George Wright Brewing of Liverpool can hold its head up high in respect of their Spanish ambassador, Steve Huxley (RIP), who championed craft beer progression mainly in Catalonia. Indeed, their “Steve’s Brave New Beer” was mostly imported to Spain, where Steve’s reputation proceeds him, even after death at the of October 2015. We found out about him at the Garage Bar, who have been brewing their own beer for just over a year, having been inspired by Steve’s tutelage.
Sadly, Steve’s Best Bitter is not available in either the Garage or Pork, “on account of him being dead,” we were told. “Time!” was being called by Steve’s spirit. The Garage IPA, 4.9°, is worth a glass or two, as is their craft lager – there’s certainly no reason to exile the brewer from Iberia for a year, which was a previous fate of Steve’s.
For some strange reason the craft torch carried by Steve has been passes on to another British giant, Brewdog, who now have a pub in Barcelona. Run out of discussion topics to leave or stay in the EU? No problemo – play dice Jenga with your ruby-coloured craft lager.
My friends Nigel, George, and Martin did not resort to the local method of deciding pub games with a fight. Unlike in the previous bar we were in, where two domino contestants ended up displaying their retired fists. Still, the fun of the day wasn’t over yet, when we wandered through a steel-rods fight in the lanes of the old town late last night.
We started at Bier Cab – where there were 3 local Barcelona beers on tap, amongst Catalonian, Iberian and other great European craft ales. It rightly has a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Trip Advisor… highly recommended, as are all of the bars and beers enjoyed.