hops & Barley
The Full Pour
Looking at the historical trajectory, one could easily deduce that Hops & Barley was a main contributor in bringing the "new" craft beer movement to Berlin. After all, they've been operating in Boxhagener Platz since 2008 and had developed a reputation for innovation at the onset. When you consider how much has changed in the Berlin beer landscape since then, you realize that there is historical significance here that must be fully explored. What is particularly commendable with this small brewing operation, is that they celebrate traditional beers [pilsner, dunkel (dark) & weisen (wheat)], but also embrace experimentation with non-traditional ingredients. The overall vibe here is pure brewpub, and it feels as if it is built for volume (game days?) as you meander away from the contrastingly quaint bar area where you had first entered.
Why is this on TLH?
Part of the fun in taking on a new city in general, is learning how things came to be from a historical perspective. It not only helps us to fully appreciate and understand the latest iterations of the evolution, but also to get to know the community behind it. Whether it is through online research, or just in speaking with the great people you'll meet along the way, understanding the whole can make the trip more gratifying. Berlin is a particularly exciting city in this vein. The same ideology can obviously be applied to the beer culture component of your travels. There are many reasons to get lost in the artistic borough of Friedrichshain-Kreutzberg, and now you have a "historical" neighborhood brewpub to check out along the way. If you're popping in on a Sunday, there is substantial flea market that takes place on the Boxhangener Platz.