Willner Brauerei Berlin
Between Prenzlauer Berg and its neighbor district Pankow you can spot a lot of fascinating battered buildings that are a hot spot of creativity. For example former brewery Willner Brauerei. Beer brewer Emil Willner created this brewery with remarkable red and yellow stones around 1860. For a long time wheat beers came rattling out of this plant. Until 1990 when the place was abandoned. Recently this Sleeping Beaty has woken up again and she bursts with creativity.
WBB Bursts with creativity
About a year ago creative people started WBB Willner Brauerei Berlin on the premises of the former brewery. Not to make beers again, but to create art, jewelry and light sculptures. They were quite adventurous. There were no working toilets, nor heating, telephone or internet. The place looked, well, battered. And in chilly Berlin it’s no fun to stay in a unheated place in winter, no matter how creative you are. But the illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, light artists and pizza makers persisted like true pioneers. They made it livable again, dug dirt away and created a nice Berlin beergarden: Emils Biergarten, named after the Beer pioneer.
Emils Biergarten: Christmas Market
In the summer time you can also watch movies at the Freie Luft Kino at WBB (open air cinema). This Christmas there is a small Christmas Market too, from 13-15 December. If you can’t get enough of Berlin beers, they do Beer history tours as well to show you where those yummy Berlin wheat beers were created, decades ago.
Klub der Republik at WBB
In 2014 WBB not only becomes more creative, but ‘geiler’ as well, as Germans like to say. Klub der Republik, a club in East-Berlin style with retro furniture, opens its doors . After being closed at Prenzels Pappelallee, that is great news for the party people who liked to dance at the district’s ‘Tanzkneipe’ (a mixture between a local cafe and a party/dance place) in Prenzlauer Berg.