Wherever beer flows, a brewpub cannot be far. This also goes for Cologne. The Cologne brewpub scene is a cult of its own. Even if you only visit the city for a few days, you should definitely take a detour into one of the numerous brewery pubs. The lively atmosphere immediately sucks every Cologne newcomer into its wake. Kölsch flows endlessly here and is distributed by the “Köbes” – a sort of waiter in the loosest sense, who “reigns” the brewpub with his usually somewhat bold attitude. His most important utensil is the “Kranz” (engl. “wreath”). With this loaded artillery, he provides constant Kölsch replenishment – until the beer coaster lies atop the glass…or its drinker under the table.
Thanks to hearty specialties, no one has to go hungry at the Cologne brewpubs. Whether “Rheinischer Sauerbraten”, “Schweinshaxe”, “Himmel un Äd” or “Halver Hahn” – though some of these creations may take a little getting used to for non-Cologners, there is surely something here for everyone.
As a CBS student, there’s no getting around a visit to a brewpub. Whether with a project group or as a course field trip, the brewpub is a highly appreciated intermezzo. Our international students also visit one of these popular establishments to get a taste of Cologne life right away during orientation week.