Monday, December 30, 2013

Biercab - A Dream Come True for Beer Aficionados

By Javier Castillo - December/30/2013

Imagine a place with 30 glorious beers from around the world, crisp, cold and on tap. Image this place with another 400 or so varieties of bottled beers. Now, imagine this place warmly lit, cozy, friendly and with some awesome tapas that pair perfectly with whichever cold one you are knocking back. If dreams do come true for beer aficionados, then Biercab is one of them. The “cab” in Biercab, upon talking to owner and principal barkeep Manuel Baltasar, means “Cervezas Artesanas de Barcelona”. I thought it was a reference to the form of transportation I might have to take home after a few pints. In any regard, Biercab is the kind of place you want to be at with your colleagues after a hard days’ work. Go ahead, loosen that tie. It’s the kind of place you want to be at while your significant other is busy shopping away somewhere close by. It’s the kind of place you want to be at altogether. 



Inaugurated September 2013, this gastro-pub has been an instant hit since opening its doors. “I want to create a unique space where people can come and enjoy great and unique beers from all over the world and also provide some food offerings that compliment and go elegantly with them” says Manuel when I ask him about his beer and food selections. Having been there now on several occasions, some of my favorite tapas are the homemade Croquetas and the Patatas Bravas, which come in a shape, taste and presentation that I haven’t seen in any other restaurant in Barcelona. Highly recommended. Another interesting sight are the two giant plasma screens behind the bar. The screens - according to Manuel - were imported from The United States and display the 30 beers on tap - providing information about each one, such as origin, alcohol content and price. And if social networks are your forte, if you check in on Foursquare or post to Instagram or twitter, your pretty profile picture will scroll at the top of the screens - for everyone’s delight. As for beers, the choices are endless and its quite certain you will need assistance or recommendations from the helpful and knowledgeable staff. Remember, these guys breath and live this stuff. Want a nice IPA from England? They have it. Want a chocolatey American Stout? Done. There is a plethora of offerings to quench any thirst or craving. So here’s to the beers of the world and the wonderful places that offer them. Salud!

Biercab
Address: Muntaner 55
08011 Barcelona, Spain
+34 644 68 90 45

Hours: 
Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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