Berliner Weisse

Good Beer in Berlin? Jawohl!

Berlin has been known as a great city for artists and writers, but not so much for its beer. Its native Berliner Weisse had become increasingly difficult to find, and the local version of pilsner has gotten unfavorable reviews. However, according to writer Evan Rail, the German capital has recently enjoyed a beer renaissance. Rail reports that a slew of new microbreweries, beer bars, and bottle shops have opened in Berlin; and the city’s first true craft beer festival, Braufest, took place last month.

The first stop on Rail’s tour was Meisterstück, a pub that served high-quality bratwurst; freshly baked schrippen, Berlin’s crunchy-crusted bread roll; and a beer menu that combines imports and domestic micro products. Rail was especially surprised by the portraits hanging on the wall: some of the best-known faces of international craft brewing.

The Friday Mash (KC Edition)

On this day in 1850, what is now known as Kansas City, Missouri, was established. It’s the home of the American Jazz Museum, the National World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City-style barbecue, and the Royals and Chiefs.

And now…The Mash!

We begin not in Kansas City, but in Philadelphia City where this evening, Philly Beer Week gets off to a rousing start with The Opening Tap, which will take place at the Independence Visitor Center. We’re sure the Founding Fathers would approve. Philadelphia beer writer Bryan Kolesar has more details about Beer Week itself.

Ninety miles to the north, in Manhattan, another opening takes place today: the Eataly rooftop brewery restaurant Birreria. was given a preview tour, and tells visitors what to expect.

Continuing our journey into the Bronx, two new breweries are operating. They are the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company. No word on whether either plans to sell its beer in–here it comes!–22-ounce Bronx Bombers.

Now to your backyard. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that mosquitoes are attracted to beer. However, the mosquitoes weren’t to state a brand preference.

Beer, of course, is the main attraction of Plzen in the Czech Republic. But as Evan Rail explains in the New York Times travel section, the city has attractions that non-drinkers will love.

Our next stop is the home of sour beer. Not, not Belgium, but Germany, the home of two classic styles: Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse.

Our travels conclude in–you guessed it–Kansas City, which is also the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewery. The beer pairs well with outdoor barbecue. So long as you watch out for mosquitoes.

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