Is there a better party than a Protokoll birthday party? Saturday’s 2nd birthday celebration had all the good things: good beer, good company, good vibes – it doesn’t get much better than this.
Vadim from Russian beer wizards and hop slingers (and partners in the tap room) Zagovor was there and the brewery was well represented on the tap list. There was a new double dry-hopped version of Blast Beat; Decontrol, a beautiful 9.6% Imperial Porter; and a banging Maple & Caramel Imperial stout called Algorithm, a beast at 12.5% but smooth as silk. And of course, there was Protocol of Haze, their Protokoll collab and the bar’s house beer.
When we rocked up at 4 in the afternoon we were delighted to snag our favourite seats at the bar but the place was absolutely buzzing by the time the sun went down.
By then we’d scoffed our way through burgers and fries from Tommi’s Burger Joint, sampled several impeccable lambics from Guezestekerij De Cam, courtesy of owner Vadim, drunk some Mikkeller marvels that Felipe, Marc and Konrad brought along and toasted the occasion with numerous beer shots and rounds of ‘Happy Birthday’.
Tattoo artists from neighbours Nuclearabbit were on hand to provide more permanent reminders of the evening.
When I woke up on Sunday my face ached from smiling so much and my head was a little sore too – big thanks to Vadim, Yvonne, Ben, Rachel and Michel and everyone there who made it such a special afternoon and evening.
My advice: mark your diary now for the next Protokoll birthday in July 2020 but don’t wait until then to drink great beer with great people – head on over to Friedrichshain and show these guys and girls some love.