Craft beer locations in Madrid are rearing their heads in the capital city of the world’s largest producer of wine. So put down your glass of wine and enjoy a perfected drink at any of these top locations.
A small and cosy ‘pub’ open from 6pm on weekdays, and from 12.30pm at the weekend. Taps a-flowing since 2012, it attracts a good cohort of locals and the atmosphere is jovial. Five of the beers here are brewed on the premises, in the Maravillas neighbourhood, and two rotate regularly. Maravillas also has a splendid food market open on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, worth combining with a visit. www.fabricamaravillas.com
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At Plaza de Santa Ana, in the heart of the city, you can stumble upon a well-preserved 18th-century edifice inside which, since 1986, is Naturbier. Here, there are two organic lagers on tap, one blonde and the other toasted. They serve Estrella Galicia, as well as excellent Spanish wines and a selection of bottled beers. They recommend a cols tapa on the side too. There are still many clients who come to visit what was once a beer factory of great renown across Madrid. From the outdoor terrace, which is open until midnight all year round, to your left you can see the ancient Teatro Español, and to your right the old Hotel Reina Victoria, where famous bullfighters used to stay. A historic little nook indeed. www.naturbier.es
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This Malasaña-located, and therefore lively, central and hip tapas bar has a great food menu and an impressive seven rotating taps matched by a large selection of international bottled craft beers. The latter include gluten and alcohol-free options, as well as, for instance, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout (Imperial) and Sierra Nevada Torpedo (Extra IPA). Food-wise, the cheese or Bellota ham board are excellent accompaniments to beer sampling which, by the way, you can ask to take away (a.k.a. ‘Tape Away’) if you fancy a stroll in the sun with one. www.latape.com
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