December ’92. While Barcelona was recovering from its post-Olympic hangover, one young man was getting ready to open what was to become a beer institution: the Cerveseria Jazz. Almost a quarter of a century later, Àlex Camacho is still behind the bar cooking up some of the best hamburgers in the city with the same patience and enthusiasm as when he talks about beer. The Jazz was a founding member of the Humulus Lupulus association and Steve’s Academy, and its walls are full of history – and not just of music, but of beer as well.
Barcelona is getting a reputation as one of the top cities in Spain (and, dare we say, beyond) for craft beer. Even some in beer-proud Madrid will tell you that Barcelona is the place to be for great brew. This is a city with such huge aficionados of craft beer that they make that special combo of water, malt, hops and barley their cause – to the extent that there are tours of breweries, social networks devoted to craft beer, and you can even use apps like Untappd and websites such as BeerAdvocate, and RateBeer to seek out the latest barrel or bottle, including both local and imported products. Come along as we show you around the city’s top spots for the craft beer you crave.
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