The fact that drinking habits are changing or have changed for a long time has not escaped my attention either. On my guided tours I like to tell people that Bern is a wine city; the numerous cellars bear witness to this.
But recently, Bern Welcome started offering a beer tour, which is very popular. Now I just wanted to find out what's brewing there and tried the beer tour:
My girlfriend and I were received in the tram depot by Julien.
He is an experienced beer sommelier and you can tell right away - beer is his passion.
Five different kinds of beer, all of them brewed in the tram depot, stand in front of us and we can taste to our heart's content. So that the analysis remains clear, a pretzel is offered in addition. We can also smell and taste the ingredients - hops and malt, which are not lost here. I like the light one best. https://www.altestramdepot.ch/de/essen-trinken
Further on we return to the old town to two small beer bars in the Rathausgasse.
In the beer cellar of the "OnTap Craft-Gallery" Julien tells us about top and bottom fermentation and about lager and mushroom. I have been here several times for the fine flambeau cake and I have been advised which beer to try. You have a nice selection of international beers here. http://www.ontapbern.ch/
Our next stop is the beer café "Au Trappiste“. Also here we are served very different beers. This makes it really exciting and I also learn what a Trappist beer is: "A Trappist beer must be brewed (1) within the monastery walls (2) under the supervision of the Trappist monks. In addition (3) no profits may be made from the production of beer, but only the costs of living in the monastery may be covered - additional proceeds go to charity".
The "Au Trappiste" also donates a part to charity. http://www.autrappiste.ch/
To the last beer station we take the tram into the Breitsch to the "Barbière". The owners of the bar enjoy brewing and in the micro-brewery in the back of the pub they brew beers that they like to drink themselves and always like to try something new.
Again we are served different kinds, one is quite sour and one tastes almost like coffee. https://www.barbiere-bern.ch/
For me the tour was a real beer discovery - not a beer idea! Also recommended for Modis. CHEERS! https://www.bern.com/de/detail/berner-biertour
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