The Full Pour
Before we get started on Heidenpeters, let's briefly talk Markthalle Neun. If you haven't been here yet, you're going to want to put it on your Berlin agenda. Is it on there? Good, now move it to the top of the list. While the "Market Halls" in Deutschland are always an interesting hub of activity for quality consumables in general, this particular one is tops. Here you'll find fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, meats, prepared foods, flowers, coffee and much more. There are also numerous special events that take place each week, you can easily cross-reference them with your travel dates via their website. The icing on the cake is that you'll already be exploring the Kreuzberg area anyway, as there are other beer experiences to be had.
Tucked away in an almost "secret" nook, Heidenpeters is quietly serving up first-rate beers right under your nose. To save you from too much circling, just know that it is on the left side after you enter the market from Eisenbahnstraße. Continuing on a straight trajectory through the door, after you enter from the street, make a left at the Café sign you see in the photo above. If your aim is true, you'll stroll right into them at the very end of the path. You have two options now, grab a glass of beer (that will exceed your expectations) and go stroll around Markethalle Neun. Or, you can fritter away your time on some wooden stairs and platforms built just for you.
Why is this on THL?
On one hand, its amazing that something like this exists in the most unexpected of places. But if you think it through, the location actually makes perfect sense. Markthalle is full of artisans preparing various crafts with pure passion, so what better place than here for Johannes Heidenpeter to offer up these creations of his own. It should come as no surprise that there isn't a substantial list of different beers on tap here, and that's quite honestly a good thing. What you will find is a very small brewing operation, focused on executing certain styles of beer at a very high level. As you order your beer at the small stand, how cool is it to know that the brewing is taking place right beneath your feet? This is what "craft" beer is all about.
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