Barcelona Beer Festival
Despite appearances Barcelona has a thriving artisan beer community bubbling up just under the surface. If you look carefully and head away from the main tourist track you can find some truly unique and exceptional bars with their own brands on tap like BierCaB and CatBar.
The Barcelona Beer Festival is a celebration of the small independent brewer with more than 300 different types of craft beer on offer over the course of the weekend. The beer is the star of the show here and don’t expect hoards of drunken revellers, as the clientèle will be of a more discerning nature who will sup and taste the nectar.
Most of the beers will be from Spain or the local Catalan area so you will be able to get a taste of what they like here. The brewers and other connoisseurs are more than happy to chat and each sample is usually between 2 and 3 Euros so you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy the festival.
Also in the hall will be stalls from some of the local restaurants serving up tasty tapas and delicious dishes which should all compliment the beers and help keep your energy levels up. The food is also very reasonably priced whether you are looking for a quick snack or a full sit down dinner.
Surprisingly, the Barcelona Beer Festival is only in its third year but so far has not found a permanent home. This year it is being held at the Maritime Museum, which is not far from the sea front, and the nearest metro station is Drassanes.
Once you have finished sampling the delights of craft beers, not far away is the start of La Rambla, which has plenty of places to eat large and small. But if you are looking for something a little different why not try Suculent on Rambla del Raval for some tasty food with a Mediterranean flavour and a welcoming Spanish atmosphere.