Beer in Berlin: Brauhaus Lemke, Hackescher Markt
Thanks to the book Around Berlin In 80 Beers by Peter Sutcliffe (not that one) we were quickly able to find a few good pubs near our hotel in Mitte for a drink on the first evening of our trip to Berlin. Brauhaus Lemke turned out to be one of the best and we returned three or four times during the week.
Lemke is a slightly mediaeval looking, moderately large brewpub in railway arches near Hackescher Markt station that sells a small range of its own beers. Whilst we were there they sold a pilsner, weissbeir, “original” and a special at any time. The special on the first evening was a Zwickl, evidently a light unfiltered lager, which was pleasant but inoffensive. On the second visit, and for the rest of our stay, the special a “Stout Doppelbock“, which was a tasty, raisiny stout with a nice dry hoppiness to balance the malt sweetness.
The beer we kept coming back to was the Original, a balanced chestnut brown beer with a fresh light bitterness. Like a lot of the pubs we visited, there was as much focus on food as there was on drinking, and the Original went well with all the dishes Kate and I tried, including Schnitzel, Goumetbratwurst, Nürnberger Würstchen and pork fillets. There were beef and chicken options too, as well as Flammkuchen, a popular pizza-like flatbread from Alsace.
The food was reasonably priced and generously (although not ridiculously) portioned whilst the staff were helpful and efficient. I understand that Lemke also has another brewpub in the west of the city and owns a number of other pubs, including Brauhaus Mitte near Alexanderplatz, which we didn’t make it to.