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Best Breweries in Cologne

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This collection features some of the best breweries in Cologne. While visiting these breweries, you can learn all about the different brewing techniques and also try different types of beer.

Päffgen Brauhaus

The Päffgen has been selling good Kölsch since 1883 and for that reason alone you should visit at least once. The beer made by Cologne's smallest brewery is only served there and in virtually no other bar. Find traditional dishes and typical brewery atmosphere in this German establishment. With excellent cuisine and beer, the Päffgen is a good choice of venue for sampling Kölsch.

Friesenstraße 64, Cologne, Germany, 50670

Opened in 2002 by Dusseldorf transplant Peter Esser Braustelle continues to flaunt its reputation as Cologne's smallest brewing operation, ironically with the biggest selection. Germany's only "appellation controlee" beer Kolsch is fiercely proud of its singularity and as a result, its approximate 25 breweries produce little else. Historic rivalry with Dusseldorf has seen to a virtual embargo of Germany's other exotic Rhineland ale Altbier, with locals saying that even trying to order the darker heavier brew can pass for fighting words. Thankfully the connoisseur in Cologne has Braustelle. Pouring an aggressive Kolsch, a fruity Weizen, and Cologne's only Altbier, Braustelle clearly pushes the brewing envelope in a city not given to deviation. With a rotating seasonal on tap and several strong assertive beers (a Tripplebock, among others) available to go in champagne magnums, the last thing Braustelle feels is small. Brewery tours can be arranged.

Christianstrasse 2, Cologne, Germany, 50825

Definitely worth a visit is Malzmuhle, at Heumarkt in the Altstadt. Founded in 1858, this Brauhaus serves tasty Muhlen-Kolsch beer. You cal also learn about the entire process of production from malting, crushing, maceration, etc. when you come to this place. Former guests include American President Bill Clinton. There is a restaurant as well that serves traditional fare that is heavy on the meat; you can order a whole pig's foot without anyone looking at you funny.

Heumarkt 6, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Brauhaus Sion

Brauhaus Sion is something special. They've been brewing Kölsch beer at this site since 1318 more popularly referred to as "Kölsch from the barrel". The building has changed over the years but the place retains its unique charm. There is room for over 600 people at this attractive brauhause, right in the heart of Altstadt. In summer there is also seating outside. The service is usually rather friendly. You can also enjoy some hearty, traditional Kölsch Brauhaus food. Politicians and other prominent figures can often be spotted here.

Unter Taschenmacher 5-7, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Brauhaus Em Kölsche Boor

As one of the oldest breweries in Colonge, you can take a peak back in time at Brauhaus Em Kölsche Boor. Its quaint charm has a back-in-the-day feel and you can eat traditional, fresh Cologna style dishes. On top of it all, you can sample beers that have been brewed onsite. While the area is seeing an influx of modern restaurants and bars, Brauhaus Em Kölsche Boor strives to preserve the traditions and culture that have made this place so special for over seven generations. The brew house also features a party service that can accommodate private events.

Eigelstein 121, Cologne, Germany, 50668
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