The journey
so far

Three Americans travel across the Atlantic, bond over music and beer in Berlin and form a band. The band didn’t make it, but its spirit of creativity and improvisation left behind it a back-catalog of beers that formed the early Vagabund Brauerei discography.

Three Americans travel across the Atlantic, bond over music and beer in Berlin and form a band. The band didn’t make it, but its spirit of creativity and improvisation left behind it a back-catalog of beers that formed the early Vagabund Brauerei discography.

2009-2011Homebrew

The Great Thirst

Berlin 2009, and it’s hard to be inspired in a city of industrial Pilsner.
Matt Walthall, David Spengler and Tom Crozier’s band rehearsals are lacking something. Something liquid - something exciting. Where are the Pale Ales, IPAs, Stouts and Porters? Beer in Berlin is limited to thousands of Pilsners - all the same, but with different names.
Not wanting to be pigeon-holed - in both music and in beer - into one single style or genre, the band turn to homebrewing. Matt’s kitchen is quickly converted into a makeshift brewery and, after a few attempts, their American Pale Ale recipe is born.
Released in 2009, their Pale Ale quickly gains more fans and recognition than their music. Soon after, the band goes on permanent hiatus. Vagabund Brauerei is founded in 2011.
2012-2013Nanobrew

200 Vagabund Supporters Can’t Be Wrong

With a little help from their friends, the doors of the Vagabund Brauerei Taproom open in July 2013.
200 friends, to be exact - Vagabund fans who collectively raised €22,000 through a Crowdfunding campaign (the first successful one of its kind for a German craft brewery, in fact, and we are still eternally grateful to them all).
This cash injection enables Matt, David and Tom to rent a space in Berlin-Wedding and begin renovations on their future Taproom, purchasing fermentation tanks, pumps, taps... everything they need to begin a larger scale of brewing.
Keeping costs low, they take on a lot of the work on their own, designing and building their first bar and brew system themselves.
2013-2016Nanobrew

Acclaimed Debut

Since opening, Vagabund Brauerei has become a multi-award winning craft beer brewery - consistently listed among the best breweries and taprooms in Germany and winner of Ratebeer’s Best Brewpub in Berlin and Germany for seven years in a row.
Vagabund’s lineup has grown significantly - both in size and experience. In 2015, our brewmaster, Erik Mell, joined the team, bringing all the technical know-how and a much-needed boost of creativity along with him.
Having since brewed more than 150 styles of beer - from Belgian Ales to Double IPAs, Stouts to Berliner Weiße, it’s a far cry from the early days when Tom, Matt and David would work as teachers by day, tend bar by night and only brew beers on the Mondays Matt didn't have to teach.
However, capable of only producing about 200 liters in a single batch, our famous Taproom’s nano-brewery is struggling to keep up with demand.
It’s time Vagabund Brauerei found its second location.
2016-2020Nanobrew

Difficult Second Album

By chance, Matt stumbles across the former Bergmann Electricitäts-Werke - the site of Germany’s first light bulb factory - in the Osram Höfe in Wedding, just a short walk from the Taproom.
Huge, imposing, powerfully beautiful, it’s also terrifically run-down, having lain abandoned for two decades. Still, there’s potential, he thought. It looked like a brewery.
It wasn’t not built like one, though. With multiple floors - and while, historically, breweries were often built with multiple floors, modern breweries are all built on one single floor - it would be a challenge.
But taking the easy path would be boring. It wouldn’t be very Vagabund.
So began the task of converting this historic building into a modern brewery from scratch - our biggest, highest-stakes adventure yet.
2020-Microbrew

Hit the road

Production begins at Vagabund Brauerei’s new brewhouse: the Kesselhaus.
The Kesselhaus is big - 1600 square meters big and with 12 meter-high ceilings - and is capable of producing 15x more beer than the Taproom, enabling us to set our sights on sharing our Vagabund beers with many more craft beer fans around Germany and beyond.
Not content as a simple brewery, the Kesselhaus is also a bar, beer garden and event space, allowing guests up close and personal to the production of our beers - something that’s been part of the Vagabund ethos from the very beginning and continues on.
Soft openings of the Kesselhaus beer garden began throughout 2020 and the official opening came in September 2021.
With both the Kesselhaus and the Taproom, Vagabund Brauerei has firmly established itself in Berlin-Wedding - our roots, our home, our launchpad for wherever we go next. For us Vagabunds, all roads lead back to Wedding.