1. Germany
  2. North Rhine-Westphalia
  3. Cologne

Cologne: Secrets of Kölsch Brew House Tour

Product ID: 7139
Hops and malt, may God preserve thee. "Kölsch" is the only language you can also drink! Take a tour through four brew houses, and learn what a real Kölsch has to have to be worthy of the name.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Fun and unforgettable brew house tour including beer in Cologne
  • Try a few different kinds of Kölsch, as well as an herbal liqueur
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Hops and malt, God bless thee! "Kölsch" is the only language you can also drink! The authentic enjoyment of Kölsch isn't just about getting a buzz, but rather about making a fun round through the brew houses with friendly companions.

Cologne’s favorite drink is known to be delicious! Since the Kölsch Convention of 1986, Kölsch has been precisely defined: what it is, where it is brewed, and from what sort vessel it is drunk. Since recently, Kölsch is also protected across Europe as a regional specialty on the basis of the Kölsch Convention.

After the tour you will have learned about 4 brew houses and tested their products and be able to distinguish between a Kölsch and an Alt.
Every participant receives a documentary with the stories of each of the 4 brew houses, anecdotes, and a list of all the brew houses still in operation. This way you can later relive the tour in all of its details.

You will visit the following brew houeses: Früh am Dom Brewery (you'll get to know this building from the basement to the upper floors), Peters Brewery or Gilden im Sims, Gaffel Haus in the Old Market (the guilds of Köln are represented here), and the Bierhaus on the Salzglass (the highlight of the "three-star to the prince's guard" carnival parade). These can be visited in a different order upon request.
  • A Kölsch beer in each of the four brew houses and a "Kölsche Herbal Liqueur" on the way to the last brew house
  • Information and a personal "brewery certificate"

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Meeting point

On the right side as seen from the dome, in front of the Früh Brewery (display window of the Roeckl shoe store), Am Hof 12, 50667 Köln

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Important information
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• Minimum age: 18 years
• The tour can last up to 2.5 hours
• The following holds for bachelor parties: Please do not show up in costume or excessively intoxicated.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 515 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Boris our tour guide made it good despite some confusion

It wasn't made clear that the tour was in German, which the German tour guide was annoyed about when we arrived (once we found her). Fortunately her colleague, Boris, was amazing and great fun. Should be made clear that this is not a brewery tour but a tour to some pubs essentially.

17 April 2017

The guide was phenomenal!

I cannot give this tour full stars because the price did not fit. This tour was outrageously expensive. I gave the activity 4 out of 5 because the guide was so amazing. We learned as much about Cologne as we did about Kolsch! Michael is enthusiastic about Kolsch, super laid back, and an incredibly talented story teller! He was the highlight of our Cologne trip!

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4 April 2017

excellent. I would do it again.

We met Wolfgang at the cathedral. We were a stag of 18 lads and had a few beers on board already. Wolfgang our guide was excellent. Great information and up for a laugh with the lads. Taylor ed the tour as necessary. I would do the tour again. Everyone enjoyed it. I would note that as a stag you can't be too boisterous in the beerhalls.

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28 March 2016

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Product ID: 7139