Berlin Craft Boutique Beer

Vagabund Brauerei. Berlin’s newest microbrewery, run by a trio of American homebrewers turned professional. Their Wedding taproom (situated in a neighbourhood called Wedding) sees a variety of both their own and other microbrews, while IPAs, Szechuan Saisons, and Coffee Stouts are also available. The Bier Cafe is currently only open on weekends, so check the online schedule before heading out.
 
Privatbrauerei Am Rollberg. You will find this establishment in a piece of Berlin’s abandoned architecture within Neukölln. Rollberg's set up shop inside a massive factory that used to house one of Berlin’s biggest brewerys, Kindl Brauerei. Their small outdoor beer garden is the place to enjoy German-style brews like red, wheat, and bock beers.
 
Hops & Barley. Fredrichshain’s Hops & Barley can feels like an old English brewpub, with tiled floors and walls, exposed pipes, and visible brewing equipment. The team regularly brews pilsners, dark pils, wheats, and cider, and also does special beers including IPAs and brown lagers. There’re also a few bedrooms upstairs for rent, in case you want to hop under the covers - sorry had to.
 
Heidenpeters. Just a short walk from Kreuzberg’s Görlitzer Bahnhof sits Markthalle Neun, home to this newish brewery. Johannes Heidenpeter offers small batch IPAs, pale ales, saisons, and stouts (plus porters come wintertime). The seating area, full of makeshift seats and vintage style, matches-up neatly with the 120-year-old building itself, and's great way to escape the crowds at the Markthalle’s street food Thursday events.
Brauerei Eschenbräu. Just a short walk away from Vagabund (sounds like a pub crawl), you’ll find one of the oldest craft breweries in Berlin, open since 2001 and featuring a beer garden tucked out the back of the building. Eschenbräu brews more in the German style, with a lineup including three regulars; pils, dark, and wheat and a variety of seasonals like Rauchbier (smoked dark beer). They also produce a variety of spirits including a house whiskey.
 
BrewBaker. Although BrewBaker’s beers are available in shops & bars throughout the city, you’ll find the brew wizard at work with a small setup in the back of Moabit’s old school food hall Arminiusmarkthalle, which also houses their small tasting bar. Operating since '2005, the brewery offers a range of 20 od beers including a fruity Bellevue Pils, a refreshing Ginger Beer, and, when it’s autumn, a Pumpkin Lager.
 
Bierkombinat Kreuzberg . Around the corner from Heidenpeters sits BKK, serving beers from nearby Schoppebräu; it’s a dark, divey brewpub that attracts locals with its pitchers of fresh-brewed German-style bocks, helles, and dunkels. But you’ll also find specialty pours, like their Holy Shit Double IPA and the 13% ABV Black Friday black beer, both of which will provide extreme discounts on your brain cells.
 
Leibhaftig/Wanke Bräu . This may not actually be a brewery, but this Prenzlauer Berg Bavarian restaurant is the main tap source point for the brews of Marcus Wanke, who uses an offsight Spreewald facility to make his beautiful barley pops. Try the Leberkäse, a classic German meatloaf/sausage dish, and use it to soak up some of Wanke’s pils, wheat, or doppelbocks.