My Per­fect Day

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - David Spen­gler

The owner of Berlin's first nano-sized brew­ery talks beer, beer, and more beer!

What in­spired you to open your own mi­cro­brew­ery and craft beer bar?

Matt, Tom, and I were in a band to­gether, drink­ing a lot of beer, and we re­al­ized how nice it would be to have some of the beer styles we were used to drink­ing back in the U.S., like pale ales, stouts, and porters. We bought home brew­ing equip­ment and jumped into it. The beer kept get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter, and even­tu­ally we de­cided to take it to the next level.

Ger­many is renowned for its beer cul­ture, and yet the Rein­heits­ge­bot, the once-strict law al­low­ing beer to con­tain only wa­ter, malt, and hops, has dis­cour­aged di­ver­sity. Are Ber­lin­ers ready for a craft beer revo­lu­tion?

Ab­so­lutely. The majority of our beers are

Rein­heits­ge­bot- friendly, but it’s not some­thing we con­sider im­por­tant. We get many Ger­mans in the tap­room who are re­ally in­ter­ested in see­ing what dif­fer­ent types of beers are out there.

If Berlin were a kind of beer, which would it be?

I think a stout, be­cause a stout to me is mul­ti­di­men­sional and re­ally fla­vor­ful, just like the city. A good stout has a good mix of crazy malts and sub­tle yet tasty hops. The fact that Berlin has rel­a­tively hard wa­ter, which goes well with mak­ing stouts, also plays into it.

Other than your bar, where would you rec­om­mend for a great beer ex­pe­ri­ence?

I ab­so­lutely love Hei­den­peters in the Mark­thalle 9 in Kreuzberg. Hopfen­re­ich is right around the cor­ner there too.

Man can­not live on beer alone – what are your fa­vorite places to go out to eat?

My new­est fa­vorite place is Sababa in Mitte, serv­ing up re­ally in­cred­i­ble Is­raeli food. Also, Chicago Wil­liams BBQ is ex­cel­lent.

When you have friends vis­it­ing, where do you take them?

If they’ve never seen the touristy places like the Bran­den­burg Gate or the TV Tower and want to see them, that’s where we’re go­ing. Some­times friends just want to see some­thing dif­fer­ent and Ber­liner, and I’ll take them to some weird bar like An­tje Oek­le­sund.

What’s a spe­cial lit­tle spot in the Kiez where you live?

I have a fa­vorite park bench close to my home in Wed­ding, a lit­tle off Wal­ter-Nick­litz-Prom­e­nade. The bench I love to sit at is be­tween Gericht­straße and Schön­walder Straße, nes­tled nicely right next to the Panke canal. Lots of birds and the quiet sound of wa­ter flow­ing, with a beau­ti­ful old apart­ment build­ing across the canal.

What is Berlin’s most un­der­rated place?

I’d have to say Volkspark Re­hberge. It’s ab­so­lutely huge and I’m al­ways as­tounded by how many peo­ple have never been there. It’s 115 hectares ( Tier­garten is 210 for com­par­i­son’s sake). It’s far off most Ber­lin­ers’ beaten path, which is great be­cause there are fewer peo­ple there.

Mark­thalle Neun

Vagabund Brauerei

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