If you search online for craft beer bars in Berlin Kaschk is a frequent product. It’s typical of the norm, a sort of Brewdog cum modern British brewery tap room style of bar. Which came first the Chicken or the Egg? Apparently Kaschk opened in September 2014, work it out yourself.
Unlike the bars I’ve featured already Kaschk is beer and coffee only and doesn’t offer food. It does however conform with the locally favoured sitting down drinking arrangement and several groups entered, walked round and after discovering no spare seats just walked out again.
I’ve noticed this trend in the UK, often with European tourists, who gormlessly walk round pubs at busy periods, gurning into every nook and cranny, in the hopeless expectation of a table and chairs to claim their very own. Mind you, there’s a lot of British folk doing the same these days. Personally I’m a stand at the bar man myself.
Everything I’ve read about Kaschk points to a Scandinavian connection here. I didn’t get it myself at first and I couldn’t get ‘Brewdog clone’ out of my mind, right down to the Shuffleboards and the exact same ‘Shuffleboard for the Olympics’ neon sign they have in Shuffledog aka Brewdog North Street in Leeds. The USP here, seems to be the first Shuffleboard tables in Germany, €9/hour before 1800, if you fancy it.
Opening times are excellent, dependant on the day of the week 0800/1000 till 0200/0300. We popped in on a Tuesday evening around 8pm and it was nicely busy, mostly with young local professionals and students. Prices weren’t cheap. We met up with an old mate and his wife, the round for four of us was around €25 a pop.
The Berlin based, Brewers Tribute ‘Irish Style’ Stout (5.5%) was absolutely delightful and even at €7.5/0.5L I had to have two. The local Lennys microbrewery, Weizen (6.5%) was a big hit with my mate Stu and Mrs C. For those interested, a glass of Prosecco for Mrs B made up the rest of the order. Looking at the beer board now, the penny has dropped with the Scandinavian connection.
Overall, quite a pleasant little bar with a bit of a locals feel to it, if not a little expensive.
But where do all the older locals go for a drink? Maybe they go to the local Getrancke and walk round with a can or a bottle in their hand like a lot of people of all ages were doing. Wouldn’t do in the UK would it? Intolerant residents would be clambering for a Public Spaces Protection Order, something that’s been implemented in many areas in the UK, often to combat the Eastern European tradition of drinking in the street and isn’t East Berlin in Eastern Europe anyway?
To be fair, I have to say I never heard a cross word or saw anyone making a nuisance of themselves after drinking in Berlin. Even the rat arsed middle aged couple on the S-Bahn, who’d obviously over indulged on the Glühwein at the Christmas Market were amusing. You might not have said that about a lot of British daytime drinkers who’d over indulged on the Hot Blobs at Yates’ would you?
For potential visitors, my tourist tip would be incorporate this place into an afternoon walk (or tram ride for the lazy) along the line of Torstraße, incorporating Kaschk, Mikkeller and and Berlin Brewdog. For a bit of sightseeing you could incorporate the fascinating Berlin Wall Museum and preserved section of The Wall, at Bernauer Str. Walking from there to Brewdog and back to Kaschk – N.B Mikkeller doesn’t open till 1500 any day of the week.
Kaschk is just off Rosa Luxemburg Platz at Linienstrasse 40, 10119 Berlin.