Big thanks to Cat Wolinski at VinePair for the shout-out and to Trent Zummallen for sharing. We'll overlook the slight editorial mistake that mixed up the number 1 and 2 slots. Could happen to anyone, no biggie ;-)
Ein dickes Dankeschön an Cat Wolinski und VinePair für die Erwähnung in dieser Top 10-Liste der heißesten Bierstädte, und an Trent Zummallen für's Teilen. Über den kleinen, redaktionellen Fehler, der Platz 1 und 2 vertauscht hat, sehen wir einfach hinweg. Kann ja mal passieren. ;-) ... Read moreLess
We are absolutely stoked and a little overwhelmed by the attention our Christmas sale has been receiving from you guys! We're almost sold out, and 2019 hasn't even started! Wow. We take this both as a sign that we've been doing something right these last three years, and as a motivation to improve the Berlin Brews Crews wherever possible. Thank you for your trust, and we'll have a great time in July. But for now - time to sit back with some barrel-aged awesomeness and enjoy the holidays!
UNLESS you are still short a Christmas present. In which case you are obviously a very bad person and deserve some coal. To remedy the situation, grab some of the last few available tickets and become a very good person instantly! But no pressure. berlinbrewscruise2019.eventbrite.de... Read moreLess
(English below) BERLIN BREWS CRUISE – Das offizielle Eröffnungsevent der Berlin Beer Week 2019 Zum vierten Mal in Folge steht ein Spreekreuzer bereit und wird mit mindestens 40 Bieren aus 40 lokalen, nationalen und internationalen Brauereien bestückt, von denen ihr so viele und so oft probieren ...
There is only one beer that gets a guaranteed spot on the Berlin Brews Cruise. Wanna guess? Right! It's the official Berlin Beer Week collaboration brew, which changes every year.
2015 brought 11 breweries together to create a Pale Ale, which was brewed at Brauhaus Lemke am Alex. But 11 breweries for one recipe? It seems a bit like overkill. It was a kegged beer only.
In 2016 we tried to do our part in reanimating the Berliner Weisse beer style and brought together all breweries who were making an original Berliner Weisse at the time: Brewbaker Bio-Bier, Schneeeule Berlin, Berliner Berg, BRLO. BrewDog came up with the idea of adding lemon peel and honey to the brew, the latter of which we sourced locally. The result was a strong, but refreshing Sour Ale named Sunburst Sour, a few bottles of which are still around.
2017 finally saw us see reason, and we decided to only have two Berlin breweries collaborate for the official beer henceforth (no guarantees ;-) ). Bierfabrik and BRLO brewed a Bohemian Style Pilsner with Earl Grey tea under the name of Madam Grey. It was available in bottles and kegs.
This year, Heidenpeters and Hops & Barley produced an India Pale Lager under the name of IPL, which stood for Intense Pulse Lupulin. Treat yourself to a hoppy beer (or hair removal) if you understand the pun! It was available in kegs and in a limited can release.
Berlin has 916 bridges, more than Venice. This odd piece of information floating around in the German capital might need some perspective: Firstly, Venice is a city of 260.000 inhabitants, not 3,6 million. Secondly, only a fraction of that quarter million even lives in the “bridge-intense” area of the old lagoon town. Modern Venice is a port city, and bridges into the sea tend to be either piers or construction failures on a level with the new Berlin airport. Thirdly, Hamburg, at half the inhabitants of Berlin, sports 2.485 bridges.
This is not to say that those bridges aren’t nice to look at. The Berlin Brews Cruise brings you very close to them, even dangerously so! Some of the bridges over the canals are so low that we have to constantly remind people to sit down, for while some of the Art Nouveau style embellishments may be beautiful, bumping your head against them with the momentum of a ship propelling you forward just isn’t the kind of Berlin Beer Week opening experience we’re looking for.
We encourage everyone to sample as many beers as possible on the Berlin Brews Cruise. With 40+ beers to try, we keep the serving size of our glasses small. In 2016, the two crowd favorites were the Steamworksbeer Europe Cucumber Killer and the Buxton Brewery Company / Omnipollo Yellow Belly Sundae, two beers that couldn’t be much further apart. And while the latter is unlikely to make a reappearance (at least under that name due to legal issues), the former is now available in supermarkets in Germany. This year, we increased the serving size from 5cl to 10cl. Mostly because people like to spend more time on deck, and don’t want to have to run downstairs every 5 minutes for a new beer that is empty by the time they sit down. The glasses for the Opening of Berlin Beer Week are special orders. We haven’t had the same glass twice yet, although this isn’t completely on purpose.