Barcelona is best known for tapas, wine, pick pocketers and art but the Barcelona craft beer scene is growing fast and it’s not hard to see why!
The city offers more than most as it’s not only a vibrant hub with an iconic past but also a creative future. What makes it unique is its surroundings, greenery and the sea. This, along with the climate gives the food and drink real authenticity as natural ingredients are readily available and seasonal. Those vineyards are gifted with its resources, the reason their wine tastes so good. They have started to use this to make exciting beers which are largely influenced by America but you can taste the Mediterranean twist.
In the last few years breweries have been appearing in Barcelona. Black Lab, the first tap room in the city is situated right by the sea, the perfect location for the freshest ingredients. It is a real gem for beer lovers, whether local or tourist. At Black Lab you’ll find a range of beers and beer infused cocktails, they brew and experiment onsite but they also collaborate with breweries from around the world. Barcelona is full of great food but if you’re enjoying the beer too much then eat in!
Black Lab is perfect for capturing tourists but if you’re looking for something a bit more ‘Barcelona’ then head to Eixample. You’ll be in beer heaven as local bars have embraced the craft beer trend whilst the area also has BrewDog and Mikkeller bars. NaparBCN is something special. It’s a classy place, not a dirty tap and their beers are just as good as the marbled interior. Initially, NaparBCN was going to be a restaurant, celebrating the city’s best ingredients, as the Barcelona craft beer scene developed the guys behind the food saw that they might as well make the beer if they are making the food.
Away from the centre there’s Edge Brewing. Founded by two Americans, Edge have capitalised on the new craft trend, using their experience and local ingredients to produce wow-factor beer.
As cities go, Barcelona is relatively cheap, like most, craft beers can get pricey but you will be pleasantly surprised when the bill comes. You don’t really need an excuse to visit but if you do, make it a tasting trip. There’s more to Barcelona beer than Estrella.