The Forsthaus Templin, the forester’s house near the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin), has served as a restaurant and beer garden since 1834.
In its heyday the beer garden boasted up to 4,000 seats.
In 2002 the current owners bought the Forsthaus Templin, which had been empty for 5 years, and converted it to house their brewery, Braumanufakur Potsdam.
All of the beers produced on site are very good but I would highly recommend trying the Potsdamer Stange, which you can also get at Getränke Hoffmann and Bio stores in Berlin if you can’t make it to Templin.
I first visited the Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin at the height of summer but still couldn’t resist ordering the Grillhaxe, a roasted pork joint that was served with sauerkraut, mustard and brown beer bread dumplings.
The meat itself was succulent and juicy; the crackling, crisp and crunchy; and the combination of flavours and the size of the portion made for a delicious and very satisfying meal.
I was a little surprised that there was a small salad on the plate but this was possibly Steffi’s favourite part of the meal thanks to the dressing.
On that occasion Steffi ordered the freshly baked bread with game-ham, game-salami, game-paté, a pickled gherkin and butter, which she thought was excellent but despite enjoying her meal she still has a serious case of food envy when she saw and tasted my Haxe.
The quality of the ice cream with beer liqueur went some way to making her feel better though.
Sitting on their large terrace under the trees enjoying a cold beer makes Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin idyllic in summer but the hearty food on offer at will be perfect for warding off the cold of the next six or so months. The thought of eating a Sunday roast here makes the knowledge that winter is coming just a little more bearable.
For those visiting with children there is a small petting zoo, with goats, chickens and rabbits and a play area, which has a weird bouncy hill (?) that kids will love.