One of the things you’re probably interested in trying while visiting Berlin is beer. Germany is well known for its beer, and you’ll find plenty of it in Berlin. But if you want to try something special, here’s where to go to find the best craft beer in Berlin.
Craft beer is usually from smaller producers and often does not conform to the German beer purity laws from the middle ages. This means there is a wide range of tastes and types.
From beers brewed in a traditional German style to quirky and wacky flavors, Berlin’s craft beer scene can’t be beat. You’ll never run out of interesting brews to taste during your trip to Germany’s capital city.
Where to stay in Berlin
Berlin has lots of great neighborhoods for you to stay in and explore. If you’re visiting Berlin for the first time, it might be best for you stay somewhere central. Many of the attractions are in Mitte or easily connected to Mitte by transport, so you should stay somewhere in that region. Here are a few hotels we recommend.
For a more detailed look at the different neighborhoods and our recommendations, check out our guide to where to stay in Berlin.
Where to find the best craft beer in Berlin
This list of where to find the best craft beer in Berlin is a mix of bars that carry beers from other producers and tap rooms that have a local brewery attached. Most are open in the afternoon and evening during the week and earlier on the weekend. Check the websites for exact times.
This is likely the largest of the local craft beer breweries. You can find their distinctive bottles at most grocery stores and Spätis.
They also have a large beer garden and restaurant near the Gleisdreieck U-Bahn station at the edge of the spacious Gleisdreieck Park. Order your beer at the tap area inside and grab a seat outside. They have a large number of their own beers on tap, so check out the menu or ask for recommendation. BRLO also makes their own cider.
There is a limited menu available in the beer garden, or you can get a table at their restaurant for fancier food. Nothing about this place is traditional, from the sometimes wacky beer flavors to the building made from containers to the upscale restaurant menu. But they have great beer, and it is a nice place to sit on the edge of the park.
Closest Transport: Gleisdreieck U-Bahn
Address: Schöneberger Straße 16, 10963 Berlin
Straßenbräu means Street Brew in German and is a good description of this Berlin craft beer bar. The location near Ostkreuz is their taproom with seats inside plus lots of tables out front. They brew their own beer and have 12 taps that change periodically. The beers they offer cover a wide range of styles and often come with Berlin-tinged names.
Located on a tree lined street filled with other restaurants, it is a pleasant place to choose four as a testing flight of smaller beers to try out the range. They don’t offer food themselves, but they welcome you ordering from somewhere nearby and bringing it in.
If someone in your group isn’t into beer, there are other options such as wine, cider, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Closest Transport: Ostkreuz S-Bahn
Address: Neue Bahnhofstraße 30, 10245 Berlin
Run by Canadians in the hip end of Neukölln, Muted Horn is a great place to come for craft beer in Berlin. The bar has a small beer garden outside with tables plus plenty of seats inside.
They have a large rotating menu of beer both in bottles and on tap. Often they have interesting ciders on offer as well. Muted Horn does not serve food, but the area around the U-Bahn station nearby has plenty of places to get a bite to eat to bring with you to the bar.
Closest Transport: Boddenstrasse U-Bahn
Address: Flughafenstraße 49, 12053 Berlin
Lemke is a Berlin based craft beer brewery, but on the larger side. You can find their bottled beers in grocery stores occasionally, but the best place to find them is at one of their three locations.
Each location has a different feeling. Their most unique location is the one near Hackescher Markt filling a space underneath the S-Bahn tracks. The curved brick ceilings house a restaurant with a large number of seats and an outdoor beer garden for warmer weather.
The food on offer is pretty common German dishes like Schnitzel, pork knuckle, sausages, and Spätzle. Try a full glass of one of their beers on tap or order the tasting flight to sample 6 x 0.1L beers.
Their other locations include one near Alexanderplatz and another near Charlottenburg Palace in the west.
Hackescher Markt Location
Closest Transport: Hackesche Markt S-Bahn
Address: Dircksenstr., S-Bahnbogen 143, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Check the website for other locations.
Website: https://www.lemke.berlin (German)
Typical of the craft beer scene in Berlin, Protokoll is a small bar in Friedrichshain that has a row of taps on the wall and a well-read paper menu of bottles. Both of these rotate frequently, often with themes. They often reach far beyond the borders of Berlin, and even Germany, to get some pretty exotic beers. Prices are a bit higher as expected for imports, but definitely unique.
The interior has a number of seats in one room and higher tables with bar stools in the other. No outdoor seating per se, but there is no law against standing on the street drinking. They don’t have food themselves, but quite often host popup food events. Check their website for schedules.
For non-beer drinkers in your group, Protokoll also serves wine, cider, cocktails, and a few non-alcoholic options.
Closest Transport: Frankfurter U-Bahn
Address: Boxhagener Str. 110, 10245 Berlin
Started by three Americans, Vagabund Brewery is one of the early success stores of craft beer in Berlin. They have a taproom and brewery in Wedding, where they also have seating and beer on tap. Their bottled beer can be found in bars and stores across the city as well.
Vagabund’s beer types tend toward styles that aren’t as traditionally German, like IPAs and sour beers. Like many craft beer places in Berlin, the names are often as creative as the beers. If you want to try something unique, give Vagabund a try.
Closest Transport: Seestr U-Bahn
Address: Antwerpener Str. 3, 13353 Berlin
In the back corner of Markthalle Neun sits Heidenpeters brewery. The brewery is in the basement with the taps directly above, so it doesn’t really get much fresher. Some beers are available all year round, while others are seasonal or specials. No matter what, you’re in for an interesting beer brewed with unique ingredients.
You can find their beers around town at other bars and Spätis, but you should really check out Markthalle Neun and try some right at their bar.
Closest Transport: Görlitzer Bahnhof U-Bahn
Address: Eisenbahnstr. 41-42, 10997 Berlin
Hops and Barley
If you are looking for locally made, super fresh, traditional German beer, then hunt out Hops and Barley. The location in Friedrichshain has a cozy bright tavern feel, as opposed to some of the darker locales. Seats inside go back a ways or find a seat out front on one of the few outside tables during warm weather.
In comparison to many other places on this list, the appeal is not a large number of taps, but good craft beer made in a few diffeent traditional styles. They also make a really lovely cloudy cider.
Hops and Barley does have some food, mostly simple German fare like sausages.
Closest Transport: Warschauer U-Bahn
Address: Wühlischstraße 22/23, 10245 Berlin
Website: http://www.hopsandbarley.eu (German)
Two Fellas Brewery
Two Fellas Brewery is a brewery and cozy pub in Pankow with a great selection of craft beer. They definitely experiment with beers that don’t always follow tradition. It’s run by two guys from the US, so they have an American take on craft beer.
Their pub also serves interesting pizzas made with beer dough using their own beer. The thick dough takes longer to cook, so be patient.
Closest Transport: Pankow S-Bahn & U-Bahn
Address: 30, Mühlenstraße, 13187 Berlin
Bier Laden Berlin
This place actually serves as a bar, tasting room, and a bottle shop. You can try lots of different interesting craft beer here, or choose from over 200 different types in bottles to take away. They even have an option to get tap beer to go.
It’s not a huge space, but this is a wonderful place to go if you like options. You’re sure to find some tasty beers at Bier Laden Berlin.
Closest Transport: Platz der Luftbrücke U-Bahn
Address: Kreuzbergstraße 78, 10965 Berlin
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