Temporarily closed due to renovation work. - The former brewery dates back to the time when Berlin was the largest supplier of beer in Europe.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Berlin had 250 breweries, making it Europe's largest supplier of beer. The centrally located Bötzow brewery goes back 150 years.
Purveyor to His Majesty
It took only a year after opening in 1885 for news of the first-class quality of Bötzow beer to reach Kaiser Wilhelm I. Julius Bötzow was named purveyor to His Majesty and the brewery and its beer garden quickly became a popular destination. The brewery managed to survive economic troubles and partial destruction in the Second World War, only to be shut down in 1949 by the Communist government for use as a food warehouse. After unification, a wholesaler of products from West Germany took over the space.
Awakened from its slumber
After various temporary uses by the creative scene, the former brewery site now has a comprehensive usage plan, providing space for dining, art, and culture. By 2020, the entirety of the listed site will have been renovated for future use. British architect David Chipperfield has created plans to turn Bötzow into a lively centre with cultural and leisure facilities, shops, offices, and lofts.