Barcelona Beer Festival 2013
The artisanal beer fest is back, bigger than before and out to convert nonbelievers to the cause
An artisan festival
According to Miquel Rius, one of the BBF organisers, 'We provide dedicated professionalism', and he adds that they are especially proud to serve up a quality gourmet product. 'It's not about drinking litres, but about becoming familiar with a high-quality product.'
The facts: 300 different types of craft beer will be served in rotation from the bar's 50 taps. It will be an all-star affair, with 70 of the 300 from foreign brewers, and the rest, Catalan and Spanish, many of them being tasted for the first time in the country. 'The festival will be akin to a living thing,' predicts Rius. 'Beers that are served on Friday will be changed each day following."
And don't miss out thinking your budget won't bear it: most brands will run between just €2 and €3. The same goes for the tapas supplied by the restaurant La Lola (Spanish omelette, potato salad, mini jacket potatoes); the dishes brought to you by La Viandateca (a type of veal stew with chickpeas called capipota, meatballs with curry); pasties from Moncho's; sweet or savoury crepes from La Creperie; and an assortment of Asturian cheeses. And purists, don't panic: 'The beers will be served at three different temperatures', Rius assures, with careful attention paid to the ideal service for each beer, and pulled by staff who are well trained in pouring a glass on tap.
Most important, we're told, is the micro-universe of bonhomie and knowledge sharing the festival creates. "What's great about craft beer is that it's so easy to meet the crafters. And when you do, you know exactly what you're drinking," Rius says.