Archive for June 30th, 2008

Brewbaker, Berlin

The Brauhaus Lemke is not the only micro in Berlin situated in railway arches, Brewbaker, next to Bellevue S-bahn station has done the same. Just a few stops from the centre as well, in a quiet area with apartment buildings and parkland.

Very quiet if you ignore the rattling of the train. Some tables outside, inside they have just one arch – Lemke has two. Three beers of their own plus a guest, currently Weienstephaner weisse, which would be a welcome guest most places. Food menu, too, both snacks and more substantial meals. I think you are frowned upon here if you do not offer some kind of food to go with the drinks.

The beer were interesting, each in their own way. A grapefruit weisse was very refreshing, the bitterness of the grapefruit playing with the light wheat beer. Smooth and easy drinking, a fine summer refreshment – and something very different form the grapefruit lemonade/beer mix being sold in bottles.

The Berlinsch is a homage to the Kölsch of Cologne. This beer has a lot of flavour. A bit sweet, but with hops giving both flowers and bitterness. A fine session beer.

Their Bellevue pils was, however, the best of the bunch. Well balances, soft mouth feel, crisp dry aftertaste. I ordered a large glass of this after finishing my sampler. This was probably the best beer I had in Berlin.

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