When you get the urge for a cold, frothy beer, does your palate cry out for something more interesting, complex and challenging than those omnipresent, industrial Spanish brands? If so, then citywide there is an ever growing number of bars which offer their own in house brews or a broad range of taps and bottled blends.
Conjuring up their own fermentations, at La Cervesera Artesana you can see the brewing equipment in action as you sip their Iberian Pale Ale or one of their dark, blond or honey beers. The fridges are well stocked with a selection of bottled ales and ciders from around the globe and you can graze on bar snacks which show their take on Catalan classics.
In the tunnel of beer heaven that is Ale & Hop there is an often-changing menu of barrel beers and shelves and fridges of bottles. Here there is an added pull for vegetarian beer connoisseurs as a vegetable-based menu of bar snacks and dishes are offered. As in each of these locales, the eye-wateringly high alcohol content of some of their beers means a bit of food would be a good idea before a sampling session.
La Cerveteca offers a dazzling, cross-continental selection of bottled and draft ales; take-out by bottle or from the taps is also available. For those wishing to refine their knowledge, they offer tasting courses and for real aficionados they can even arrange quotes for beer tours.
The George & Dragon, easily dismissed in passing as “just another English bar,” boasts 20 taps with beers from specific breweries they are loyal to in Germany, the US, Belgium, the UK and Norway, not to mention three from here in Catalunya. Even their menu is one more likely to be found in a Spanish bar than typical English pub fayre.
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