NIGHTLIFE

Rachel Stern took a tour of some of Ber­lin's best brew­eries, sam­pling their unique and of­ten un­con­ven­tional ar­ray of fla­vors.

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No one needs their arm twisted to sam­ple their way through Ber­lin's best brew­eries.

There is no doubt that Ger­many is known world­wide for its beers. Yet only over the past few years have a hand­ful of ar­ti­san crafters been hit­ting the es­tab­lished scene, bring­ing in­spi­ra­tion from around the globe. Read on for some of our fa­vorites.

Named af­ter the old Slavic ori­gin of the word “Ber­lin”, BRLO (Schöneberger Str. 16, brlo.de) is one of the new­est ad­di­tions to Ber­lin's craft beer scene. Si­t­u­ated in a metal­lic and sprawl­ing two-story space next to Park am Gleis­dreieck, the brew­ery not only of­fers a cre­ative se­lec­tion of craft beers, but also del­i­cately lay­ered food plat­ters which ap­pear to be ab­stract works of art. Wash down the beet and ri­cotta cheese ap­pe­tizer with some of their beer tasters, in­clud­ing the slightly bit­ter Ger­man IPA and fruity pale ale. Mi­grate to Neukölln's neigh­bor­hood new­bie

Ber­liner Berg (Kopf­str. 59, berliner­berg.com), known for its five dis­tinct hand­crafted fla­vors. Try the light and fruity Cal­i­for­nia Wheat, made with hops from Amer­ica's Golden State, or the darker Ir­ish Stout, made from Ir­ish and Ger­man malt, lend­ing it a rich choco­late and cof­fee fla­vor. Si­t­u­ated in a pol­ished but sparsely lit space, with can­dles burn­ing from empty beer bot­tles, the brew­ery boasts a dis­tinctly hip Ber­lin at­mos­phere to match its trend­set­ting tastes.

Head to Wed­ding in north­ern Ber­lin where the Two Fel­las

Brew­ery (Hochstr. 2, twofel­las. beer) is hid­den in the Cas­tle Pub, known for its packed sports view­ings and Mon­day Trivia Nights. Es­pe­cially worth sam­pling are the Rogue Agent Pale Ale, which pairs a slight malti­ness with whirlpool chi­nook hops, and also the unique and re­fresh­ing Blood Or­ange Wit, a Bel­gian-style wit­beer paired with nat­u­ral blood or­ange juice and co­rian­der.

Run by three Amer­i­cans who brew their own beer, the nearby Vagabund Brauerei (An­twer­pener Str. 3, www.vagabund­brauerei. com) in Wed­ding is a cozy but per­pet­u­ally packed nano brew­ery. The brews are pre­pared in batches to al­low the dis­tinct fla­vors to seep in. Try the smooth and crisp Szechuan Sai­son, made with wild yeast and crushed co­rian­der seeds, or the malty So­cial Smoker. While they don't serve food, they al­low you to bring in your own eats from out­side – a no­table trait in a 'hood with many good late-night döner ke­bab op­tions.

Also well worth the trek up north is Eschen­bräu ( Trift­str. 67, www.es­chen­braue.de) a homey hid­den gem that brews a unique as­sort­ment, such as the sur­pris­ingly tasty Rauch­bier (smoked beer with a meaty fla­vor). If you feel like branch­ing out from beer, the es­tab­lish­ment also dis­tills its own fruit schnapps and squeezes all-nat­u­ral ap­ple juice. In warmer weather, bask out­side be­low the stars in the mas­sive pa­tio.

The beer va­ri­ety at BRLO. Inset, be­low: Vagabund Brauerei.

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