Our next stop was Potzdamer Platz, where I cheerfully informed the rest of the group that there was a micro brewery. They were certainly not adverse to a visit, and we found a table in pleasant surroundings on the second floor of the Lindenbrau.
This place has a really prime spot, in the middle of the Sony Center, a part of a futuristic complex of steel and glass buildings in what used to be no man’s land. When I visited Berlin in 1994, the bostcards I sent home were of the forest of cranes building this area.
Despite the surroundings, there is a cozy feeling to the brewpub/restaurants. We felt it was time for serious Teutonic eating, so the other three went for scnitzel variations, while I order roasted duck with red cabbage and knödl.
Four beers on offer, apart from the locally brewed Weize, there were a Helles, a Zwickl and a Dunkel from the parent company – the Bavarian brewery Traunstein.
The Altbarisch Dunkel was the best, full of lovely roasted malt, some sweetness and just a hint of sourness to balance.
The service was swift and attentive, and our German seemed to improve, pint by pint. The food was good, two, large portions of meat enabling us to face the rest of the day. We even had a coffee to keep us going a bit longer.
(Thanks again to Frode, who took all the photos of the trip)