As one of the world’s biggest beer producers, Spain has plenty to offer microbrewery fans. Valencia in particular is a place where local produce is a big deal, and people care about what goes into their food and drink – so it’s no surprise to find that the city is home to plenty of small breweries and craft beer bars that specialising in brews from both near and far. Here’s our pick of the best.
In the heart of the old town, not far from the Serrano towers, Beers & Travels is an unusual bar with a slightly odd name. It started life as a travel agency focused on arranging beer tasting trips (dubbed ‘beercations’) around Europe, and has since evolved into a craft beer tasting room with a changing selection from local breweries. If you want to try a bit of everything on offer, the owners can happily arrange a tasting session.
Carrer dels Serrans 19, València, Spain, +34 963 91 51 42
Visitors arriving in Valencia by rail will be happy to hear that there’s a craft beer bar just a few steps outside of the station in the form of Blue Moon. This shiny, modern, central bar between the town hall square and the Estació del Nord train station is a bit smarter in appearance than others on this list, but it has plenty of interesting beers on tap all under the American Blue Moon label. In fact this is the first (and so far only) bar in Europe selling the brand – which some would describe as “crafty” rather than truly “craft” beer. Try an IPA or Pils with one of Blue Moon’s huge, messy burgers. Despite the central location, prices are no higher than at other craft beer bars and the crowd is a good mix of locals and tourists.
This authentic American bar and restaurant brings a love of craft beer all the way from Oregon, USA, where the owner is originally from. Decorated with recycled wood and always showing some kind of sports on the TV screens, Portland Ale House is packed every night with a mix of Valencians and expats who come to enjoy the seasonal selection of craft beers and a food menu including burgers stuffed with jalapeños, plates of nachos and huge slabs of banoffee pie. As well as weekly language exchange and quiz nights, they also host special events such as Super Bowl Sunday and a Thanksgiving dinner for Valencia’s homesick American residents living in and around the very international Ruzafa area.