Fred's Top Picks

This are my don't miss pubs. Each is worth a special effort to visit.

Fred lives in Los Angeles but visits Germany three or four times a year. Berlin is usually one of the destinations.. You can follow him on twitter as @FredWaltman or read his twitter feed below

Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


Birra A Fred top pick  Specializes in Italian Beers Usually has Franconian Beers

Italian Craft Beer Bar recently opened by Manuele Colonna of the famous Rome pub Ma che siete venuti a fa Also has a beer from Brauerei Knoblach in Schammelsdorf (Franconia)



Pub in a residential neighborhood with an excellent selection of beer. Food is cheese and some sausages.


Corner pub with a great beer selection.


Muted Horn A Fred top pick  WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2016 Usually has Franconian Beers

New craft beer bar (from October 2016) with an eclectic selection of beers.


Protokol A Fred top pick  WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017

Modern craft beer bar with a mix of German and imported craft beer.


Small brewpub with a wide range of generally good beers.


Honorable Mention

These pubs just miss being a "Top Pick" but are well worth visiting.

Beereau  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2017 Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Bottle shop with a couple of taps and a huge number of beers in the fridge (so you can drink them on site). Formerly the Berlin Beer Academy.


Biererei Bar  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2018

New bar by the Biererei bottle shop across the street. The picture is of the bottle shop


Castle Pub  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Opens at 11am or earlier.

They have moved, now in Mitte across from Nordbahnhof, It is now beer and coffee so they open early. Fifteen taps of interesting beer plus a few you'd expect from this history as a British pub,


Da Jia Le  Fred Honorable Mention Full menu

30 bottled craft & good traditional beers with freshly prepared Chinese dishes.


Heidenpeters  Fred Honorable Mention Closed Sunday Closed Monday Brewery tap, may have limited hours

Brewpub in the Market Hall



Kaschk  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Opens at 11am or earlier.

Coffee and beer bar. About half of the beers were Nordic or Nordic collaborations.


Lager Lager  Fred Honorable Mention Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Mainly a bottle shop and a growler fill shop but most beers can also be purchased by the glass and enjoyed in their small tasting room. Bottled beers purchased can be enjoyed on site for a €1 corkage fee.


Whisky, Rock & Roll and Craft Beer.


Stone Tap Room  Fred Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2018 Brewery tap, may have limited hours

Impressive selection of beers, both Berlin and USA brewed beers from Stone as well as some guests.


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