Thursday, August 1, 2013

BirraSo - Microbrews and Music Festival in Poble Espanyol

This morning I discovered another beer festival - they're popping up all over the place these days, a far cry from the early days when there were 2 or 3 that you could find somewhere within driving distance over the course of the year. This festival is called BirraSo - (loose translation is "Beer and Sound"). The inaugural edition will take place September 6 and 7 in Poble Espanyol in Barcelona from 6:00-10:00 pm. According to the website, it's going to feature two nights of great soul, funk, garage rock and more. Truth be told I don't recognize any of the bands, but that's why we've got Internet, so I'll be searching for some of their songs so as not to appear like I'm only going to be there for the beer.

Which brings us to our next, and more important point (from my perspective, of course): The BEER. The provisional list of breweries is promising, with some of the most established local breweries like CCM, Guineau (no link for you, you guys still owe us 35 euros worth of ambar malt...2+ years and counting), Fort and Steve's, a product of the godfather of the Catalan microbrew revolution Steve Huxley. Also making appearances from the Iberian Peninsula we have Naparbier, and foreign representation from Switzerland (Bad Attitude), Holland (De Molen), the UK (Brew Dog) and the USA (Anderson Valley).

But more than just sampling some of the fine local and not-so-local beers, there will also be brewing workshops, and the website suggests there will be more information/surprises coming along over the next month.

Tickets are 20 euros in advance and 25 at the door.

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