Inspiring, evolutionary, inventive
Schankhalle Pfefferberg then and now
Joseph Pfeffer, a Bavarian brewmaster who gave the Pfefferberg its name, opened the first beer taproom on the site in 1844. The operation quickly expanded to become a full-scale brewery and a popular spot for Berlin's nightlife scene. Schankhalle Pfefferberg was added in 1893.
The subsequent history of the site is extremely diverse. It served as a bakery and later as a chocolate factory. Even the "Neues Deutschland" daily newspaper was once printed here. But the war-damaged taproom remained a shadowy ruin for many years. The site was used as a garage and storage facility ... until it was rebuilt in 2013 and resumed its role as a brewery.
People born in Prenzlauer Berg may turn up their noses at Prenzlbergers, just as Prenzlbergers turn up their noses at Prenzlingers. But one thing that remains unchanged is the neighbourhood's constant state of change. It's legendary reputation dates back to times that have long since passed, because dancing until dawn is no longer very common in this part of Berlin.
But why do whole segments of the population return to the neighbourhood again and again – from hip Swabians to latte macchiato fanatics, helicopter parents and Bionade brigades? Because the spirited district, with its market squares and parks, tree-lined streets and old buildings, studios, cafés and pubs, is simply an attractive place to live.
Schankhalle Pfefferberg is an inclusive business. This means that people with and without impairments work together here as a team: in the brew pub and brewery, in the Pfefferberg Theatre and in all other areas.
The Schankhalle belongs to VIA, which is supported by the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs.
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