Bern craft beer culture revealed Local craft beer is on the rise in Bern.

The love of artisan brewed beer, or craft beer, is particularly strong in Bern: 176 breweries and microbreweries are registered here, more than anywhere else in Switzerland. Fermenting and brewing happens everywhere in this lovely city, including basements, garages, even in laundries.


For first time visitors Bern certainly appears as an impressive, peaceful and charming city.


It may take some time for you to discover Bern's understated hip-ness, but we have some excellent tips that will reveal Bern as the locals see it.


The best spots for enjoying a craft beer in Bern

These are some of the locals' favourite places to enjoy an excellent beer straight from the tap:

Altes Tramdepot: smack in the Old center of Bern, with gorgeous views on the Aare, this place is all about beer and you can quickly see that from the huge copper vats placed in the center of the restaurant.

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Barbière: one of the trendiest pubs in a very hip neighbourhood, Breitsch (the Bernese short version of Breitenrein). 

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Barbière has its own microbrewery and produces high-quality special beers and ales with influences from the Belgian, English and American brewing cultures.


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In Lorraine, the artsy neighborhood, you will find Café Kairo.

This culture hotspot with cult status includes offerings from small Swiss specialty breweries.

Photo: © Bern Welcome


And because choosing our top three was incredibly difficult, here are 10 more ultra-hip places in Bern for everyone who loves a good craft beer.

Thirsty for knowledge?

11 facts and anecdotes you should know about Bern craft beer

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Bern craft beer history is nothing short of exciting. Would you like to know who started the beer brewing culture in Bern? Or who are the pioneers in the Bernese craft beer scene?

This is a smart and funny read that will reveal all about it.

And if you want right now is a nice bottle of cold freshly brewed beer, we would not only understand, but we might just have what you need.

Drumroll, please!

The Bernese Beer Tour 

The Bernese Beer Tour is one of the coolest tours that will reveal Bern's craft beer hotspots.

Why does beer from the bottle taste different than beer from the glass? The answer to this and many other questions can be found on the beer tour – and not only in theory: at four locations, two restaurant breweries and two select beer bars in Bern's Old City, you will learn everything about beer and the process of brewing.

Naturally, a professional beer tasting of 14 different beers (1 dl each) is part of the programme.

Photo: © Bern Welcome


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