Attractions worth the entrance fee #1: Beck’s Brewery Tour, Bremen, Germany

Attractions worth the entrance fee #1: Beck’s Brewery Tour, Bremen, Germany

When you are on a break with limited time it’s always good news when the city’s star attraction is but a five minute walk from the centre. Bremen is a cracking place for a city break and the Beck’s Brewery Tour is certainly not to be missed. Tours are regularly run in English and very popular. I always find it embarrassing when guides have a better English vocabulary that the paying guests from Blighty. At less than 12€ per person the tour represents excellent value for money. You can book a place via the ultra-helpful Tourist Information Centre on Langenstrasse.
Becks Green Lemon

Turning up the required 20 minutes or so before the allocated tour time gives you a few minutes to explore the welcoming reception area. You can also take the obligatory saucy postcard photo. See the rather fetching bearded lady in the example below.

Txiki Stu at Becks

The tour itself

Once you are adorned with the requisite tabard, the tour begins with an interesting couple of films describing the history of the Beck’s and Haake brands and how they have grown to be some of the most popular lagers in Europe and beyond. It is at this point you realise that there is so much more to Beck’s than the Standard, Vier and non-alcoholic Blue varieties found on UK supermarket shelves.

Becks brewery, Bremen

The tour itself takes you through the entire brewing process – the smells are amazing and the sheer scale of the operation is a sight to behold. The guides are absolutely spot on with the right mix of facts and humour, constantly quizzing guests on their knowledge of beer and the brewing process. I did rather well which is no doubt down to a particularly misspent youth/early adulthood…actually I suspect that most of my life has been misspent!

Unfortunately you can’t take photos on the tour itself – these are limited to the reception area and the intriguingly titled ‘Guest Room.’

The Guest Room

As with most brewery tours, the real fun and games begin at the end of the tour when you are introduced to the ‘Tap Room.’ In truth, it’s probably the part of the visit that most have the punters actually part their cash for and in the case of the Beck’s tour this is no exception. The Guest Room in question is huge and modern but welcoming and provides a great setting for what is about 45 minutes of quality quaffing.

Mr T sampling beer and pretzels in the Guest Room at Beck's Brewery Txiki Stu sampling beer and pretzels in the Guest Room at Beck's Brewery

The tour price includes three drinks that can be chosen from the entire Anheuser-Busch InBev range (correct amalgamated brewery Group name at time of going to press!). In addition to the usual brands there were a number of Beck’s own brews including one cheeky little number checking in at around 6.5% and aimed particularly at fans of Werder Bremen!

As the beer flowed and the mountain of complimentary pretzels subsided Mr T and I made friends with a group of visitors from Finland.  I’m sure that there was an amusing anecdote about this meeting, but the evening to follow in the legendary and rather edgy Viertel area (literally quarter) would go on to impair my ability to recall anything of note save the odd outburst of ‘Sami Hyypia’ and ‘Jari Litmanen’!

A tasting challenge rounded off the proceedings and then we headed down to what I must say is a very reasonably priced gift shop. I bagged a couple of sturdy glass beer mugs for about 4€ each.

Delighted with our 12€ and two hour investment we made our way back to the city centre via the Schlachte’s Bodega del Puerto…and a couple of very different, happy-hour drinks…

 

Cocktails in Bodega del Puerto, Bremen
Cocktails in Bodega del Puerto, Bremen

 

Cocktails in Bodega del Puerto, Bremen

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