One day, I said to hell with the watered-down beer and bring on the craft beer.
Here are some of my favorite places to get a craft or artisanal beer in this city dominated by Estrella. Each of these spots has something unique to offer, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some quality beer.
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It has become a ritual for me to go to this place after a long day of volleyball at the beach on Sundays. There are few things better than going to this huge bar just by the water and enjoying one of their craft beers and a good plate fries – the best fries in Barcelona! My recommendation: a big old order of french fries, and a pint of the Claudia (American IPA) Palau del Mar, Plaça Pau Vila, 1
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Although this is a Scottish and UK beer company, this bar knows beer. Created by two guys with their dog as the label inspiration, they started selling beers at local markets and out of the back of their van, back in 2007. They have had incredible success since then, and have created a chain of 26 BrewDog bars all over the world, and have brewed over 90,000HL of beer. Apart from an incredible array of beers, they have nights where you can take workshops, beer tastings, trivia nights and game nights, and there are always board games in the bar to play with. My recommendation: The Jack Hammer IPA, extra hoppy, and pretty high in alcohol content (7.2%). Carrer de Casanova, 69
Tucked away in a little corner where the neighborhoods of El Gotico and La Barceloneta meet, you can find a great place to really learn to appreciate beer. Ruben, the owner and his team, are passionate about beer, and want to spread their knowledge to those who are unaware. They offer courses and workshops, promote artisanal beer that is made without additives and conservatives, and also offer organic and eco-friendly beers. This place is kind of a hidden gem and has a very family-oriented atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Their motto is to redefine the concept of beer, the way of processing it, and how to dispense and enjoy it. My recommendation: order the pork ribs and wash it down with Jalapeno beer! Gignàs 25
Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona
Mortiz it is made right here in Barcelona and it is smooth and simple. Apart from the beer, the entire factory is a delight, and has so much more to offer than most bars. You can go inside and try some of the most famous beers made in the city, look at the large beer distilleries downstairs, and enjoy the pleasant service. The terrace is one of my most frequented weeknight spots after a long day of work. My recommendation: a jar of Moritz Clara, which is 30% lemon Fanta and 70% beer, accompanied by the patatas bravas with spicy mayonnaise every time to wash down the stresses of a long workday. Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39 – 41