“Isn’t beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than inciting its fans to urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?” Milan Kundera wrote with an irreverent heart about this full, brown, frothy drink the Spanish call cerveza. Barcelona is as much part of the craft beer movement as any big city, and there are plenty of beer gardens to enjoy a pint or two. Here are a couple of craft beer front-runners to keep an eye out for next time you’re in the mood for this golden ale.
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Espiga – Blonde Ale is a gluten free beer that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Dublin Craft Beer Cup. Espiga is the culmination of a calling for two biologists (Teresa Galvan and Arnaou Rovira) to give life to a beer with plenty of character and personality. After international experience in Germany and Denmark they returned to Barcelona to pursue their passion for beer. Check out their website for more information. We’ll leave you with this quote from their site “Because only a natural beer, brewed with passion and without pasteurizing can be a live beer”.
La Pirata Tremenda
La Pirata Tremenda has a heavy malt base and a high alcohol content. Pirata is a microbrewery based in Suria, Barcelona.
The crew initially began brewing beer in their house. And the story goes, “when the beer began to look like beer more people started to stop in at the house, one fellow that frequented too often was called the pirate.” In fact they were all a bunch of underground beer drinking pirates with a knack for brewing. Make sure to taste La Pirata, it is tremendous.
One beer to try is the Rosita Negra, this honey-colored ale is elegant and the taste is persistent. The palate is sweet at first but then one notices the passing of its entire volume and aromatic taste that provides a dense and satisfying finish. Heed the advice from Rosita’s makers, “the best pairing will be with tranquility and the calmness of good company and even better, fine conversation”.
At Cerveteca you can find information on beer culture and brewing events, and buy craft beers of different origins. You can also visit them to find out more about participating in workshops or touring some local breweries. At Cerveteca they believe that “craft beer and its various styles tell us about the history of a people, their way of understanding and enjoying life”. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for that latest news.