BLACK LAB BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN, BARCELONA SPAIN
We discovered the BlackLab Brewhouse + Kitchen in Barcelona during our trip in January this year (2015) and were lucky enough to meet the brewer and owner Matt during our visit. Matt is an ex-pat from Duluth MN. that brought his love for beer with him when he moved to Barcelona. The location is on the NE side of the Meseu d’Historia de Catalunya building on the Barcelona waterfront and recently opened, so the inside is somewhat ‘modern’ in style, with minimal decorations and vibe. There is outdoor seating and plenty of indoor space at the bar and restaurant rooms. The menu is somewhat of a cross between Asian-fusion and pub food. We ordered some fries and they were hot, spicy, and delicious. They offer tastings of any of their beers (which they only had 2 of their own as they had just opened a few weeks prior and their brewing equipment was not there yet) and any of the guest taps they have. The super friendly servers/bar tenders speak English, Spanish and a variety of other languages and love chatting with the customers. This really does make this place friendly and easy to hang out in.
As this location did just open, and Matt, the brewer/owner is still waiting for their equipment to arrive, the beers were done in collaboration at another local brewery. With there only being a few other microbreweries in Barcelona, it’s a small community to join that is expected to grow once the local laws become easier to deal with. We chatted with Matt about the local scene and laws and he said that there is no real word in Barcelona for “brewery” within the government regulations, so by law they have to either call themselves a “fabrication” (factory) or a kitchen/restaurant that makes soup. He is hopeful that the situation will change over time with the regulations and laws regarding brewing for the better.
Overall, we had a great time at this brewery and wish them the best of luck!