Wine is the typically drink of choice in Barcelona, and they do it very well. Typically if you order a beer in Barcelona you will be served an Estrella, which is a mass produced beer in Spain. However, much like the growth of craft coffee in Barcelona, there are a number of great places to find craft beer in the Mediterranean city. Here are a few of my favorites:
Mikkeller Bar Barcelona-
Mikkeller is a Danish nomadic brewing company with an outpost in Barcelona. The have a great selection of beers, great service, and some great rotating food offerings. They usually have a few different stouts (my favorite style) on tap, but always have plenty of good choices of a variety of different styles.
Brewdog is a Scottish brewing company with a location in Barcelona. They offer some excellent beer choices with excellent service. They also offer a beer school (free and paid versions) where they will explain the brewing process and let you sample different styles of beer. Brewdog also has an “Intergalactic Beer Visa,” which can be stamped at their various locations throughout the world to document your travels. It is free to obtain, and I got my first stamp at the Barcelona location.
Abirradero is a great location for craft beer with a variety of styles and 40 taps. They even offer styles such as mead and Gruut that can be harder to come by than other styles. In addition to some excellent beer, they also serve kombucha and have a great food menu and great service.
Ølgod and Kælderkold-
Ølgod and Kælderkold are great places to find a variety of different craft beer. Ølgod is located in the Raval neighborhood and has a more food options, while Kælderkold is just off La Rambla in the Gothic Quarter and has a whiskey bar located inside as well.
My favorite bottle shop in Barcelona is OKasional Beer. They have an excellent selection at good prices to purchase for later, and they have also recently expanded their space and offer a few beers on tap as well.
Edge Brewing is an excellent brewery started by American ex-pats. Although their brewery is rarely open, you can find their beers at many craft beer spots in the city. Ale&Hop has a nice beer selection and some super tasty sweet potato bravas. Cat Bar serves craft beer along with the best vegetarian burgers I’ve tasted. Olofson has a great beer selection and a variety of smoked food (they even smoke their whipped cream!). Garage Brewery is one of the more popular craft breweries in Barcelona, although they don’t tend to have an extensive selection of darker beers. Cerveseria La Mes Petita, like their name suggests, is a small place that serves some high quality brews from Ratpenat. Barna Brew has a limited selection of beers, but what they have is very good. BlackLab Brewhouse & Kitchen serves “Beer cocktails” in addition to their beers. Bodega Fermin my favorite place to get local tapas and craft beer. El Drapaire De La Cervesa Artesana has a great selection and is located near Placa Catalunya in the center of the city. Lambicus Bar and Lambicus Bottle Shop are the best places to get Belgian-style beers in Barcelona. Caravelle offers craft beer and some excellent food (they have even started selling the Impossible Burger), and they also offer good coffee and an excellent brunch. Rosses i Torrades only has a couple beers on tap, but they have an excellent bottle selection, and La Beata is another nice bottle shop that also has a bar in the Gràcia area. Chivuo’s, Bar Centro, La Central Hamburgueseria, and La Menuda are all great places to get good food paired with a craft beer. CocoVail Beer Hall was started by locals that went to university in Arizona and wanted to bring the American beer hall culture to Barcelona. They have a wide selection of craft beer on tap (although not usually any high gravity), and is a great place to watch sports. Some other great places to get craft beer in Barcelona are Kraftank, BierCab, La Bona Pinta, Beer’linale and The Growler. I would also like to check out Local Beer Barcelona, but their hours are fairly limited.
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