Updated: Jun 3
Moabit now has an official flavour, and it's Podrum's Berlin Island Gin. Aptly named after the island - yes, Moabit is an island within Berlin - a sip and a waft of this summery and fruity gin will transport you to a warm tropical island surrounded by the sea rather than the Spree.
Light Spanish grapefruit and Peruvian pink pepper flavours will flare your nostrils and warm your stomach thanks to Asmir Hadzibeganovic's perfect concoction.
Originally harkening from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Asmir is now a long time Moabiter boasting a 25 year stint on the island. Nearly a decade ago, after a long spell in the clubbing industry the friendly and relaxed entrepreneur opened Moabit's beloved Kapitel 21 cocktail bar on Lehrter Strasse.
Following his entrepreneurial flair and his love for good quality alcohol, Asmir then opened Podrum, meaning "basement" in Bosnian, three years ago. Just a stone's throw away from Kapitel 21 on Lehrterstrasse, this edgy concept store sells a wide array of selected spirits, and craft beers and wine - many of which are locally handcrafted. If you're into good quality alcohol, you'll feel like as giddy as kid in a candy shop.
We had the opportunity to pick Asmir's brain about his beloved Berlin Island Gin, his upcoming homemade whisky, and his handcrafted Mexikaner - a cocktail akin to a Bloody Mary and usually served as a shot in Germany.
It's easy to sense Asmir's passion for his work, connecting with people, and Moabit's history.
As we sunk into Podrum's lavish speakeasy-style backroom lounge surrounded by whisky bottles, chandeliers, and vintage wooden cabinets, Asmir easily weaved the conversation between his life as a musician, how Moabit has changed over the decades, how underground wineries used to be the business on this street, and much more.
There are hidden gems on and under every corner of this neighbourhood, if you're willing to look. So, why not take a trip to our wee island for a taste of Moabit?
We dare you not to get too tipsy as Asmir offers you tastes of his delightful liqueurs served with a side of his tidbits of Moabit's history.