Craft Beer is starting to become more common in Berlin and with the opening of the Stone Brewery. There are also a few new smaller breweries worth visiting. I expect to see a lot more interest in craft beer with the success of these first breweries.
This place surprised us a bit. As you walk up to it from the train station you see a large grey metal looking building. When you walk inside there is a small sitting area with a bar, and you think, OK this is a nice small brewery. However walking out the back door to a very large beer garden area, with 50 plus tables and food stands. They had about 10 of their own beers, guest beers from a few other breweries; Steamworks (USA) and Tool Beer (Denmark), and a collaboration beer with BrewDog.
We were very lucky as they had a huge video screen showing the World Cup Brazil vs Mexico game. The place was full of energetic fans from both teams. We ordered some food and spent a fabulous afternoon in the sun, enjoying beer and watching World Cup Football.
Location: Schöneberger Strasse 16
Updated: Jul '18
This place was a wonderful experience. It was an adventure to find the place. It is tucked around on the back side of the building and then down some stairs to the lower level. The view of the brewing area is lit up at night (see photo to right). Once inside, you will find a classic craft brewery. Nice wooden bar with a good-sized seating area. An excellent selection of their own craft beers. It was also interesting to see they have some craft distilled spirits on the menu as well. We had such a fabulous time; drinking beer, tasting some whiskey and eating pretzels.
Location: Triftstraße 67
Updated: Jul '18
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Stone Brewing opened up this location in September 2016 to help get better distribution into Europe. It becomes the first American-owned brewery in Europe. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in a country steeped full of beer tradition not to mention the Reinheitsgebot purists. I went on a Friday night and there was only a small number of people inside - way short of the crowds you see in the San Diego locations and way short of what I would expect to see if people were excited about it. But I was excited to be there, although the location is some distance from the city center and a 30-minute walk from the nearest Metro stops. Regardless, the brewery is huge with 2 levels and ample seating indoors and out to support massive amounts of people. They have an impressive 50 taps of beer which included many of their vintage beers and14 international guest beers that included beer from Italy, Estonia and Dogfish Head. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and at least one, Jessica from Brazil, was an avid beer enthusiast as can be seen by her recent tattoos since starting at Stone. She left Brazil for this job although she has relatives in Berlin as her heritage is part German. Like it or not, Stone serves up the same organic-style menu that you will find at their other locations. While there, I met 3 guys sitting at the bar next to me from New York. They had been to Oktoberfest during the week and were also beer enthusiasts. We had great beer conversation well into the night but alas, a night of great beer drinking had to come to an end as we all needed to catch trains back to the city center.
Location: Im Marienpark 23
Nearest Metro: Alt-Mariendorf, UBahn U6 or Attilastrasse Sbahn S2
Updated Sept '16