Pilsner is no doubt a good German beer, but they say you can have too much of good thing. Or so thought three American expats after one too many frustrated years supping on the most bland and ubiquitous of beers in Berlin. As you do, they resolved to open a nano brewery in Wedding and make something with a bit more flavor. To fund it they looked to the powers of the internet and quickly raised the money to become the proud Daddies of Europe’s first crowd-funded brewery.
The names of those initial backers are carved into the doorway of their bar room and the sense of community that got Vagabund started is still palpable today. In fact, it’s usually so rammed that you can’t help but get up close and personal with your drinking neighbors. (There are regular open mics and live radio shows that actively court your participation too). Bonhomie aside though, what about the drink? As delicious as it is varied, this is craft beer heaven. We haven’t the space nor the desire to list all the beers you might encounter and they change weekly at any rate, just know that there are saisons and stouts, smoked ales, and IPA’s—some but not all of which are SMaSHs. And if that doesn’t mean anything to you, well, welcome to Real Beer 101.