A Guide to Good Beer in Barcelona

Before my trip to Barcelona, Spain, I turned to RateBeer.com to research potential beer destinations. Sure, I had plans to visit classic landmarks like Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, and Montserrat, but I also had plans to explore the local beer scene. Here’s what I found:

Edge Brewing – My visit to Edge Brewing felt like being at home in the U.S. Edge was founded by two Americans to bring the American craft beer revolution to Barcelona. I found Edge brew at several local beer bars, but there’s nothing like drinking fresh beer at the brewery, and Edge was easily my favorite beer destination in Barcelona. I enjoyed it so much that it will be the subject if its own blog post. Stay tuned!

Edge Brewing Banner

Biercabthis beer bar is rated the #1 Barcelona Beer Destination on RateBeer.com and it did not disappoint. I made it my first beer stop, arriving for lunch not long after touching down in Barcelona. With 30 taps, delicious tapas, and genuinely friendly service, Biercab was the only beer spot in Barcelona that I visited twice during my trip. The bar:

Biercab Bar

The beer menu display was unlike any I’d ever seen, and if you couldn’t see the display from your seat, the up-to-date beer menu is available right on their website home page.

Biercab Menu

Beers sampled:

  • Naparbier Toccalmatto Wild Lady, Saison, Spain
  • Naparbier Pale Ale, Spain
  • Naparbier ZZ+, Amber Ale, Spain
  • Senglaris Pale Ale, Spain
  • Sullerica Recepta Original, Spain
  • Kaltenecker Blues IPA 17°, Black IPA, Slovakia
  • Summer Wine Sabertooth IPA, England
  • Summer Wine Oregon Pale Ale, England
  • Summer Wine Pacer, Pale Ale, England
  • Summer Wine Maelstrom, Double IPA, England

Ale and Hop – this off-the-beaten-path hole-in-the-wall was well worth the effort it took to find it. The neighborhood pub was filled with locals and offered a friendly vibe and local Barcelona brew from Edge Brewing.

Ale & Hop Bar

Ale and Hop Beer Chalkboard

Beers sampled:

  • Edge Brewing Hoptimista IPA, Barcelona, Spain
  • Edge Brewing Barretina Amber, Barcelona, Spain

Cat Bar – I stumbled upon this cat-inspired vegetarian and vegan bar, drawn in by the beer menu displayed out front and the chance to drink more local Barcelona brew from Edge Brewing.

Cat Bar Beer Chalkboard

Beers sampled:

  • Edge Brewing Porter, Barcelona, Spain
  • BrewDog Punk IPA, Scotland

Bar Mingus – this local-filled hole-in-the-wall was hidden among the narrow streets in the historic Gothic Quarter.

Bar Mingus Front

Bar Mingus Beer Chalkboard

Beers sampled:

  • Edge Brewing/Due South Brewing HoRyezon, IPA, Barcelona, Spain

La ResistènciaYet another difficult-to-find hole-in-the-wall that was worth the extra effort. This was the only place in Barcelona where I experienced some difficulties with the local language, as the bartender and I had trouble communicating. But a friendly local stepped in to translate and to recommend one of the local beers on tap, which was one of my favorites of the trip.

La Resistencia

Beers sampled:

  • Mikkeller American Dream, Lager, Denmark
  • Espiga Blonde Ale, Pale Ale, Spain

Fabrica Cerveza MoritzMoritz was was easily the most polished of my beer destinations, and a bit touristy as compared to the other neighborhood beer bars. But I enjoyed the bottles of Moritz and the tapas on the extensive food menu.

Moritz Sign

Moritz brew

Moritz Front

Beers sampled:

  • Moritz, Pale Lager, Barcelona, Spain
  • Moritz Epidor, Imperial Pils, Barcelona, Spain

In addition to these notable Barcelona beer destinations, I also enjoyed:

  • A six-pack of Moritz cans in the hotel room.
  • Pints of Irish beer at The Temple Bar.
  • Cans of Estrella Damm across the street from Sagrada Familia and on Montserrat.
  • Draft Voll Damm with a lunch of tapas.

My Barcelona totals: 24 different brews at five beers bars, one brewpub and one brewery.

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