Craft Beer Emerges in Spain’s Barcelona

While drinking domestic beers, most are lagers or pilsners, most of us just think, “hey, this is what I grew up with”. This is drastically changing around the globe. At first the term, “microbrew”, was heard in beer crowds as the new thing. They were pricey and hard to come by. Times have changed in the beer community and now we have access to thousands of different flavors and original recipes popping up everywhere. The term, “microbrew”, no longer applies. Craft beer is the new term as it defines the true meaning. Brewers are crafting the beers on a large scale, not a micro scale.

I have attended close to 55 beer festivals in my time and visited breweries in Poland, Germany, USA, Spain, Greece and Dominican Republic. And through the years, I am more impressed with the quality and recipes brewers are creating. The USA has the ability to really explode some amazing flavors, such as the ones I have tasted abroad. It is a matter of getting the customer to change their ways of mundane repetition. Working in wine and beer retailers in the USA, I learned that the average customer drinks the same beer or wine every week. It is the go-to. There is nothing wrong with buying what you know to be safe, but who wants to do that forever? Sounds boring.

A few years ago, I moved to sunny and charming Barcelona, Spain. I decided to retire from the corporate life and start my own wine and craft beer tours. My first goal was to find an established craft brewery that produced quality and delicious beers in Barcelona. Of course, I had to undertake many mandatory tastings before I would partner. Or so, I told myself they were mandatory. Barcelona Wine and Beer Experience tour company was then born.

The really cool thing, is that many of the employees at the breweries in Barcelona, are from all over the globe. I have met brewers from Spain, Italy, USA, UK, Ireland, Russia and Romania. Many of them gained the knowledge and skill in their home countries. Similar to chefs in 5 diamond restaurants. They come together to create works of art. Blacklab Brewery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Blackwave craft beer is a dark ale that was aged for 10 months in a whiskey barrel that came from the Evan Williams distillery in Kentucky, USA. This beer was at a spiking 10% ABV. The taste was complex with hints of molasses, cinnamon, char and oak. It would be a beer that old sailors would drink on the high seas during a storm. Edge Brewing’s Triple Virgin Cherries is a collaboration with Belgium brewer Gunther Bensch of Biir Brewing. This Belgium Tripel beer is made with kilos of ripe Barcelona cherries. At 7.7%, you feel satisfied that you are enjoying a fruity Belgium beer while not loosing out. I was told by one of the brewers at Edge, that the beer has some champagne presence to it. This beer took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting a fruit beer to taste this flavorful and robust. Sweet and sour notes.

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Working with both of these breweries, I have learned to respect the beer business more than ever. They work hard to bring the guests the best possible product and they are proud of it. Cheers to them!

For a limited time, Barcelona Wine and Beer Experience is offering 40% OFF on Craft Beer Tours in Barcelona. The beer tour is combined with a 45 minute historic walking tour before arriving at the brewery. By the time we arrive, you will be thirsty for that beer. For more info, please visit us online at www.bcnwineandbeerexp.com or email us at daniel@bcnwineandbeerexp.com . Don’t be thirsty in Barcelona!

 

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The Barcelona Wine and Beer Experience – a venture in motion

For some time now at seems, whenever I hopped on a plane and set out to see the world, I, at some point, would end up in Barcelona. Whether it was one of many trips to Europe or even the trip to Asia I took. I visited Bali, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and for some reason, at the end, took a flight through Moscow (where they serve vodka with your meal at the airport Burger King) to Barcelona where I stayed for 3 months. It was only the year before that I was sitting at a table eating dinner with some friends in Barcelona and came up with the idea for the tour.

My idea was unique – a tour that offered a short historic walking tour along the route to either a craft brewery or wine class at a vinoteca (wine shop). This combined the learning experience of the walking tour with a unique tasting. So far, the wine classes in the city were either very expensive 90€ or they were out of the city at a winery. The beer tours did not exist at all. There are only a few breweries in the city and only Moritz offered a tour but they are so large in the region that they do not need outside help. So I searched and found my locations. This was 2 years ago and I have more then tripled the amount of bookings in the second year! 🙂

The wine tasting class is taught by a certified wine expert in Spain. The wines are hand selected from great vintages to provide an amazing Barcelona Wine Experience and paired with local cheeses and olives. This vinoteca is exclusive to the tour and not offered to the general public. The tour starts in Placa Catalunya and after a 20 min history walk, we arrive for the tasting class. The class is offered for 1 – 30 people and there is a discount on 6 or more. We meet at 7pm or 19hr in the placa.

The brewery tour was specific to craft beers which is the new and popular thing in the beer world. There can be anywhere between 12 – 20 beers on tap and a few guest brews. The owner has been brewing beer for 12 years now and hails from the US. I applaud his courage with moving here to Barcelona and starting his own brewery. At the beer tour, you will learn the fun and crazy story about him brewing beer in his flat prior to starting the brewery. The brewery beer styles range from sours, IPAs, lagers, stouts, wheats, fruit wheats, APAs and pilsners, which are one of my favorites. We start the tour at Arc de Triomf and cruise by the Santa Maria Basilica and the Born Cultural Center where you are free to take pictures and learn about the old roman city. The walk is around 20-30 min before we end up at the tasty and refreshing brewery in Barcelona.

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Barcelona Craft Beer Tour – Barcelona Wine and Beer Experience

and yes, females are welcome, this is just a great pic.

I truly feel this experience is a unique one to Barcelona when tasting local creations and learning the culture. Book Now!

Now as I write this, I must say that wine, beer and spirits(liquor) have been an interest and tasting hobby of mine for many years. I have visited thee Bacardi factory in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Brugal factory in Puerta Plata, DR, the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, US, Mondavi wineries in Napa, US and other smaller distillers in Boston, Greece, Barcelona, Prague, Mexico and Berlin. I have also mastered the art of making Bathtub Gin. In the last 2 years I was employed at 2 different wine and spirit retailers in Las Vegas. My knowledge has grown and now I bring that to you.

Summer is going strong so book your spot now!