Located in the El Raval neighborhood, Ølgod is about a 20-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. Funky neighborhood, Moroccan restaurants, fruit markets, handmade clothing and jewelry stores. Wish I had more time to explore.
Bar was empty when I walked in (about 4pm on a Monday). I was greeted immediately by the bartender, Alex, who was very friendly and had a cool, relaxed vibe. The bar is a slab of poured concrete, lined with stools. There are 30 taps against the white-tiled wall; a chalkboard above lists the beers. Only about half of the taps were in service, as the bar had just hooked up a bunch of new beers and would only serve them when they reached the proper temperature, according to Alex. There are tables and sofas available, a very comfy and casual scene. Cool artwork adorns the walls. Although I did not indulge, the food menu had sandwiches, hummus, veggie burger, nachos, guac and chips, sushi, salads and patatas bravas.
Alex was knowledgeable about beer and was quick with the samples. I mentioned that I was only interested in Spanish beer, and he had great suggestions, including Edge Brewing Co.’s Sangria Sour, Space Coast Session IPA, and Padrino Porter; Omnipollo’s Olympus Mons, a double IPA; and a collaboration between Fort BC and Soma BC called Passion for Gose. That was so good, I ordered a 12-oz draft and loved it; sour, dry on the palette, fruit is present but not sweet, a perfect summer brau in my opinion. Next, I went for the Space Coast which had a nice bitter edge and medium++ mouthfeel, proving that session IPAs need not be wimpy. Finally, I circled back to the Padrino Porter, which was excellent (see review under Edge Brewing, Barcelona).