Thursday, March 6, 2014

TWO TRIPS TO LA CERVATECA - BARCELONA

When I got word that I was going to "have" to be in Barcelona, Spain for a week of work last week, I figured there'd be some tapas and hard work involved, but that I'd also have to find some time to sneak over to LA CERVETECA, the city's longtime premier beer bar, if only for a few minutes. Turns out I had not one bite of tapas whilst there, and hey, the work really wasn't too bad - but yeah, of course I made it to Cerveteca - I had to! I spent portions of 4 of my 5 nights there last time I was in Barcelona in 2010; this time, with an explosion of new craft beer options in the city having taken place the past four years, I "only" made it there twice, and instead spent two other evenings at different establishments.

LA CERVETECA is both a store and a bar, with about 8 taps that rotate in both Spanish craft ales, Belgians, and the odd weirdo UK or US beer. It's located in the Barri Gothic, or gothic quarter, which means that it's pretty much smack in the middle of the coolest and most interesting part of Barcelona. Tourists like me probably go there, but I'd assume it's mostly beer tourists, and every time I've gone there it's seemed like it was only boisterous groups of Spanish regulars, couples and groups of friends that were there. Fantastic vibe, and incredible bottled beer selection, if somewhat "small" by modern American beer emporium standards. Here are a few photos I snapped there.
Some cool-looking Spanish beer that I didn't have room in my suitcase for.


Yep, they had this one too.

Beers from Italy's LOVERBEER, with phenomenal labels.

This is a glass of LA PIRATA's "Suria", an American-style pale ale from a Spanish brewer. Tons of hops, much closer to a pine-drenched IPA. I give it a 7/10.

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