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A few weeks ago marked my one year anniversary in Barcelona. Along with running to a bazillion different places to get the documents for renewing my Student Residence Card, I joined the Triptrotting crowd for the Happy Hour at the Moritz brewery.
Given the location of the brewery, and the general atmosphere, I’m really quite surprised that none of us has been here before. It had a miniature German beer hall feeling with its open spaces, mixed with that cool Barcelona gin & tonic bar lighting and décor, and topped off with a sprinkling of history. It’s a great place to be and somewhere that’s a bit more sophisticated, roomier, and cleaner than your typical watering holes in the city. My type of place, in other words.
I arrived a tad late by German standards and a tad early by Spanish standards as Ann and Marc (our Triptrotting advisors) stressed that we’re going in at 7:30pm and I didn’t want to miss the tour or the drinking. After a few minutes chatting with the crowd outside while waiting for the last few stragglers, we headed in and were seated next to the glass partition that separates the open kitchen from the dining/drinking areas. There’s also a few standing areas for those looking for a quick drink. Given how crowded it was shortly after we arrived, it seems like getting a seat here would not be easy without reservations. Shortly after we were seated, we were served with some refreshing, ice-cold beer, which as it turns out, comes directly from the brewery downstairs.
The tour started after our drinks, and while the exterior was discreet and doesn’t conjure up images of German breweries, it turns out this was originally a Moritz factory that had been closed for more than 30 years for various reasons. It was renovated in 2004 by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel that seamlessly combined the original brick structure with modern steel and glass touches. He also played around with light, such as a few carefully placed mirrors in the basement windows to allow more light into the basement and also for the passerby to see what’s happening in the basement.
And speaking of basement, this is where the beer we consumed was produced. Moritz only produces beer here to feed the consumption of the beer hall and restaurant, so the brewery was rather petite in stature. That also meant more basement area, which will soon host a higher end restaurant and also hidden in the deep corners of the basement, an open area that is open for rental and can be used for cultural affairs.
The visit was a not-so-subtle reminder of how little I still know about Barcelona despite being here for a full year. Despite the location being only a few blocks away from Plaza Catalunya, it was not packed with tourists and the locally brewed beer a welcoming upgrade from most bars.
We didn’t have any food there, so it is likely that I’ll return at some point to see how the food measures up. The Triptrotting crowd was also fantastic. Marc and Ann did admirably to keep the rest of us entertained, waltzing around different groups to engage in conversations. The crowd was also extremely internationalized from several conversations I overheard, not only making it easier to communicate but also to add to the experience as well.
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