September 19, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
One of The HUNT Berlin writer Hilda Hoy’s preferred beer gardens is more off the beaten track, though: tucked away next to a stretch of disused railroad on the western edge of Kreuzberg and ringed by trees, Kurhaus Ponte Rosa is a small, friendly outfit that feels like a secret neighborhood locale. Besides the all-important brews, the house specialty is thin-crust pizza from a wood-fired oven.
Though you usually find a selection of commercial brands on tap here, there are also numerous microbreweries making their own inventive drinks. One of them is Neukölln’s Berliner Berg, which has its own Bergschloss taproom, a comfortable spot with antique wooden floors and antiquated furniture. There are always several Berliner Berg varieties on tap, like a fruity pale ale and a potent imperial stout, as well as kegs from other local craft brewers.
Another microbrewery is Pfefferbräu, which occupies a hilltop location in Prenzlauer Berg, and was established in 1893. The enormous copper kettles pump out a light pilsner, a dunkel (malty dark brew) and an unfiltered wheat with whiffs of passion fruit, all of which can be enjoyed inside or out on the terrace along with a broad menu of snacks and meals.
Hopfenreich doesn’t make its own beer, but what it offers instead is an unbelievable variety. With 15 or more kegs on tap at any given time and a bevy of bottles from around the globe, the Kreuzberg watering hole boasts what is quite likely the largest craft beer selection in town. Even the most dedicated connoisseurs are sure to discover something new and surprising.
Lager Lager is part bar, part shop. Bottles and drafts can be sampled on site or packed up for home, and this is the only place here that sells craft beer to go in growlers.
About The HUNT Berlin Writer: Hilda Hoy is a journalist and writer who ended up in Berlin as a result of a very happy coincidence: after leaving a newspaper job in Prague, Berlin just happened to be a nearby place to take an extended holiday — one that has lasted nine years and counting. When not covering local dining and nightlife for Where Berlin magazine, she can be found tilling her allotment garden, scouring flea markets or exploring all corners of the city by bike, U-Bahn and on foot. She writes about the places she finds on her blog, thenwetakeberlin.de.