- Written by: Jason Baxter
- Category: Beer Tourism outside Belgium
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We arrived midday Monday in a damp and cold Hamburg, so after checking into our hotel we hopped in a taxi and made our way to the main Rathausmarkt for our first experience of a true German Christmas market.
This large market located in front of the town hall was filled with festive food stalls, the obvious thing was to order a couple of Mulled Wine (served in Hamburg Christmas market mugs which we kept) and a delicious Bratwurst (fresh and crisp and good value at 5€) with our Anna trying her first proper curry wurst.
After exploring the market and surrounding streets we decided it was time for something warm to eat (and a beer) so visited the nearby Muncher Hofbrauhaus, a massive Bavarian restaurant filled with wooden tables and set over 2 massive floors - food was traditional German and our Anna ordered Curry Wurst and me a Paprika Schnitzel, my Schnitzel lovely and crispy.
Heading back to our hotel we first paid a visit to Beyond Beer, a one room bottle shop filled with shelves and fridges full of bottles and cans with a small bar towards the rear with 5 beers on tap.
My first order was a delicious Harvester of Sorrow, an 8.4% NEIPA from German brewery Sudden Death.
Next was a bonkers fruit sour from ÂRPUS before finishing with an Omnipollo Three Times Three - an amazing 10% TIPA.
After Linda and Anna picked me some special beers we made our way back to our hotel (luckily just around the corner) for a wheat beer at the bar before retiring early.
Following a peaceful night's sleep in the biggest bed we've ever been in we awoke to a cold but dry Tuesday, so downstairs for a wonderful breakfast (absolutely loads to choose from) and so with bellies well and truly filled we decided to head into town.
Seeing as our hotel was slap bang between two train stations (Schlump and Christuskirche) and either just a 2 minute walk away we bit the bullet and rode the underground towards the town hall.
The day was filled with visiting the various markets around the town hall, coffee shops and supermarkets.
Gluhbier - boozy cherries
Heading back to our hotel to unpack first it was a quick detour to Beyond Beer for a bottle or two - any bottle or can can be drank inside for just 1€ extra.
That evening w decided to visit a few bars in the St Pauli area of town, starting at Craft Beer Bar and an Ocean-man Submerged, a NEIPA from Sudden Death (pure tropical pineapple) before finishing with a crisp German pilsner.
Next bar was Brewdog Hamburg and of all the bars we visited in Hamburg this was the biggest letdown - design wise it had that typical Brewdog layout but the tap list was completely uninspiring and as for the beer fridge...the worst we've seen, just row after row of what seemed like supermarket cans.
An enjoyable couple of hours were spent at the fairground before another bar, Goat Bar a brewery owned bar.
A Baby Baby Goat Goat DIPA was enjoyed so much a couple of cans were purchased.
After that it was a train back home as an enjoyable day 2 came to a close.
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