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Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin – Brewery, Beer Garden and Restaurant

Knusprige Grillhaxe mit Sauerkraut, Senf und Braunbiersemmelknödel (Crispy roasted pork joint with sauerkraut, mustard and brown beer bread dumplings) at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside BerlinThe combination of a large leafy beer garden and menu of hearty comfort food makes Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin ideal in summer and winter alike.

Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

The Forsthaus Templin, the forester’s house near the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin), has served as a restaurant and beer garden since 1834.

In its heyday the beer garden boasted up to 4,000 seats.

In 2002 the current owners bought the Forsthaus Templin, which had been empty for 5 years, and converted it to house their brewery, Braumanufakur Potsdam.

All of the beers produced on site are very good but I would highly recommend trying the Potsdamer Stange, which you can also get at Getränke Hoffmann and Bio stores in Berlin if you can’t make it to Templin.

Knusprige Grillhaxe mit Sauerkraut, Senf und Braunbiersemmelknödel (Crispy roasted pork joint with sauerkraut, mustard and brown beer bread dumplings) at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

Knusprige Grillhaxe mit Sauerkraut, Senf und Braunbiersemmelknödel – Crispy roasted pork joint with sauerkraut, mustard and brown beer bread dumplings

Frisch gebackenes Trebebrot mit Blut- und Leberwurst, Gewürzgurke, Schmalz und Butter (Freshly baked bread, game-ham, game-salami, game-paté, a pickled gherkin and butter) at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

Frisch gebackenes Trebebrot mit Blut- und Leberwurst, Gewürzgurke, Schmalz und Butter – Freshly baked bread, game-ham, game-salami, game-paté, a pickled gherkin and butter

Gemischter Eisbecher mit Bierlikör und Sahne (Selection of ice cream with beer liqueur and whipped cream) at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

Gemischter Eisbecher mit Bierlikör und Sahne – Selection of ice cream with beer liqueur and whipped cream

I first visited the Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin at the height of summer but still couldn’t resist ordering the Grillhaxe, a roasted pork joint that was served with sauerkraut, mustard and brown beer bread dumplings.

The meat itself was succulent and juicy; the crackling, crisp and crunchy; and the combination of flavours and the size of the portion made for a delicious and very satisfying meal.

I was a little surprised that there was a small salad on the plate but this was possibly Steffi’s favourite part of the meal thanks to the dressing.

On that occasion Steffi ordered the freshly baked bread with game-ham, game-salami, game-paté, a pickled gherkin and butter, which she thought was excellent but despite enjoying her meal she still has a serious case of food envy when she saw and tasted my Haxe.

The quality of the ice cream with beer liqueur went some way to making her feel better though.

Sitting on their large terrace under the trees enjoying a cold beer makes Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin idyllic in summer but the hearty food on offer at will be perfect for warding off the cold of the next six or so months. The thought of eating a Sunday roast here makes the knowledge that winter is coming just a little more bearable.

The English Food Menu at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

The English Food Menu at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin

Sülze mit hausgemachter Remouladensauce und Bratkartoffeln (Aspic with homemade remoulade sauce and sautéed potatoes) at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

Sülze mit hausgemachter Remouladensauce und Bratkartoffeln – Aspic with homemade remoulade sauce and sautéed potatoes

Potsdamer Stange, a local beer speciality brewed by Baraumanufaktur Potsdam at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

Goat at Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, a beer garden and restaurant in an old forester's house on the edge of the Templiner See (Lake Templin) outside Berlin

For those visiting with children there is a small petting zoo, with goats, chickens and rabbits and a play area, which has a weird bouncy hill (?) that kids will love.

You can find out more about the Braumanufaktur Forsthaus Templin, including opening times and how to get there from Berlin on their website and keep up to date by liking their Facebook page.

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