El placer de la cerveza
One of Madrid’s strongest points is the love that each and every one of its waiters have for beer, as you can see in the dedication they show when pouring the cañas. In a normal caña, the visitor can find a sufficient source of pleasure but, if you would like to go deeper into the world of beer, there is a huge list of breweries with the best beers from around the world, whether it is on tap or in a bottle or even brewed by themselves.
Open in 2012, Fábrica Maravillas, in the heart of Malasaña (Calle Valverde, 29), is a good starting point. It is not common in Madrid to find beer made by the bar where you are drinking it but it does happen in this modern place owned by a Frenchman from Brittany who is a huge beer lover. It is an excellent chance to sample this ancient drink made at home, with different intensities, aromas and graduations that make it a highly stimulating experience.
In Chamberí, close to the lively Plaza de Olavide, there is also a couple of good bars such as Nueva Oldenburg or Kloster, located right in front. In the former they have a wide range of German beers that can be accompanied by traditional sausages; in the latter, they offer generous tapas with each beer in a pleasant setting (with an exotic Christmas decoration all year long) to sample delicious beers such as Erdinger, light and flavourful at the same time.
In the no less lively street of Calle Argumosa in the Lavapiés district, is another bar that specialises in quality beers, with excellent offers on tap: El Pedal. They stage tastings every month and have a terrace that is ideal to enjoy its intense drinks by the street.
And for those that would like to enjoy beer in intimacy, there are many beer shops that have a surprising variety on offer: Cervezorama (Calle San Andrés, 29), Más que cervezas (Calle León, 32) and La Tienda de la Cerveza (Calle Ruda, 32, in La Latina) to mention just three of them.
Photo: Arkangel vía Wikimedia Commons. Licencia CC 2.0 Generic.