Whether you want to try your hand at brewing beer or simply sample fine wines, Bremen has something for every connoisseur.
By the late Middle Ages, the trading post of Bremen was already importing beer and wine from all over the world. The city's grand Ratskeller in particular looks back on a long-standing love affair with fine wines. The cellar masters first started serving wine here back in 1409. And beer has been brewed on the Weser since the twelfth century. Why not embrace the tradition with a wine tasting in UNESCO World Heritage surroundings? Or perhaps you'd rather roll up your sleeves and brew your own beer? In Bremen, you can!
Beer is a topic that appears in the Bremen blog time and time again:
Rike tours the beer gardens away from the Weser, while Ingrid discovers the beer gardens on the Weser. A tip for sun-worshippers: the Schlachte is one of the best places in town to soak up the rays. And the sunsets here aren't bad either! Where else could you take your pick of over 2,000 outdoor seats in the heart of a city and relax by the water in full sun or tree-dappled shade?
The blog also shines a light on Bremen's craft beer scene, including personal recommendations for 13 bars in Bremen. The list covers all kinds of bar, except the pretentious kind!
Of course, we can't talk beer without mentioning Bremen's most famous brew: Beck's. Our film team wasted no time getting started on a short taster of the tour. Speaking of Beck's, Meike has an extra tip for the perfect sundowner:
"What could possibly be better than sitting on the top deck of the Alex, sipping a cold Beck's and watching the sun go down? Having travelled the world, the lovingly restored tall ship is back in its home town of Bremen. I was certainly impressed with what I found! The nautical setting creates a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Hear tales of the ship's Cape Horn adventures and, if you're lucky, you might just meet the former captain while you're on board. For the full experience, I'd recommend a stay in the ship's eight-berth cabin, or 'puma cage' as it is affectionately known!"
There's more to Bremen than beer
The Ratskeller is home to a seemingly endless supply of German wine. The wine cellar is part of the town hall UNESCO World Heritage site, and exudes an air of history. Rike had a great time investigating the city's cocktail bars and discovering the world of whiskies. Maike goes in search of the best ever gin, but does she find it? Blogging in Bremen – it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!
And if all this talk of alcohol leaves you wanting something softer and more wholesome, you can get your vitamin fix from a juice bar.
Or if you prefer to cool down with a refreshing ice cream, check out the 'sweet and cooling' section
Craft beer festival
Beer festival at the Union Brewery in Walle. Work your way through the offerings from a wide range of small-scale breweries. There's everything from IPAs to porters, as well as lots of delicious street food.
Beer festival at the Kuhhirte
The live music really brings out the full flavour of the different beers on offer here. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a novice, you'll find something to suit.
Rhineland-Palatinate Summer of Wine
Find your favourite tipple at this festival in the heart of the city, near Wallanlangen Park. Fifteen vineyards from the Moselle, Nahe, Rheinhessen and Palatinate wine regions will be represented.
Craft beer event at the Fisch & Feines fair
A food and drink expo with everything from fish to coffee. The craft beer event takes place inside one of the halls.
Bottle market at the Christmas & More fair
A market devoted to all things whisky, including whiskies from every corner of the globe, as well as British and Irish food and lifestyle products.
Dinner with beer on the „Alexander von Humboldt“ (also available for groups)
Distinctive green sails and ice cold beer – the history of this great ship is inextricably linked with the history of beer. Good times are guaranteed aboard the Alex.
Union Brewery tour (also available for groups)
This expert-led tour takes in the mash house (extensively restored in 2015), as well as the fermentation tanks, storage tanks and the on-site bottling facility. There's also a covered brewery garden and a beer workshop.
Union Brewery beer seminar (also available for groups)
This behind-the-scenes experience at the craft brewery provides a fascinating insight into the world of beer, in particular the BREMER Craft Bier range – which are 100% made and bottled in Bremen.
Beck & Co brewery tour
This tour provides a wealth of fascinating information about the brewery, the art of brewing and the Beck's and Haake-Beck brands.
Becks und Haake-Beck exclusive tour - for groups
The tour takes you through the Beck's beer museum, the ingredients store and the mash house, and past malt silos and fermentation and storage tanks. You even get to glimpse inside the laboratory.
Beer and brewing in Bremen
An entertaining and varied day out in Bremen, the home of the Town Musicians.
Brewer's party with evening meal - for groups
A night of music and merriment with a hearty brewer's feast inside Bremen's oldest brewery tavern.
Guided tour of the Ratskeller (for groups)
Bremen's famous Ratskeller is over 600 years old and boasts the largest collection of German wines.
Piekfeine Brände distillery tour (for groups)
Lassen Sie sich von der Brennerin Birgitta Schulze van Loon durch ihre gläserne Manufaktur führen. Dabei wird Ihnen der Weg des Obstbrandes von der Frucht bis zum fertigen Destillat erklärt.
Pub tour - for groups
Locker und leger - eine Stadtführung, die eigentlich keine ist, sondern eher ein Kneipenbummel mit fachkundiger Begleitung.