Monday, 10 June 2013

Germany Beer Trip

In March 2013, I spent a week traveling around Germany drinking beer. From Hamburg, to Cologne and Dusseldorf, down to Munich, up to Bamberg, then across to Berlin via a lunch stop in Leipzig. I went to try and learn more about the beers of one of the most famous drinking nations in the world. Here's the trip in a few photos.

Groninger brewpub, Hamburg

Ratsherrn Brewery, Hamburg

Ratsherrn beers, including a fantastic Pale Ale

Uerige's brewhouse in Dusseldorf

Uerige's coolship, six floors above street-level

Uerige's fermentation cellar

Altbier in Kurzer

Pouring Kolsch in Cologne

Gaffel Kolsch

Kellerbier for breakfast in Munich

Forschungsbrauerei just outside Munich city centre

A lot of sausages in Weisses Brauhaus (this place rocks - order Tap 5)

Spezial rauchbier in Bamberg


Ungespundet in Mahrsbrau

Bamberg is one handsome old town

Gose in Leipzig - delicious!

Berliner Weisse in Berlin

Berliner Weisse with syrup (I prefer it without)

Schalander brewpub and their tiny brewhouse

Eschenbrau, Berlin - this place is excellent

Marcus Brau - the brew kit is behind the small bar



  1. Prepping for that next book, Mark?

  2. Hi Mark,

    Great blog - I discovered it a week or so ago and have been enjoying reading through the archives. Anyway, next time you come to Berlin these guys should be open:

    I am really looking forward to seeing what they come up with, as the Berlin beer scene is really starting to move right now.

    All the best,


  3. You certainly packed a lot in to your week in Germany, Mark. Glad to see you managed to visit Forschungsbrauerei, my favourite brewery in Munich and producer of its most distinctive beer!

  4. The English word is "cooler" not "coolship".

    1. The brewer showing me around called it a coolship. Uerige's website also calls it a coolship: That's good enough for me.

  5. Nice blog you have here. I will be back. One small correction regarding the picture labeled as being from Kürzer in Düsseldorf. I believe the picture is from the Schlüssel brewery.