Cerveceria Oldenburg

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Type: Bar, Store

Calle Hartzenbusch , 12
Madrid, 28010

+34 914 48 23 41 | map

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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 07-05-2011

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

UPDATE: The old, tiny Oldenburg is no more. Only the new, bigger space remains. The focus is still on German and Belgian beers, but they would do well catching up with the American craft revolution.
Oldenburg is the oldest and arguably best of Madrid’s very few beer bars. Opened 25 years ago when quality beer was completely unheard of Spain, this tiny bar has consistently brought good beer from all over Europe and beyond to the heart of Madrid.

When I say tiny I really mean tiny. Oldenburg is all of 14 square meters (150 square feet), but it’s got enough room to feature 9 taps and 300 bottles. For this, the bar was included in the Guinness World Records Book as having the most variety of beer in the smallest space. This is the quintessential beer lover’s bar, with a ton of breweriana, stickers, hanging glassware, ads and taps. Necessarily cozy given the dimensions, this is also a place that fosters conversation, be it with the convivial bartender-owner or the patrons.

There are 9 taps at the bar, with 3 of them occupied by different varieties of Te Deum, Oldenburg’s own Belgian-style recipe brewed in Belgium by Brasserie Du Bocq. At the time of my visit there was a nice Christmas Bock featured on tap, as well as Schneider Weisse, Konig Pilsener, Krombacher, Schlosser Alt and a Kolsch. A bit too German for my taste, but the bottle selection here saves the day.

The bottle menu reminds me of the Beer Bible at Monk’s in Philadelphia, and it’s got a bit of everything for everyone. Lagers from Argentina, macros from Australia, obscure stuff from Belgium… they also have some rare bottles behind the bar the owner might let you buy or consume at the bar (bottled beer and glasses can be bought to take home).

The one thing missing here is quality craft beer from the USA. The guys behind Oldenburg are not yet aware of the American beer revolution, and so only Samuel Adams and Budweiser are available by the bottle. Hopefully this will change…

Quality is very high here, with clean lines, beautiful glassware and much care given to the business of beer. My only complaint would be the extravagant amount of head given (way too much in my opinion, even for a Belgian brew). Something involving yield and price is behind these huge heads.

A limited but tasty menu of German staples (smoked meat and fish, sausages, cured meats, salads) is served, at prices that seem a little high. The beer, though, is reasonably priced. Taps and bottles are around 4 euros, not bad for quality stuff.

All in all, this is a must for beer lovers in Madrid, in a neighborhood full of good bars.

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Cerveceria Oldenburg in Madrid, Spain
4.05 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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