Craft beer bars, once a rare find in Barcelona, have proliferated across the city in recent years and Ølgod in Raval is another great addition to the now extensive choice on offer.
With 30 taps to choose from, a choice of beer cocktails and even some delicious home made soft drinks there’s something for everyone no matter whether you want your IBV nearer 0% or 10%.
On a jumping Friday night in Raval with new friends and long time colleagues from the miniguide we worked our way through the menu during the Garage Beer ‘tap takeover’ month, look out for other breweries manning the taps as the guests change.
Our journey took us through the light summery, fruity flavours of ‘middle child’ to the incredibly surprising (and very strong) ‘no country’, which for a beer made with nomad coffee and flavours of local dessert crema catalana was an impressive balance of slightly bitter stout flavours and sweetness. Stopping along the way with the frankly challenging ‘fulcrum’ which none of us could take to, but will undoubtedly be much loved by the knowing connoisseur….of which sadly I’m not. Interestingly Garage are one of the few craft beer producers in the city to also produce in cans, perfect for that summer picnic.
Keeping the beer going down, along with the quality 80s disco-boogie DJ session soundtrack, were the wonderfully moreish smoked almonds, prepared with the in-house smoker out back. The same smoker which is responsible for the pastrami, smoked brisket and smoked seitan sandwiches and plates, which along with other pica pica and snacks are served throughout the day. I’d already eaten dinner but after stealing a bite off another punter who saw me looking longingly at his brisket sandwich, I will definitely be in line for one of these sandwiches in future.
Ølgod, C/Hospital 74, Raval