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Berlin Beer Week 2018 Official Beer Announced

With now just a little over 3 weeks until the start of Berlin Beer Week 2018, the organisers yesterday announced this year’s official beer on Facebook. First held in 2015, Berlin Beer Week is “a multi-day celebration of craft beer culture and community, with daily events happening at numerous locations throughout the city.” The 2018 […]


Arte Street Atelier – Rocco and his Brothers

The street art collective Rocco and his Brothers has produced some of the most eye-catching, headline-grabbing and thought-provoking installations in Berlin over the past few years. This short documentary from Arte Street Atelier shows a number of their works and explores their motivations. Describing the move from graffiti to the more politically engaged installations they […]


Fuerst Wiacek – Gypsy brewers on the hunt for a home base

It looks like self-proclaimed gypsy brewers Fuerst Wiacek (a partnership between Georg Fuerst and Lukasz Wiacek – see what they did there!) are looking for a more permanent base in Berlin. They posted an appeal on Facebook and Instagram on Sunday for leads on an 800m2 production space. This is exciting news for New England IPA […]


Biererei Bar & Vintage Cellar Has a Canning Plan

Yet again demonstrating his determination to bring the best and freshest beer to Berlin, owner Cihan Caglar will unveil his new Crowler – a machine for sealing cans filled with the foamy goodness of draught beer – on Friday at Biererei Bar & Vintage Cellar. Craft beer fans in Berlin will be familiar with growlers, […]

Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany by Super Bunnyhop on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany

Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany is a short documentary about the personal computer and arcade video game industry in the GDR during the Cold War. As the narrator, Super Bunnyhop, summarises at the end of the video: If you ever need an example of the complicated intersection between politics and entertainment, look no […]

The Awful German Language - Mark Twain quote - I heard a Californian student in Heidelberg say, in one of his calmest moods, that he would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective.

Mark Twain – The Awful German Language

The Awful German Language is an essay by the American author Mark Twain in which he humorously outlines the complexity of the language and the difficulties he encountered while learning it. It is a must-read book for students of the often baffling German language. Twain, most famous for his Huckleberry Finn stories, travelled extensively through […]

Screenshot from Berlin - Symphony of a Great City Screenshot on YouTube

Sunday Documentary: Berlin – Symphony of a Great City

Berlin – Symphony of a Great City, released in 1927, is a classic of the golden age of silent film and a compelling document of life in Berlin in the interwar years. The film is presented as a day in the life of Berlin but Walter Ruttmann edited together footage recorded over the course of […]

Frame from the Train Etiquette GIF from Vincent Kunert of LOLNEIN

Train Etiquette – The Berlin GIFs Edition

One of the major arse-aches of train travel anywhere in the world is the inability of some people to grasp the basics of train etiquette. Almost every train journey involves some form of idiocy, lack of common sense or plain rudeness. I have lots of bugbears when it comes to train etiquette – feet on […]