Local Berlin Beer: Brauerei Eschenbrau, Rollberg, or Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei
We will be visiting Berlin this spring and are interested in locally brewed beer. I've heard things about Brauerei Eschenbrau, Rollberg, and Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei and wanted opinions on those and any other small local breweries or brewpubs in Berlin. I'm particularly interested in attempts at non-traditional German styles; although I do adore pilsner. Also do any brewpubs do growler fills for takeaway?
Just wanted to give some input about Hops & Barley - went there last week. Pretty nice setup, they have 3 or 4 homebrews available - a dunkel, an IPA, a pils and a weiss. I tried the dunkel & IPA, both were very nice. Not the best beers I've ever had but nice.
Friendly people & cool locale.
Don't know about the growler fills, though I think all these breweries have email addresses on their websites where you could make such inquiries.
Hops & Barley does more non-traditional German styles (not a lot of ales at either Eschenbräu or Rollberg.
That said, Eschenbräu makes some very delicious brews, and always has seasonal beers on tap.
There's also BHM -- Brauhaus Mitte, doesn't get more centrally located than that. Sounds like more of a Bavarian /Southern German experience, tho.
Then there's Brauhaus Südstern in Xberg, and Brauhaus Lemke near Hackescher Markt.
Thanks so much for your help. I did as you suggested and contacted each about growlers. Rollberg informed me that they do indeed fills growlers. I did a little more research and discovered that Rollberg is in an old Kindl brewery and they have a wood grill for guests to grill their own meat. Seems odd but interesting at the same time.
So I'd definitely like to hit Rollberg, Hops and Barley and also Brewbaker on Arminiusstr. Heard great things about the last place too.