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 3 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)


They have moved, now in Mitte across from Nordbahnhof, Number of taps have decreased but still 15 rotating craft beers.



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


Corner pub with a great beer selection.


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.

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

Coffee and beer bar. Beers are mostly nordic.


Whisky, Rock & Roll and Craft Beer.


Muted Horn  Fred Honorable Mention New entry in the Guide in 2016 Usually has Franconian Beers

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


Specializes in Eastern European beers.


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