A Barcelona food blog
For those of us Brits who love our new Catalan home or visiting city yet at the same time hanker after the familiarity and flavours of home, we should look no further than La Cervesera Artesana, a Gràcia based microbrewery which produces beers to the traditional English brewing methods. As you pull open the wooden swing doors that comforting aroma of ale envelopes you and the carpet, a rare thing in Barcelona, brick, wood, brass and warmth provided sanctuary from the November (relative) cold and drizzle. Stepping in is reminiscent of being in your English local.
Forget India Pale Ale, as our acronym IPA is derived from, these guys are producing Iberian Pale Ale on site and what I understand to be a boil kettle and fermentation tank are seen behind glass at the back of the bar. For me beer is quite an ‘adult’ taste and one it’s taken me a while to acquire but both the negra and honey beers I’ve tasted previously were fantastic. Sadly, that negra black beer which I so enjoyed last time wasn’t available so we went for the lighter rubia blond beer. At 3.10€ for a half pint this is not cheap, yet as with all artesan produce I believe you get what you pay for. They also stock a wide range of bottled beers and ciders including our native Newcastle Brown Ale along with Basque beers and those from across the globe. If you’ve had your fill of Estrella Damm and Moritz and are looking for something a little different or are a beer connoisseur frustrated by the lack of availability elsewhere in the city this is paradise. The fusion with Catalonia comes with the food. This may feel like an English boozer but there’s no sausage and mash or pub grub going on here, rather creative takes on Catalan cuisine. On this occasion I didn’t eat but in the past have enjoyed the patatas bravas, mil fulles de botifarra negra i patata which was thin layers of potato with Catalan black pudding, beer roasted chicken pieces and pebrots del piquillo farcits which are small red peppers stuffed with salt cod. I know of few friends who are aware of this bar, yet it’s a hidden gem especially for the coming winter months, tucked away just away from the huge junction that is Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia and Gran de Gràcia. Make a point of getting that coat, hat and brolly on and be sure to seek it out.
La Cervesera Artesana, C/Sant Agustí ,14, Gràcia.