Garten Hops

April 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Back in the 19th century, kings spent time forming decrees for things like: Ideal Beer Brewing Temperature (4-8°C). Which led to all sorts of rules about how to cool beer in the spring (bury it in caves near the river bank) and further cool beer in the summer (plant chestnut trees on top of the caves to provide shade).

Because of those important political decisions, we get to enjoy the fruits of their indentured servants’ labor. I spent the weekend discovering a few of Berlin’s best beer gardens (one hefeweizen at a time).

We walked from Mitte down to the banks of the River Spree (that’s the Altes Museum in the background), where Berliners were doing what they do best — relaxing.

We passed the government district and stopped for wurst, beers, and lemonades at Zollpackhof. Then we continued our walk towards the Tiergarten (kind of like Central Park) for a weissbier at Schleusenkrug (my favorite). It was so nice.

Communal tables, leafy trees, lakes, string lights, dogs, beers, pretzels. Aren’t those the things you crave in summer? Maybe I can turn my *new* garden apartment in Brooklyn into a mini beer garden. I will just need a trowel to dig the water feature.

To find  Zollpackhof Gastronomie and Schleusenkrug you need to follow the river walkways and head straight into the Tiergarten (you can’t miss it).


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