Beer in Berlin: Lindenbräu, Sony Centre, Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz is one of the many places in Berlin steeped in history and symbolism. It was the most important traffic intersections in Berlin from German unification in 1871 until the Second World War, hosting department stores, hotels and beer halls. It was so busy that in 1924 it gained one of the first traffic light systems in continental Europe.
The buildings in the area were almost entirely flattened by the end of the Battle for Berlin. After the war the border of East and West Berlin ran straight through it, so that the Berlin Wall bisected it from 1961 to 1989. Potsdamer Platz has since been rebuilt with a number of large buildings, including the Sony Centre, which includes parts of the old Hotel Esplanade amongst a cinema and film museum under a huge and striking roof.
Also in the Sony Centre is Lindenbräu, a three storey brewpub with a brewkit in the middle of the building. After a morning exploring some of the interesting but thought-provoking historical sights in the area, a drink was welcome. We sat on the second floor, by the closed roof terrace (it was a cold afternoon) and enjoyed the house Weissbeir.
The beer was refeshingly lemony and tart; very enjoyable for a style of beer that I’m not usually that interested in. We didn’t stay for food but saw what others had ordered. The speciality of many of Berlin’s brewpubs seems to be the Schweinshaxe, generous helpings of pork knuckle, and the examples we saw here looked excellent, with some very crispy skin.
Lindenbräu had a limited selection of beers, so I’m not sure it would be worth a special trip, but it’s a good place to refuel when you’re sightseeing around Mitte and the Tiergarten.