What is it that makes Germany a big home to some of the best places to drink around the world? Well, they do have the fourth highest rate of per-capita utilization in the world. And that is not all. Germans love good beer. It counts among the best places to visit in Europe for beer because it is very serious about producing the world’s finest beers.
Best beer cities breweries make their beer with four ingredients, namely water, yeast, malt and hops. But that in no way makes all beers taste like same. Be mesmerised with the fact that you can wet your whistle with more than 5,000 types of beers in Germany.
Generalising the kind of beer served nationwide, it is concluded that hoppier, drier beers can be found in the north, while sweeter and maltier beers are found in the south. That leaves the nation’s middle with midrange beers.
But with over 1,200 top German breweries, it is hard to know where to start. However, with some thorough research carried out by our travel experts at iTraveller, we bring to you 6 best beer destinations in Germany. It gives the beer enthusiasts a great overview of the vast German beer scene.
6 Best Beer Destinations In Germany
Owing to the annual Oktoberfest celebrations, one of the most prominent beer drinking festival in Germany, Munich has become a hub for beer lovers. In over 30 beer tents, different local beers are proudly served that are handcrafted in some of Germany’s finest breweries.
Moreover, the city houses a number of beer halls and gardens that includes the very popular Chinesischer Turm in the Englischer Garten and the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl. Munich also lets the beer lovers get a taste of the best of its craft brews at the Bier-Inseln / Beer Islands alt-beer pub crawl. Some of the city’s best microbreweries hold open cellar tasting sessions here. We also recommend to visit Seehaus, a posh place set on the shore of a lake. And do you know what is the cherry on the cake? You can carry your own snacks to the into the beer gardens! Carrying outside treats is not just allowed but is considered to be polite.
Explore Germany’s rich record of century-old beer making in Berlin. There are plenty of beer halls and independent breweries that are shirking the old ways. Currently, a craft beer resurgence with new breweries is opening in every corner. You can freely drink beer on the streets of Berlin. This is one thing that still is a novel for new country visitors. If you miss out on the Oktoberfest, do not fret. Berlin has its own International Beer festival that is held annually and is equally at par in excellence. Berlin’s Le Croco Bleu is one of several settings in Berlin offering lip smacking Beerfabrik beers. Apart from that, Berlin’s Monterey Bar offers one-stop drinking for anyone with craft beer on their agenda along with some great music. The Berliner Kindl Weisse is a must have. It is cloudy and sour has gone down in history as one of the most popular beers in Germany.
Lastly, do not miss out on sampling the woodruff-laced wheat beer when in Berlin.
For centuries, beer is and has been of paramount importance in the culinary and cultural heritage of Germany. And there is nothing better than sipping on some traditional beer in Dusseldorf. The Altbier, which means ‘old beer’ in German is the type of beer that is brewed only around this city. There is also a tradition of periodically brewing a unique, stronger version of their beer by the Altbier breweries. It is known as “Sticke” in major parts of the town.
Visit both, the Rhine promenade and the lively Old Town district for an amazing time with mixed aged locales that are all joyous and fun loving people. Visiting the Altstadt in the old town is a must because you cannot visit and not drink Altbier at the “world’s longest bar”. You must also make a quick stop at the Elephant Bar. It is an all wood panelling and decadent marble pub that heavily channelizes a 60’s vibe. A wide-ranging selection of gin cocktails are the underrated additions to its menu.
There is certainly no better way other than to experience the fineness of beer first-hand in this city. Cologne gets you a perfect mix of traditional taverns and beer gardens. Kölsch is another old styled beer which is brewed since 1906 and can be found only in the city of Cologne. In addition to that, it is also the only one in Germany to have a protected geographical indication. Due to this, it is only allowed to be brewed in this region. Kölsch comes entirely with its own serving traditions. It has to always be served in small, 0.2 litre glasses. When you have had your fill, you are required to place a coaster on top of the empty glass. Not doing so will make the waiters keep the beer flowing without asking.
Visit the Craftbeer Corner Coeln, Cologne’s first proper tap house that serves 15 different craft beers on tap and offers a daily changing beer menu. Beerlarger is another hotspot that will lure you with an online shop, offers tastings and a friendly staff.
Nuremberg is one among all the amazing beer destinations in Germany.
A beer purity requirement was passed in 1303 requiring that only barley malt may be used in brewing beer. With the passing of this law, the town grew and urbanized around the brewing industry. It is one of the best places in Germany to have beer.
There are a number of small set ups owned by one of the breweries and provides with only their own brand, each with a distinctive recipe. When in Nuremberg, see the centuries-old rock-cut beer vaults that citizens used for beer storage that are still used in use today. Talking about cellars, take a guided tour of the famous underground cellars from the Dürer-Hotel.
Hamburg is another among the beer cities in Germany. From this small town’s very peculiar Alsterwasser to tiny batches of craft beer and household brands, there is continuously something brewing up here. This German city has no scarcity of authentic brewpubs that provide with on-site brewed beer and sincere German cuisine.
Visit the Holsten-Brauerei to sample one of Hamburg’s most iconic beers. Get an inside look into the modern art of brewing and have the Holsten beer straight from the source. Experts will guide you through their bottling procedures and production techniques and provide you with a hearty snack.
Alternatively, you can head to Schankwirtschaft, an independent craft beer bar and choose between an assortment of beers on tap and bottled beers. Another hip place is the Idol bar where you can find a good selection of Whiskeys and Gin along with some good craft beers on tap.
To sum it up, drinking beer in Germany makes you have your hands on some liquid treasure that was just waiting to be found. You can also opt for some amazing beer tours in Germany that will tenfold your love for fine tasting beers. Get in touch with iTraveller to book your Germany beer tour today!