The Best Beer And Breweries In Barcelona, Spain • Hop Culture
Barcelona, Spain. It’s the country’s cultural capital, probably the world’s best beach city, and home to an all-conquering
football soccer team. It’s also mustered up a young but remarkable beer scene of its own, a bit like a 5-year old kid bashing out Beethoven’s 9th on a piano.
You’ll find there’s a distinctly American influence on the breweries and their taprooms. Though it was a Brit who helped popularize craft beer here–the late Steve Huxley is, true to Barça’s sacred surrounds, something of a deity in Catalonia; whether on bottle labels to wall hangings, Huxley’s bearded visage is ubiquitous.
And to be sure, you’ll want to experience the fruits of Steve’s efforts. Well then. Shall we?
Carrer de Llull, 62, 08005
5:00 PM – Home away from home.
Edge Brewing is an ‘American’ craft brewery run by Americans in the suburbs of Barcelona. Maybe take this with a pinch of salt, given the Belgian influences, but let’s not do them a disservice – this is one of the best breweries in the city. Just in case things get a little hairy, there’s a bunker under the brewery which was used to stockpile ammunition during the civil war. Bear in mind that visits need to be booked in advance.
Racó d’en Cesc
Carrer de la Diputació, 201, 08011
8:00 PM – Gastronomic activities.
Unlike other places around the world, it took almost no time at all for craft beer to permeate fine dining in Catalunya. Sommelier Edgar Rodriguez Tello is very proud of his beer cellar, and it shows in the tasting menu. Inspired pairings, like veal cheeks in old mustard with a doppelbock or sous-vide-fried egg with pork belly alongside a witbier, make you wonder why fine dining hasn’t been like this all along.
10:00 AM – Crois ‘n’ cream.
Grab breakfast near your hotel. If you happen to be staying at Hotel Barcelona Catedral, you’re in the right spot. Their morning spreads come out picnic-style, and are all-encompassing, from mini croissants to a delicious cream tart, which was more like surplus dessert. But so what?
Carrer de la Diputació, 223, 08011
12:00 PM – Two sides, same coin.
Elegance is sometimes found in the unlikeliest of places. Least of all a no-nonsense beer bar. But here we are, with brass fittings, black and white painted walls, tiled floors, and polished serving tanks above the bar. While you’re here, have some local grub. It’s essentially traditional Catalan food via the deep fat fryer – think Iberian ham with fried egg over French fries.
Carrer de Muntaner, 55, 08011
3:00 PM – Taxi?
BierCaB is what happens when a brewer, two beer bar owners, and a distributor come together to create their collective ideal of the perfect pub. The 30 lines across two TV screens make for interesting reading: coffee imperial IPAs, triple IPAs, triple imperial stouts. Settle down to try a couple–if you’re lucky enough to find a seat.
Carrer de l’Encarnació, 21, 08012
7:00 PM – Country flavours.
Venture far enough into the Catalan countryside and you’ll find a handful of hyper-local breweries–such as La Pirata, Lo Vilot, and Ales Agullons–that are quietly spearheading the local beer scene. But, fortunately, not everyone has to seek them out – 90 percent of the beer sold at CataLluna is made within a 125-mile radius.
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39 – 41, 08011
9:00 PM – Fill up.
First brewed in 1856, Moritz’s history and approach to food will more likely blow you away than the beer itself. Accordingly, think of their flagship site as a beer museum with good grub–Russian salads, Ibérico ham croquettes, calamari–and something that helps ease it down.
Nømad Coffee Productions
Passatge de Sert 12, 08003
10:00 AM – Real coffee.
Good coffee requires more of a search than you might like, but you’ll invariably find it at Nømad (which, being down a little passage, may need a bit of finding as well). Having trained in London, founder Josep is trying to grow a good coffee movement in Barcelona. And, judging by his own efforts, it’s working. If it’s too warm out, order a dose of their house cold brew.
Palau del Mar, Plaça Pau Vila, 1, 08039
1:00 PM – Sunseekers.
A pint glass’ throw from the 270-foot yachts in Port Vell, BlackLab’s stately location is a far cry from their punkish foundations. Their Claudia IPA is easily one of the better of the local iterations of the style, while the kitchen puts out a decent internationally-influenced menu, curated by a Chinese-Spanish restaurateur, to match.
Garage Beer Co.
Carrer del Consell de Cent, 261, 08011
4:00 PM – Soup cans.
A quick refill at the Garage gets a whole new meaning. Garage Beer Co. proves a worthy detour to or from BierCaB (which is just round the corner), with its American inspired IPAs and pale ales – cans of Soup a case in point.
Carrer de Margarit, 43, 08004
7:00 PM – For old times.
This is the granddaddy of Barcelona beer bars. Even though it set up shop in 1992, Cerveceria Jazz is a little slice of Catalonian beer history, having strong associations with Mr. Steve Huxley. To sample his legacy, go for a pint of ‘Steve’s Best Bitter’. Meanwhile, should any pangs of hunger arise, the burgers prove to some of the best you’ll find in Barça.
Carrer de l’Hospital, 74, 08001
9:00 PM – Finger food.
Time to pile on the tapas, I reckon. Ølgod’s a great place in which to do so ¬– especially if you’re of the vegan or vegetarian persuasion. Plus, there’s 30 draught lines on the bar. Stack up five samples for €15 a go. It’s tapas with your tapas.
Best Craft Beer in Barcelona
Written By Maria
There’s a craft beer revolution going on in Barcelona! Microbreweries, bars, brewpubs and restaurants serving craft beers are invading the city with the speed of light. If you’re a craft beer lover you won’t be bored here.
In addition to the bars there are also events on a weekly basis that attract both local and international breweries to town.
Here are our favorite craft beer bars and taprooms in Barcelona:
Biercab, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Biercab – 30 rotating taps and tasty tapas. This place is a true craft beer paradise, recognized as one of the best in the world (!). There’s also a shop next door, good luck with going in there and NOT bringing anything home with you..! Read more about Biercab here. C/ Muntaner 55 (Eixample).
La Rovira, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
La Rovira – In Gracia you can find this cosy bar: old school with great staff and a very homey feeling. 15 taps and a fridge full of bottles and cans. There is also food, the bravas are great. Keep your eyes out for their meet the brewer-events. Read more about La Rovira here. C/ Rabassa 23 (Gracia).
Bar 134 – This might be small but houses many different kinds of craft beer, and great Belgian beers, too. You can find them on C/ Roger de Flor 134 (Tetuan).
Bodega Fermin, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Bodega Fermin – An old bodega turned into a bar with vermouth, craft beer and tapas. Great atmosphere and the beer selection is on point. A must visit in Barceloneta. C/ Sant Carles 18 (Barceloneta).
Oma Bistró – A few rotating taps with a good selection of craft beers, bottles and cans too, and then amazing cake of course. Brunch and (craft) beer can be a winner combo! C/ Consell de Cent 227 (Eixample).
Black Lab, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Black Lab – They brew their own craft beer and serve American-Asian fusion food. Cool space, live music events and a big terrace. They currently also have a beer garden in L’illa shopping center. Read my review here. Palau del Mar, Plaça Pau Vila 1 (Barceloneta).
CocoVail Beer Hall – Many an expat like to hang out here to drink craft beer, watch sports and eat tasty chicken wings. Carrer d’Aragó 284 (Eixample).
Garage Beer, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Garage Beer Co. – They have two locations: a brewpub in the city center and a brewery in Sant Andreu. Possibly one of the coolest and most international breweries in Barcelona. Keep an eye out for their beer releases at the brewery. C/ Consell de Cent 261 (Eixample).
Homo Sibaris, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Homo Sibaris – Somewhat off the beaten path but don’t let that scare you. These guys know what they do. Here you come for the beer, and they have a lot to choose from. Plaça d’Osca 4 (Sants).
Ale & Hop, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Ale & Hop – Many taps and vegetarian food (!) in the Born. A classic neighborhood haunt. C/ Basses de Sant Pere 10 (Born).
Abirradero, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Abirradero – 40 taps focused on local craft beer, most of them brewed on location. An interesting gastro pub menu. Read my review here. C/ Vila i Vilà 77 (Poble Sec).
Beerlinale, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Beer’linale – Close to the Ramblas but discreet enough not to attract too many tourists. Many taps, an excellent bottle list and good food. Great for groups. Read more here. C/ Carme 7 (Raval).
Kaelderkold – Not far from Beer’linale above you can find this bar with plenty of taps and good cocktails, including beer infused ones. If you sit by the bar you will most likely find yourself engaged in a conversation with other thirsty beer lovers. C/ Cardenal Casañas 7 (Gótico).
Ølgod, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Ølgod – Kaelderkold’s sister establishment in the Raval has many, many taps and vegetarian food to boot. One of my favorite hangouts. Recurrent DJ nights take place here. Read more here. C/ Hospital 74 (Raval).
Lambicus, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Lambicus – Are you a fan of Belgian beers? I am, and I adore this bar. They offer so many interesting beers, and you can buy bottles to take home with you in their sister shop around the corner. Read my review here. C/ Tamarit 107, bottle shop Rocafort 9 (Sant Antoni).
Olut, Sabadell. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Olut – The team behind local brewery Nómada has their own bar in Sabadell, a short train ride away from Barcelona. Go here for excellent beers, a great terrace and tasting events on the agenda. C/ Marià Fortuny 17, Sabadell.
Humble Beer, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Humble Beer – A recent addition to the craft beer scene in Eixample (aka Beerxample). Good selection on tap, a curated selection of bottles and cans and a menu with local flavours such as cheese and cured meat platters. C/ Roselló 185 (Eixample).
La Bona Pinta, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
La Bona Pinta – Might seem tiny from the outside, but you will be surprised when you go inside and see the big space in the back, and the large selection of bottles and cans in addition to the rotating taps. C/ Diputació 433 (Eixample).
BarnaBrew, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
BarnaBrew – A unique brew pub with plenty of atmosphere located in hip Sant Antoni, offering Belgian inspired craft beers and good food. Read my review on BarnaBrew here. C/ Parlament 45 (Sant Antoni).
Bar La Beata, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Bar La Beata – A hotspot for craft beer in Gràcia, with good rotating taps and bottled can selection. Their IPAgana is worth trying. C/ Jesús 16 (Gracia).
La Cervesera Artesana – The first microbrewery in the city. A friendly neighbourhood hangout, with over 100 different beers from all over the world, including a wide variety of gluten free beers. C/ Sant Augustí 14 (Gracia).
El Drapaire de la Cervesa Artesana, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
El Drapaire De La Cervesa Artesana – A very cosy bar located in an old tavern with stone-clad walls. 12 taps, 2 hand pumps and bagels and baos to go with the beer. C/ Sitges 11 (Raval).
The Growler, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
The Growler – Go here with your growler, fill it up with tasty craft beer, or simply go there to enjoy a pint or many. They also have a good bottle and can selection on their shelves. C/ Roger de Llúria 81 (Eixample).
Brewdog – Brewdog’s Barcelona location, great for a few pints and some board games with friends. C/ Casanova 69 (Eixample).
Caravelle – Cosy little bistro with a few taps with beers from their own microbrewery. Make sure you try the food too! Read more here. C/ Pintor Fortuny 31 (Raval).
Chivuo’s, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Chivuo’s – These guys have exploded into various locations around the city with their delicious street food concept and a good selection of craft beer on tap. A must visit. Read my review on Chivuo’s here. Chivuo’s has 6 different locations.
El Racó d’en Cesc – Good quality seasonal food (one of my favourite restaurants), an impressive wine list and a genius beer sommelier, Edgar Rodríguez, that pairs up any food on the menu with excellent good beer choices. They do a beer pairing menu too. Read more here. Diputació 201 (Eixample).
Bar Centro, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Bar Centro – Great street food (their burgers and tequeños are fantastic) and several taps. They take exceptionally well care of their craft beers here. Read more here. C/ Casp 55 (Eixample).
Vaso de Oro, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
El Vaso de Oro – A tapas bar in Barceloneta with a mind-blowing solomillo con foie. They brew their own beer and it pure joy to watch the staff pour the beers. A classic. Read more here. C/ Balboa 6 (Barceloneta).
Il Birrino, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Il Birrino – An amazing bar with two major surprising elements: a good selection of craft beer and home-made Italian food. Very recommendable. Read more here. C/ Alí Bei 123 (Eixample).
La Cervecita Nuestra de Cada Día, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
La Cervecita Nuestra de Cada Día – Both beer shop and bar, a true place of reference in Poblenou. They are behind the yearly La Fira de Poble Nou craft beer event. C/ Llull 184 (Poblenou).
Hoppiness, Barcelona. – Photo © Øhm Sweet Øhm.
Hoppiness – A fairly recent newcomer to the craft beer scene located in the heart of Poblenou. Good food to pair with your pints. They organise events with live music, such as their Beermuth Sessions. C/ Ramon Turró 180 (Poblenou).
Cyclic Beer Farm – A brewery located close to La Sagrera that focuses on farmhouse-style beers. They open their taproom during weekends and serve vegetarian and vegan food. C/ Coll 37 (La Sagrera).
Conesa Beer A brother and a sister joined forces to open this craft beer bar that also serves tapas, and vermouth if you’re not into beer. If you are into football this is a great choice to watch the game. Carrer de Casanova 62 (Eixample).
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The old Estrella Damm brewery offers you the opportunity to learn how it all began over 140 years ago. During our tour you will see different rooms such as the emblematic kettle room, the power generator room or the historical archive, which will tell you about how Damm beer was made, among other things.
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The building of the old Moritz brewery, which operated continuously from 1856 to the 70s of the last century, will open its doors again. Only this time, as a gastronomic center. Officially, this event will take place on December 12.
The reconstruction of the old factory was led by none other than the French architect Jean Nouvel. According to his projects, the Torre Agbar Tower in Barcelona was created and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid was reconstructed.
Restoration work has taken place in three buildings belonging to the Moritz family. This is a total of 4500 sq.m., which are located in the center of Barcelona, on Ronda San Antonio.
The reconstruction of the complex lasted ten years. It was simply necessary to preserve and restore some architectural details of past centuries: walls that are over 150 years old, concrete tanks made in the 20s of the last century, corridors and warehouses, which are the only rooms in Barcelona made using the so-called “Catalan arches” (volta catalana). Combining light and color, Nouvel combined frame elements with modern details, transforming the old factory into a “space of micro-pleasures”, as the architect dubbed his creation. The complex has all the equipment necessary for production. The old technique was restored as a decoration. In total, more than 30 million euros were spent on the reconstruction.
The Moritz Barcelona complex includes a brewery that annually produces 60 hectoliters of fresh, unpasteurized beer. There are two restaurants, one of which is a gourmet restaurant, a wine bar where you can taste 400 types of high-class wines per gram. The local beer bar will be the largest in the city. It can accommodate up to 250 people, the length of the stand will be 25 meters. There is a shop, a mini-brewery, a museum, a canteen and several multi-purpose halls for exhibitions and conferences. They are located in the old cellars of the 19th century, and were originally intended for the fermentation of drinks.
The gastronomic director of the project, renowned chef Jordi Vilà, expressed his confidence that in the future he will be able to move his star restaurant Alquimia to the complex. Moreover, the restaurant’s focus will shift to traditional Catalan dishes and Alsatian cuisine, paying tribute to the Moritz family.