What is the best way to learn about beer in Hamburg?

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Most locals walk into a bar in Hamburg and simply ask, “grosses bier, bitte” (large beer, please). Until recently, every village, town or city in Germany had its own brewery. In Hamburg, there have always been Holsten and Astra beers. Today, you can learn about the brewing process at Holsten Brewery (Astra was absorbed by Holsten). Five days a week, the company leads groups through the factory; just be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot for an English-language tour. You will walk through the factory and follow the beer through its brewing process. If you are lucky, you might get a close-up view of the bottling process as well. At the end of the two-hour tour, sample a few beers or non-alcoholic drink with an open-faced ham sandwich — a German staple.

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