Barcelona Craft

Cities all over the world are being swept up in the craft beer revolution, and Barcelona is no different.

The cosmopolitan districts of cultural powerhouse Barcelona have long boasted a wealth of tapas bars and tavernas amongst their historic and mesmerising architecture. Recently, as part of a broader global rise in the popularity of independent and small-batch ‘craft’ beer breweries, many bars serving these diverse and characterful beers have opened in the Catalan capital. We’ve narrowed down a great route to follow if you want to take in some of the big hitters…

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1. Mikkeller

http://www.mikkeller.dk/location/mikkeller-bar-barcelona/

Carrer de Valencia 202, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Scandinavian swagger

There’s something undeniably cool about the Danish, and cool is one of the many words that can be used to describe this brilliant bar on Barcelona’s Carrer de Valenica. The eponymous proprietors, Mikkeller microbrewery, have expanded into a far-reaching mix of countries since their initial success in Copenhagen – they now count bars in Taiwan, Singapore and Iceland in their portfolio, amongst others.

Of the 24 taps lined up behind the simple bar, half are devoted to their very own beer, which is shipped directly from their breweries in Denmark and as fresh as you can get. They have a reputation for creative recipes involving fruit, so don’t be afraid to branch out a little bit. The space is clean, simple and bright, and whilst it would be harsh to say it could have been plucked straight out of an IKEA catalogue, you’ll know what we mean when you see the simple pine tables and bar.


Drunk Stage 1
350m

2. Garage Beer Co.

http://www.garagebeer.co/

Carrer del Consell de Cent 261, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Craig David’s favourite boozer

Two things point to the quality of the beer for sale at Garage Beer Co. – the row of eight taps on the sheet metal wall, and the minimalist, roughshod decor. Eight taps is significantly fewer than craft beer bars like this, instead they follow a ‘quality over quantity’ mantra, backing the brews on offer to be well chosen and exceptionally good. The surroundings are bare to say the least, but they’re confident that you’ll be so enamoured with the drink in your hand that you’re unlikely to care.

A large glass partition looks through to their brewery, where they are constantly working on new flavours and recipes, and producing delicious beers to dish out through their own pumps. You can’t get much fresher than a distance between vat and tap that’s measured in metres, not miles. The prices are reasonable and the clientele are young, and when the evening gets on and the music is turned up, it’ll be toe-tapping classic rock that you hear.


Drunk Stage 2
110m

3. BierCaB

http://www.biercab.com/en/

Calle Muntaner 55, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Barcelona's craft beer behemoth

If there’s a long queue for the bar when you’re in Cerveceria Biercab, it won’t be because the service is slow or the bar staff unhelpful, it will be because the folks at the front of the line are umm-ing and ahh-ing their way through 30 (yes 30) different beer taps. This dizzying line of beer levers produces every type of brew under the sun; IPAs, Double IPAs, Saisons, Red Ales, Lambics, Porters, Imperial Porters – you get the idea. There’s no incomprehensible, hand-written blackboards here either, you’ll be run through the menu by two large flat-screen TVs above the bar.

The entire venue is sleek and modern, with an impressive, artistic ceiling design consisting of hundreds of small wooden boards. The lighting and paint give the room a yellowy-orange glow not dissimilar to the beer itself, and the seating is combination of long, shared benches and high, bar-height tables. So pick your seat, pick your tap and, if you’re feeling peckish, pick something delicious from the reasonably priced and highly-rated tapas menu. None of the above will disappoint.


Drunk Stage 3
180m

4. Brewdog

http://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/barcelona

Carrer de Casanova 69, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

These guys were making craft beer before it was cool

The biggest player in the British craft beer, Aberdeen-based Brewdog has expanded its massively popular fleet of industrial-themed bars into 11 countries since opening in their hometown in 2010. The ribbon was cut on this typically-cool bar on Barcelona’s Carrer de Casanova in early 2015, and it’s established itself as one of the flagship bars in the city for getting your paws around a glass of high quality malted barley.

The bar is housed in an old bank and kept some of the bulletproof glass in the renovation – just for that extra piece of mind. Half of the walls are exposed brick and the other are covered in hand-painted murals, lending the edgy, urban vibe that Brewdog have made their own. Our favourite piece of art is definitely the charming recreation of a beer-drinking octopus fondling the Sagrada Familia cathedral. We recommend running through the Brewdog staples – Dead Pony Pale Ale and Punk IPA – to get you started, and then the world (of 18 other taps) is your oyster.


Drunk Stage 4
350m

5. Belchica

http://www.belchica.be/

Carrer de Villarroel 60, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Belgium-p for joy!

Everyone knows that some of the finest beer in the world comes out of Belgium. If the population of Barcelona didn’t, then they’re certainly being educated by the enterprising chaps that established Belchica. An uber-relaxed bar in the city’s Eixample district, Belchica welcomes all comers to their comfy sofas. From tourists to locals and young hipsters to middle-aged businessmen, coming in to sample the 50-strong menu of Belgian brews is a uniting goal.

There is a large screen showing football from all over the continent (turn up early if the Belgian national team are playing), and regular live music and open mic nights on the weekend as well. Quirky interior design and a good smattering of kitsch trinkets give the venue a care-free character and yes – to the relief of anyone in your group that firmly rejects the idea of the ‘craft beer revolution’, they do serve Stella.


Drunk Stage 5
500m

6. Barcelona Beer Co.

http://www.barcelonabeercompany.com/en/

Carrer de Muntaner 7, Barcelona, 08011

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Like the other BBC, but more beer and less Eastenders

The founders of Barcelona Beer Co. were carefully crafting original, boundary-pushing microbrews long before they were able to open up this brilliant taproom to sell them all in. Indeed, their own productions should absolutely be your first port of call at the long, terracotta-tiled bar. They serve four-glass samplers of different brews – perfect if you’re stuck for choice between the 16 taps.

A combination of large windows and a bright, illuminated sign above the bar mean that this modern space never feels dingy. It’s a perfect place to settle in for a long evening session, and if you want to return the next day because you like it so much, or you only got through half of the 16 taps – they are also famed for their bocatas (sandwiches). Try the ‘Albondigas’ for delicious meatballs or the ‘Conchinita Pibil’ for traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork.

If you're a craft beer lover and like what you see, why not check out our Barcelona stag dos page to start planning your bespoke trip to the Catalonian capital.