American Matt Walthall, a founding partner of Berlin's Vagabund Brewery, sips one of their local brews at the Vagabund bar on July 11, 2014 - AFP
Amber revolution wants to return flavour and diversity to German beers.
In the capital of Germany, a land of beer-lovers, young craft brewers are taking on the mass market, promising to put flavour and diversity back into the national beverage.
Upstart micro-brewers have popped up in trendy Berlin neighbourhoods, producing flavours that rebel against the uniformity of the major brands crowding supermarket shelves.
The new amber revolution aims to go back to basics and revive a once-rich beer tradition in Germany and its former and present capital city, which a century ago boasted 95 breweries.
Pictures of the still-popular grand old labels – Berliner Kindl, Schultheiss, Berliner Pilsner – adorn the façades of 19th century brick buildings that survived World War II.
But the scent of hops has long since disappeared from them, as the neo-Gothic architectural marvels have been transformed into cultural centres, design studios, lofts and luxury apartments.