We've been at our current location in Berlin for about 6 years now and since then we've seen our particular street grow almost beyond recognition. Our block alone has sprouted a coffee house, a vintage store, co-working spaces, two boutiques and a couple of bars (of course) all in the last two and a half years.
I'd like to say that I personally know each business on the street but this just would not be the truth. Meeting ones neighbors takes effort and time, two things that often get swallowed up in the never-ending rush of busy business-like stuff, the same stuff that keeps us scrambling to our computers to help fill the void created by lack of actual human contact.
Lately I've been putting my mind to slowing down a bit to enjoy this fairly decent summer we seem to be experiencing. If you're a resident of this charming city, you know that this isn't always the case and can also disappear at a moments notice. So, today I finally stopped to introduce myself to a fairly new neighbor, The Liquor Company Berlin. They have their office and a small production space a few doors down from ours. Again, if you live in Berlin, you may have already seen their various imported products on the shelves of your favorite watering hole but now they are launching their own brew, brewed right here on Weserstrasse, KR/23.
KR/23 is an herbal liqueur (Kräuterlikor) made from, you guessed it, 23 different ingredients: black pepper, bay leaf, lemon zest, cloves, oregano, cinnamon, ginger, basil, sage, fennel, orange zest, green pepper, lemon balm, anise, rosemary, turmeric, caraway seed, mint, cardamom, wild rue and nutmeg. Served chilled (in the refrigerator because it is too delicate for the freezer), this herbal liquor is quite the summer sip. Delish.
As a good neighbor does, the gentleman who opened the door, welcomed me in and offered me something refreshing to drink. Lovely, lovely people and damn good hooch.