Kostenloses Pubkonzert im Gedeih & Verderb

„Wed­ding in Sicht!“ ist das zwei­te Kon­zert der Einfach.Hiersein-Rei­he, die loka­le Bands auf die Nach­bar­schafts­büh­nen bringt. Erst­mals kommt die Rei­he mit einem Pira­te Speed-Folk-Abend mit den Ship­w­reck Rats in den Wed­ding. Getanzt, gesun­gen und getrun­ken wird am Don­ners­tag, 28. März ab 20 Uhr im Gedeih & Ver­derb, der  Kiez­knei­pe mit Alt­ber­li­ner Charme. Im Vor­feld gibt es 20 Frei­ge­trän­ke zu gewinnen. 

Darf’s ein bisschen Hirsch & Hase sein?

Fraser in Aktion - beim Kochen im "Hirsch & Hase". Foto: Elsa Böhm
Fra­ser McCa­be in Akti­on – beim Kochen im “Hirsch & Hase”. Foto: Elsa Böhm

Es ist Sonn­tag. Wir haben Hun­ger, wol­len aber weder Jagen noch Kochen. Also durch­fors­ten wir mit­samt Kind den Wed­ding nach einem Lokal. Vor einem Glas­pa­vil­lon in der Brun­nen­stra­ße blei­ben wir an einem Schild hän­gen. Sunday Roast. Klingt gut. Aber war­um heißt es nicht Sonn­tags­bra­ten? Ein Besuch im “Hirsch & Hase”.

Tipperary: Pub am Traditionsstandort

Die Eck­knei­pe Tip­pera­ry Pub an der Trift- / Tege­ler Stra­ße ist ein tra­di­ti­ons­rei­cher Gas­tro-Stand­ort. Mit dem “Schup­ke” war hier über lan­ge Jah­re ein Café-Bar-Pio­nier ansäs­sig, der dazu bei­getra­gen hat, dass die Tege­ler Stra­ße heu­te eine rich­ti­ge Gas­tro-Mei­le gewor­den ist. Als Pub ver­sucht das Tip­pera­ry eine Markt­lü­cke im mit Essens- und Bar­an­ge­bo­ten aus­ge­spro­chen gut ver­sorg­ten Spren­gel­kiez zu schlie­ßen und etwas Ver­gleich­ba­res gibt es in den Kiezen rund um den Leo­pold­platz eher nicht. 

Immer wieder Sonntag: „Tatort“ im Wedding

Glaubt man der Bou­le­vard­pres­se, ist der gan­ze Wed­ding ein ein­zi­ger Tat­ort. Die Poli­zei­be­rich­te und Kurz­mel­dun­gen sind voll von Noti­zen, in denen Delik­te aller Art auf Wed­dings Stra­ßen ver­merkt wer­den. Da ver­wun­dert es, dass sich Wed­din­ger auch noch frei­wil­lig ver­sam­meln, um sich die Pro­duk­te von Dreh­buch­au­toren anzu­se­hen. Wie in ande­ren Orten in ganz Deutsch­land ist hier das gemein­sa­me „Tatort“-Schauen belieb­tes Ritu­al für den Sonn­tag­abend, ob im Fami­li­en­kreis oder in der Kneipe.

The Castle Pub: Sláinte

Im Castle PubAktua­li­siert Juni 2017: Jah­re­lang lagen die Räum­lich­kei­ten in der Hoch­stra­ße 2 brach. Seit Sep­tem­ber 2013 hat­te sich dort nach umfang­rei­chen Reno­vie­rungs- und Umbau­ar­bei­ten das Cast­le Pub ein­ge­rich­tet und den Kiez um gleich meh­re­re drin­gend benö­tig­te Facet­ten berei­chert–  tol­le Atmo­sphä­re, akus­ti­sche Live-Kon­zer­te, Craft Beer und natür­lich: Guin­ness. Ende April 2017 schloss der belieb­te Pub und zog unter dem Namen The Cast­le Ber­lin in die Inva­li­den­stra­ße 129 in Mitte. 

VAGABUND Brewery: Mature in peace

Quelle. VAGABUND Brauerei
Quel­le. VAGABUND Brauerei

This is the sto­ry of three Ame­ri­cans in their mid-thir­ties who came to Ger­ma­ny to learn how to brew. Hap­py about the qua­li­ty of the beer but not satis­fied with its diver­si­ty, they had an plan: to show Ber­lin the vast varie­ty of beer flavours.

“Of cour­se, we qui­te lik­ed the beer here”, says Tom Cro­zier, “but most­ly it is only Pils.” – no trace of varie­ty and expe­ri­men­ta­ti­on. The Eng­lish tea­cher and his two friends, David Speng­ler and Matt Walt­hall, did not hesi­ta­te for long and star­ted brewing their own beer in their kit­chen, using US ingre­dients. “Pret­ty cra­zy for Ame­ri­cans to start a bre­we­ry in Ger­ma­ny,” says Tom. They deci­ded to fol­low the trend of craft beer brewing which star­ted in the US a cou­p­le of years ago and is now ent­e­ring Ber­lin and Wedding.

Why Vagabund?

“Ever­yo­ne wants to know that“, Tom grins, “but the name is real­ly obvious. A vag­abond is someo­ne who lea­ves home to dis­co­ver some­thing new, to find new friends, who can find his home any­whe­re.” As the brewing mas­ters (Brau­meis­ter, or mas­ter bre­wer, is a pro­tec­ted tit­le in Ger­ma­ny) have sett­led down a bit, they now live a less roa­ming life than a lot of their guests. At Vaga­bund bre­we­ry, which has a cart­wheel and hops as its logo, a color­ful mix of peop­le gathers. Com­mu­ni­ty and con­vi­via­li­ty were also the rea­sons for Vagabund’s suc­cess­ful start.

Crowdfunded beginnings

“We lear­ned brewing main­ly from books and the Inter­net!“ Tom sounds proud as he says this. He knows that he would­n’t have been given a bank loan with this ‘brewing expe­ri­ence’, so the bre­we­ry nee­ded to be fun­ded in other ways. Enthu­si­asm and an idea far away from the main­stream were the necessa­ry ingre­dients for a suc­cess­ful crowd­fun­ding pro­ject. Wit­hin two mon­ths, they mana­ged to get 22,000 € for tech­ni­cal app­li­an­ces. The mem­bers of the ‘Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­por­ted Ber­we­ry’, who gave this initi­al sum to Vaga­bund, recei­ve beer or T‑shirts for their capi­tal. Plus, ever­yo­ne can help with or watch the brewing pro­cess – there’s a lot to learn about the beer uni­ver­se. The fami­li­al atmo­s­phe­re and the opti­on to try things are important for the bre­wers and their supporters.

Growing in the Kiez

Vagabund 3A big, yet cozy room with a long woo­den coun­ter whe­re you can have a good chat is the mee­ting point of the com­mu­ni­ty. “We live in Wed­ding and don’t want to chan­ge it,” exp­lains Tom. Ins­tead of upgrading the Kiez, Vaga­bund wants to grow in it. Alrea­dy, most of the guests come from Wed­ding and Gesund­brun­nen. If there’s light and Vagabund’s logo is han­ging abo­ve the door, your chan­ces of get­ting a nice fresh beer are very good at Ant­wer­pe­ner Str. 3. Tog­e­ther with their own crea­ti­ons, the three always offer excep­tio­nal beers from other bre­we­ries, such as Wed­ding Pale Ale or the Bel­gi­an ‘Trap­pis­ten­bier’.
For now, only one of the three self-made bre­wers will cater for the busi­ness full-time. “Vaga­bund can matu­re, just as a good beer. Of cour­se, we want to be able to live of it, but it is OK if that takes a cou­p­le of years,” Tom finds. May­be the bre­we­ry just grows in a way that works for the Kiez…

A tra­di­tio­nal trend

Brewing has a tra­di­ti­on in Wed­ding: Bet­ween 1891 and 1982, the University’s expe­ri­men­tal bre­we­ry­e­xis­ted at See­str. 13, brewing 45,000 hec­to­li­ter in the 1920’ies. Today, the bre­wers pre­fer qua­li­ty ins­tead of quan­ti­ty. Sin­ce 2001, ‘Eschen­bräu’ at Trift­stra­ße has been pro­ving how much tas­te can be found in unfil­te­red beer – the bre­we­ry which also pro­du­ces apple juice and whis­key is not a secret tip any­mo­re. More beer can be found just around the cor­ner, at ‘Hop­fen und Malz’ (Trift­str. 54).

VAGABUND Braue­rei

Ant­wer­pe­ner Str. 3, 13353 Berlin

open thurs­days to satur­days from 7 PM

Trans­la­ti­on: Danie­la Hombach

More on Wedding’s Eng­lish Lan­guage Face­book-Page “Der schö­ne Wedding”

“Eschenbräu”: Unique Beer

Eschenbräu’s beer, unfiltered and dry, fits well into Wedding. It has managed to find many fans all over Berlin and is famous with beer lovers who like the unusual.

Martin Eschenbrenner (Foto: Eschenbräu)
Mar­tin Eschen­bren­ner (Foto: Eschenbräu)

Bir­git Wahle from Kreuz­berg had her first beer from Eschen­bräu befo­re she knew it came from Wedding:“I did not have my first Eschen­bräu in Wed­ding. It was in Kreuz­berg, and it was a reve­la­ti­on! May­be it was becau­se the day was long and hot – but I got devo­ted to this unfil­te­red, deli­cious beer. Five years later I made it to the ori­gin of Eschen­bräu. Admit­ted – you would not expect to find a bre­we­ry in the base­ment of a con­cre­te stu­dent dorm. The pub is deco­ra­ted with fun­ny ads desi­gned by the bre­wer, Mar­tin Eschen­bren­ner. It is very uni­que, and surely not ever­yo­ne will take a fan­cy to it – but I love it! When I first came here, the beer gar­den was unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly not open yet, but I will come back in sum­mer to enjoy my beer. The many dif­fe­rent kinds of sea­so­nal and arti­san beers will also keep attrac­ting regulars.”

Mar­tin Eschen­bren­ner lived in exact­ly the same stu­dent dorm in Trift­stra­ße during his bre­we­ry stu­dies – so it see­med likely to use the for­mer washing faci­li­ties for the bre­we­ry. His beer is bre­wed in small quan­ti­ties and does not always tas­te the same, which dis­tin­guis­hes it from the uni­form tas­te of lar­ge bre­we­ries. Mar­tin Eschen­bren­ner calls hims­elf an ‘indo­mita­ble bre­wer’. With his one-man bre­we­ry he fights, just like the vil­la­ge of Aste­rix and Obelix, against the uni­form tas­te of lar­ge bre­we­ries. Suc­cess­ful­ly: Hand­ma­de beer from Wed­ding – not every part of Ber­lin can offer that!

Eschen­bräu:

open dai­ly from 5 p.m., June to August from 3 p.m.

Trift­stra­ße 67 (courty­ard) 

Trans­la­ti­on: Danie­la Hombach

More on Wedding’s Eng­lish Lan­guage Face­book-Page “Der schö­ne Wedding”