Beer, Bars & Brewers #21

Cheers, my dears! We all need a win this week, right? Here we go: come drink your sorrows away at BrewDog’s opening in Berlin tomorrow and enjoy the classic Brauhaus Lemke re-opening, the Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie opens in Hamburg, Anheuser-Busch InBev buys its ninth craft brewery, and Taipei’s  got its very own mobile craft beer bar on two wheels. Nothing left to say, except: go forth and drink friends!

Hamburg beer lovers unite! After successfully celebrating the Summer Craft Beer Days back in July, the team around the festival is back to celebrate the Winter Beer Day on November 19th. Almost 20 brewers, both German and international, will come together in Hamburgs Schanzenhöfen to present their newest winter creations. Enjoy hoppy herb, malty sweet, and cold hopped brews. All in one day! More information here. 

BrewDog Berlin Mitte Opens

And so they continue to build their empire. BrewDog will open their first Berlin location in the city center of Mitte. Stop by tomorrow (that’s November 11th) from 12pm onwards to try “over a hundred bottled beers on offer from the groaning shelves of the in-house BottleDog” and while you’re at it, fill up a couple of take-home growlers as well. Welcome to the neighborhood BrewDog!

Berlin’s Brauerei Lemke Re-Opens

After two years of renovations, Berlin Mitte’s infamous Brauerei Lemke finally re-opened its doors. The former brewery has belonged to the Lemke family since 2004 and has been brewing craft beer since 1999. After its refurbishment it now seats 600 people inside and 400 on the terrase. A Berlin classic in the heart of the city.

Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie opens in Hamburg

After years of waiting, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie is finally open. And no other than the local beer brand Störtebeker has taken over the gastro concept. Guests will find three floors in which to delight in culinary senses: Deck & Deli, Taste & Shop, and Beer & Dine. Three guesses as to which one we’re most interested in. The Beer & Dine is in the 5th floor of the Elbphilharmonie, a restaurant with adjacent bar and lounge area that seats 220. Visitors can expect nordic food culture paired with a host of specialty brews by Störtebeker Braumanufaktur. A certain win for beer in fine dining, we can’t wait to have a look.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys 9th Craft Brewer

And the 9th sale goes to Karbach Brewing. Fortune reports that “AB InBev is scooping up Karbach, which has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing craft brands by establishing a strong foothold in the Houston market and with a recent expansion into the Dallas/Ft. Worth region of the state. The craft brewer’s production reached a little over 40,000 barrels last year. Brewing capacity at Karbach should hit 150,000 barrels per year by 2019 thanks to AB InBev’s planned investments”. It’s no secret that AB InBev has been on a brewery buying mission for the past couple of years, they’ve been doing this to get their share of the steadily growing craft beer segment. “Craft brewers have doubled their share of the $100 billion beer market, to 11%, in the past four years while sales of mass-market beers have stagnated”.

Taipei’s Mobile Craft Beer Shop

Leben Hsieh is recently found cycling around Taipei, selling craft beer by the glass. The drinks business reports that he was inspired by the Tokyo Beer Porter Volkswagen, that drives around the Shibuya District at night selling beer. Hsieh came up with the cycle idea in April and now keeps two craft beers on tap, a local as well as an imported brand. “His taste for beer came when he used to work in a department store in Taipei a few years ago and go out after work with his colleagues to various bars.

From this, he grew to like different expressions of beer, including wheat ale, IPA and stout. His favourite beer now is Mikkeller’s IPA where he has lovingly stuck Mikkeller stickers all over his cart”. He feels like the consumer taste is changing and that an interest in craft beer is becoming more widespread. We need more innovators like this, hats off to this young man!


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