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Barcelona Beer - Locals' Choice 2016

All right, so here we are again. Today I bring you the second post on this yearly series I started just last year, in order to make good recommendations to people living / coming to Barcelona with beer thirst. Since I have never liked to give my personal tastes too much importance when writing (i.e. no rating, no ranking) I came up with the idea to make a selection of good local beer, according to people I trust. Hence, the Barcelona Beer Locals' Choice -you can read more about how I organise the whole thing in the tab 'What to drink in Barcelona', from the menu above-.

"BBLC 2016 comprises a list of 21 local beers, carefully selected by trusted local drinkers".


Had I been asked about American beer 9 years ago, a few months before knowing that my first job would take me to live in Brussels, I would have likely said that beer in the United States had no interest at all, with as much audacity as ignorance allows. But just half a year later, I found out at Delirium Café that there were far more American beers than the ones I knew, after spechlessly skimming their 2,500 plus beer menu.

The first ones I drank were Anchor Steam Beer and its sister Liberty on tap, during my Honeymoon, in a fantastic seafood restaurant in the piers area of San Francisco. I was greatly impressed, and thought I had tried such local, unusual beer and that I would seldom have the opportunity to try it again. Time gives one perspective, indeed.

Barcelona Beer Challenge 2016 - Stats

Two months ago I wrote about the 2016 edition of the Barcelona Beer Festival. Today we are exactly eight weeks before its celebration on the weekend of March 4th to 6th. Hence, you can expect that I will do some promoting here in the blog. I promise to make it interesting, though.

It was in that same introductory entry in November that I talked about one of the main innovations for this year: Barcelona Beer Challenge (BBC), a beer contest. Today there's just a week left before closing the registration period, and we are very pleased with a participation level that complies with our more optimistic expectations. There is a good representation of beers from different geographic points, as well as a wide range of brewing styles according to the Beer Judge Certification Program standards.