Craft Beer is starting to become more common in Berlin and with the opening of the Stone Brewery, I expect to see a lot more interest in craft beer.
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 Sep '16