Twenty years ago, on a hot summer day, I invited my boyfriend on a paddle boat date. I was equipped with cold Pilsner Urquell bottles and Boston cream doughnuts. The combo made him raise his eyebrows (if not question my sanity): Beer and doughnuts?
Saturday night: For some people, it’s the perfect opportunity to watch a movie, enjoy a candle-lit dinner, or go dancing at a club. For us, the idea of a delicious beer, Scottish snacks, and art sounded like heaven – and it was all possible, thanks to a Berlin Beer Week (BBW) event which took place at the the bar, “Das Gift,” in Neukölln.
Berlin Beer Week (BBW), established in 2015, is a week-long event celebrating craft beer culture. On Friday, a boat ride through Kreuzberg marked the start of BBW and its over 70 events. As beer aficionados, fans, and creators enjoyed some delicious brews, we spoke to several brewers about their collaborations and the stories behind them.
On June 15, as Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, a voice rang through the community hall of a complex on Berlin’s Alt-Moabit Straße, calling members of the Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque to prayer. One thing set this voice apart from those of many other muezzins that day: it belonged to a woman.
Rabbits certainly aren’t the first things that spring to mind when thinking of Cold War era Berlin. But, for the 28 years the wall stood, thousands of the fluffy creatures made their homes among the mines, automated machine guns and anti-tank barriers in the border strip around West Berlin.
Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing had already generated a passionate fan base by 2011, when readers of Beer Advocate magazine voted them the ” #1 All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth.” We met with Stone’s CEO Greg Koch on the beautiful grounds of the Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Berlin-Mariendorf. Over two glasses of refreshing Stone Tangerine IPA we chatted about – you guessed it – beer.
Tom Moore is a multidisciplinary British artist currently living in Berlin (Tom’s pronouns are they/their.) Their art involves drawing, music, and fashion design. We caught up ahead of their exhibition at 48 Hours Neukölln to talk about alter-egos, authenticity, old Hollywood starlets and the color pink.
On the corner of Kniprodestraße and Hanns-Eisler Straße, a former supermarket-turned-thrift-store sits just northwest of two of Berlin’s refugee camps and just southeast of Mühlenkiez, a community built in the late 1970s. At the end of May, the warehouse—abandoned for over a year—entered a new era with the opening of Prenzlauer Berg’s KulturMarktHalle, a neighborhood meeting point which aims to bring together people of different backgrounds.