Microbrauerei Barkowsky - Marcus Bräu


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store

Münzstraße 1-3
Berlin, 10178

(49) 030 / 2 47 69 85 | map

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Added by paulyrimz on 03-14-2006

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of jund3960
1.91/5  rDev -41.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5

Nice place, cute decorated but I was realy disappointed.

The service is deplorable, about 8 minutes to bring us the two beers we have ordered at the bar.

The beer is not realy tasty. I had a dunkel.
Not enough hop, not enough co2, not enough foam.
Too much malt and candy sugar taste.

I wanted to spoke to the brewer and he wasn´t very sympathic.
Because I brew at home, I wanted to spoke whith him about beers and brewery.
He looked at me like i was shit
He said he didn´t want ("I have no time" but i´m sure it was lie) to speak whith me about which malt or hops he use.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Strange little place really.

The decor is a mix of old photographs, old adverts, old radios and old type writers. Candles on every table (most rickerty) and a brick wall with a fake roof over it to break the room up a bit.

They only had two beers on when we visited, a Pils and a Dunkel, both brewed on site. I had both becuase I liked the place, the beers were not great however, cloudy and moody with not a lot of taste.

The place had a few others sat around, two pairs of other Brits some Germans and a party of Japanese (I think). The food looked good and the Haxe Special (mentioned in an earlier review) is now Euro 8.88 with a 1/2 Litre of beer (Jan 2009).

Pleasant place to spend an hour or two, the beers are not that interesting, but the ornaments and bric-a-brac help to make it worth finding.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The main entry off the street has the bar with a hightop table or two. Main room to the left is decorated with beer/drinking whatnot. All visible from the street. A nice combination of old wood, high tables and low seating.

We did not eat here, just had a few beers. A nice central location between Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz. Unfortunately the quality of the beer was a bit off. Pils had nice body and hop, but was a little buttery. Dunkels was a little sweet, with a little roast, but also had butter/diaceytl. Very much like Sprecher Black Bavarian for comparison of those from the Chicago area.

Easy to find, and not too far out of the way for those already venturing to Lemkes/Westephaner at Hackecsher Market or Georgesbrau/Zum Nussbaum in Nicolai Vertel. (All three easily covered by foot)

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Photo of elmocoso
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is a nice little brewpub not far from Alexanderplatz S and U bahn station.

There is some very small brewing equipment right inside the door and a sign claiming to be "Berlin's smallest brewpub". I wouldn't be surprised if it was all of Germany's.
The atmosphere here is real homey and friendly. Just the place, though it looses points due to the very bad air/smoke ratio. All of Berlin is bad in that regard, but this place seems to be exceptionally bad.


I've since been back many times to this place and in the last month or so the beer has turned exceptionally bad. DMS and Diacetyl galore. They have even brought in a "guest" beer, and my guess is it is to help keep custumers.

The beer might turnaround again, but just be warned. Still a good deal for the Haxe special and a nice cozy place.
The beers were all solid. Try the unfiltered pils.
As for the prices and food, I will just say that for a special that night they had a Haxe with a 1/2 liter for 7.77. Great food and great price. If you are in the area, and even if not, you should hit this place up.

BONUS: it is one block from Brauhaus mitte, so if one or the other doesn't suite you right, just haul your whiny ass over to the other one.

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Photo of paulyrimz
4.59/5  rDev +40.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I randomly stumbled upon this place on my latest trip to Berlin. Boy, I am so glad I did! I was staying in Circus Hostel at Rosa-Luxembourg Platz, a couple blocks northwest of Alexanderplatz. While trying to find the hostel, a saw a place called "Marcus Bräu," with brew kettles and brewer equipment set up in the shop windows. I knew I had to check this place out. Once you get past the brew equipment, the bar is on your right, and several tables are set up where several old german men have a brew while they read the paper. I knew I was in the right place. There was also another room to my left as I walked in, that looked to be some kind of dining room. Unfortunately, I never got to try any of their food.

With my backpack still on and with my poor german skills, I said "eine bier bitte." He said a bunch of stuff I didn't understand then eventually poured me a lager of some kind. I tasted it, and I thought it was a lager, very crisp and fresh, but with a great german hops presense. Amazing. I also tried their dunkel, equally amazing. I remember people telling me I would find good beer in Berlin, that it was a beer wasteland. This place sure proves that theory wrong. I find out that they have three beers on tap, a filtered pilsner, and unfiltered pilsner, and a dunkel as well as several specialties in bottles. The beers were so fresh brewed with quality ingredients. They were typical of the german styles yet they were artistically crafted.

I wanted to ask what kind of malts and hops they used, but my german is so bad, and none of them spoke english. At one point I realised that the man serving me was most likely the brew master so I asked him, "Du ist zie brauerei...herren?" "Ja," he replied. I asked him about the "hopfen" and he pulled out a huge bag of hop pellets and let me smell them. Didn't catch the name though, or which beers he used them in.

Bottomline is that this place needs to be explored by other BAs (preferrable someone who speaks a little german). I enjoyed some of the tastiest beers on my entire trip to Germany when I stumbled upon this little place called Marcus Brau. If you are ever in Alexanderplatz, head a block or two northwest, and you're sure to find a good brew.

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Microbrauerei Barkowsky - Marcus Bräu in Berlin, Germany
2.88 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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