von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…

Superfood for super powers: a breakfast lover’s life in Hamburg

I meet Tobias and Sascha, co-founders of Seedheart – a superfood mixture – at cafe Kopiba in Sternschanze for an afternoon coffee. Tobias drinks a cappuccino with regular milk: an unexpected habit for someone promoting superfood. “I have my vegan days, but I still enjoy a good coffee with cow milk”, he says. Sascha is…

Cooking from scratch: a chef’s life in Hamburg

Never talk to a chef when you’re hungry. I learnt this lesson the hard way when I met Benjamin Heins, executive chef at WERFT Craft Food & Cocktails, located at the INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen hotel. When we shake hands, I notice a black glove on his right hand.

Too much cake is never enough

Ines Pfisterer From Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany 5 years in Hamburg http://www.schneewittchenhamburg.de Who is Schneewittchen, and what does she say to cake-traditionalists? Schneewittchen is my artist name. When I decided to bake vegan cakes, I looked for a symbol that best represents me and my sweet little treats. People always told me I have similarities with Schneewittchen…

The world in a glass

Stephanie Döring From Münster 7 years in Hamburg Sommelier tvino.de   What do you think about so-called “wine etiquette”? I have a very clear position on wine: there is no “right” and “wrong”. The key is your taste – beyond the story of the product. No other beverage has such a long cultural history as…

Focaccia, the grandmother of pizza

Koral Elci From Turkey 15 years in Hamburg   Tell us about Focacceria Bonassola: what kind of place is it? Focacceria Bonassola is the only place to be in Hamburg if you love Italian Focaccia and Aperitivo. We have a huge range of people from Genova who say that our focacccia tastes like at home…

Nourish yourself

Lars Bülhof From Halten Am See 6 years in Hamburg Food scientist and activist Ze Kitchen Hi Lars! What kind of activist are you? What are your ideals and how do you strive for them? I am a food activist, concentrating on science, health and the environment, all the while changing the world for the…

Real women brew beer

Kathy Gabel From Cadenberge, Germany 10 years in Hamburg Co-founder at Besserbrauer Hi Kathy, we heard you’re addicted to craft beer. But you’re a woman! Please explain. I’m addicted BECAUSE I am a woman! Back in the day, brewing beer was a traditional women’s job and craft beer is much tastier than your average supermarket…

My whole life has been dominated by beer

Daniel “Danny” Herderich From Nuremberg, Franconia 6 years in Hamburg Store Manager Craft Beer Store   So many beers! Are they all for you? Yes and no! This picture was taken at the Senatsbock Release at the Eiskeller in Altona and I fetched some beers for my Craft Beer Store Team. But I think I had this amount on the whole…

In the beginning, God created the ovens

Cristián Mauricio Orellana Muñoz From Talca, Chile Almost 7 years in Hamburg Chef First things first. Why did you decide to leave Chile? After cooking school and some time working as a chef in Santiago, I broke up with my girlfriend and decided to move to Madrid. I decided to come to Europe because I…

If I have fun at work, nothing can stop me

Jana Selina Anna Tayo Lissack From Hamburg and Málaga (Spain) Four years in Hamburg Pirate at Pyrates Bar You look like a pirate. Do you feel like a real pirate, Jana? I’ve got pretty international roots. After being born in Hamburg, I moved to Málaga in Spain. After that, I lived in Namibia, Trinidad & Tobago,…