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Around Berlin in 80 Beers

by Peter Sutcliffe

Cogan & Mater’s range of Around in 80 Beers books keeps on expanding. The latest off the press covers Berlin and, if you’ve already bought the editions for Bruges, Brussels, London and Amsterdam, you’ll know all too well what to expect.

Around Berlin in 80 BeersThese are excellent little books – colourful, inviting and, above all, packed with information that beer lovers always require when taking a city break.

Eighty establishments are featured (I say establishments as any place that serves a good beer can be included, not just pubs and bars), with a particular beer from the selection on sale highlighted.

This means you are not just pointed in the direction of a good place to drink but also a particularly good beer to try when you get there.

The Berlin book extends to 112 pages, compiled by economist and beer aficionado Peter Sutcliffe, who has homes both there and in London.

From his choices, I particularly liked the sound of the Alt-Berliner Weissbierstube (described as ‘the place to try Berliner Kindl Weisse’), the Yorkschlössen blues and jazz venue, and the one-time tank depot, Deponie #3, hidden away under railway arches.

Entries also cover brew pubs, beer gardens, restaurants and a speciality beer shop.

As a preamble, the features on Berlin’s chequered past and its brewing history provide a concise and helpful introduction to the city that you can study before you leave home.

I haven’t been to Berlin for a long time and it’s a place I must head back to soon. When I do, this book will be the first thing I pack.

First edition (2011)

112-page paperback (Cogan & Mater)

£ 9.99

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