and the Double IPA here as they are house brews. The Double IPA was a bit bitter for my taste, but the Vienna Pale Ale while more cloudy than you might expect, was a very tasty beer.

As an aside, Vagabund describes itself as a “Community Supported Brewery”, and has a membership format to encourage input into what they are doing. – http://bit.ly/1kW6lny

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Drinking in the street

Coming from a country with strict licensing laws, particularly about where you can and can not drink, I first found the idea of people wandering down the street with a beer rather odd. After a few weeks however I have got more used to it and have had the odd beer while wandering through a street market myself. One day I was sitting in the sun and two women came down the street, one with and ice cream cone and one with a beer. They posted a letter in the mailbox in front of me, turned around and wandered off chatting, one still munching on her ice cream cone, the other swigging on her bottle of beer.

http://flic.kr/p/neAGmL

Leibhaftig


Craft beer in Prenzlauer berg

Leibhaftig is a bar that serves Bavarian Tapas, but is also the home of a hausbrauerei, Wanke Brau. At the moment it serves a pilsner and a weissbier, both of which are very good. These are brewed on commission by brewery Schleppzig in the Spreewald, about 60 kms outside Berlin. Talking to Marcus Wanke the brewer, he says he has a rye beer on the go, but only does dark beers in winter.

http://flic.kr/p/nqKSsM

Breakfast beer

Being a beer drinker I’m enjoying German beer, but what interests me more is the culture around drinking beer. This is a Saturday morning market in Kolliwitzstrasse, and this is a breakfast beer as he waits for his sausages to be cooked. The beer is served by the stall cooking sausages

It is also quite common to see people just walking around with a bottle or glass of beer

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