Discover Germany | Wine & Dine Feature | Switzerland’s Capital of Beer
beer tap in your hotel room. Fancy a visit to the local Museum for Communication but also want to brew some beer using a medieval brewing kettle whilst you’re there? Nothing seems impossible in Bern. Enjoy a glass or two, or three With all the locally brewed beer, it should come as no surprise that there are also socalled beer cafés in the beautiful Swiss city. There is ‘Au Trappiste’, a cosy hot spot for curious minds, who enjoy not just deep conversations after work but also appreciate the large range of national and international craft beers from micro-breweries. At the restaurant ‘Altes Tramdepot’, guests can enjoy a stunning view of Bern’s Old Town whilst also watching how the ‘Tram-Bier’ is brewed – literally right there in a copper brewing kettle. Another gem, the ‘Barbière’, opened its doors in 2014 at the Breitenrainplatz. The craft beers that are brewed at the back of the café are anything but mainstream. Italian coffees and an affordable lunch menu complete the experience. However, the ultimate place to be for any beer lover is without a doubt Bern’s legendary beer bar ‘Erzbierschof’ (‘Archbeershop’) with 13 draught beers, an impressive selection of bottled beer and very knowledgeable staff.
An insight to Bern’s beer culture To really get to know the local beer culture, the beer tours come highly recommended. Experienced beer sommeliers take visitors across the city and explain everything around the golden liquid, from facts and little anecdotes to production, history and flavours. Professional tastings at local breweries and beer bars are of course an essential part of it. Afterwards, you might even be able to finally answer the question of why beer drunk straight from the bottle has a different taste than from a glass. Be fast though, as the tours are very popular and sell out quickly.
ises. The concept is simple: the hosting restaurants cook a five-course meal whilst the beer specialist Pierre Dubler ‘duels’ wine expert Michel Gygax. Which one is a better companion to the served food – wine or beer? You decide. There are plenty of things to do in Bern – not just for beer enthusiasts but also for the entire family. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip to do a beer tasting or a longer holiday exploring Bern’s beautiful region as well, you can be sure to fall in love with Switzerland’s capital of beer.
All that’s left to say is: Santé! Once a month, the special culinary event ‘Beer vs Wine’ delivers exactly what it prom- www.bern.com Taste my Swiss city tour.
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