In the last couple of months we’ve seen microbreweries set up in warehouses in Melbourne, a brewdungeon in Utrecht and an old abattoir in Hamburg. Hausbrauerei Eschenbräu however, would probably have to be in the most unlikely of places so far.
Situated in the district of Wedding, in a courtyard behind one of Berlin’s countless blocks of apartments, Eschenbräu started off 11 years ago in a vacant laundry room in a cellar.
At that time, there was a student club with its own bar next door to the newly founded brew house, so this was the obvious place to start distributing the beer from.
It’s clear to see from the beer garden (with seating for approximately 200) and brew cellar (with 100 more seats) that things have gone from strength to strength since then.
Eschenbräu currently produces 3 regular beers – a pilsner, dunkel and weizen – and has 15 seasonal brews (and 2 ciders) on offer this year.
Luckily for us, as dark beer fans, the Schwarze Molle was released just 3 days before our visit, although this did mean that we were about 3 weeks too early for the KingKiezKnucklehead Stout. Would it be worth coming back to Berlin for? Probably, based on the name and how good the Schwarze Molle was…
Eschenbräu beers are currently available through 8 bars in Berlin, or you can fill your own 1, 2 or 3 litre tankard (or 10, 20, 30 or 50 litre keg) to take away with you.
While we were there, the founder of Eschenbräu, Martin Eschenbrenner mentioned that he doesn’t like bottled beer, citing oxygen, transportation and cooling systems as the common enemies of a good beer.
He clearly prefers his beer straight from the source and sitting in the chilled out atmosphere of the Eschenbräu beer garden, it’s hard to disagree with him.