We have already talk about surprising vermouth on tap route and about wine tasting in Madrid, but beer is the new trend in the city. Beer has been always a summer drink for Spaniards, but now with the boom of the handmade beer it has become a tendency. There are several local handcrafted beers and breweries, so let’s forget Sangria and revive the city thirst with the Craft Brewery Route… But first some fact you need to know about…
How to order a Beer in a Bar in Madrid?
First of all, beer in Spain is sold by the type of glass. This is why locals always say “Ponme una caña” instead of “A beer please”. Caña is the smallest glass where beer is served, is less than 10 oz. If you need something bigger to quench your thirst ask for a “tubo” around 10 ounces or a “jarra” meaning a jar, tankard, mug, stein or pint. Also you can as for a “botella” or “botellín”, meaning “bottle” containing 10 ounces and “small bottle” 6 ounces.
The best breweries in Madrid
Now that you know what means “going out for a caña” let take a giant strike into the beer route in Madrid. Besides our suggestions, try Platea Madrid the new gastronomic space in the city and its two breweries.
Everybody agrees, Naturbier is the place to be is you like beer in Madrid. This German-style beer hall has different areas for different type of clients, a terrace on the street where drinking while staring to the people passing by, two room with music in the ground and the upper level, and a dungeon. The underground room is the most popular one, since each table has its own tap.
Plaza de Santa Ana, 9. 28012 Madrid.
Take the Metro Madrid and get out in Antón Martín or Sol station.
Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to midnight.
In Fabrica Maravillas, they define themselves as the only mini brewery in Madrid. They are located in Las Maravillas boroughs, another way to call the trendiest quarter of Malasaña. La Fabrica Maravillas has a variety of handcraft beers with exotic names, like, Malasaña Ale a rye pale ale, FL(ipa) a spicy beer, or Imperial Stout a dense black beer. The bar is really nice creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a good beer.
Calle Valverde, 29. 28004 Madrid.
Take the subway to Gran Via Station and then walk a couple block in the Valverde Street.
Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to midnight.
The name is a double entendre meaning at the same time a pedal and local way to call a booze-up. This brewery is located in the famous Lavapies borough. It is handle by three young guys who love drinking and making beer. They have their own handmade beer, but also sale beer from around the world.
Calle de Argumosa, 33. 28012 Madrid.
Take the subway to Lavapies Station and then walk a four block in the Argumosa Street.
Monday close. Tuesday to Thurday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.