I expected it, but I still felt kind of awkward when I entered Fábrica Maravillas—the other patrons were also Americans. We are slowly taking over Malasaña, aren’t we? Fábrica Maravillas had been on my “to do” list for quite some time. I had it pinned and everything.
Fábrica Maravillas is a craft brew pub which opened in 2012 in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood, home to all things modern and hipster. They state their mission as being “the production of high quality, fresh craft beer to satiate the demand of Madrileños” while also educating them about the world of craft beer. Madrid is home to Mahou, founded in 1890, a mass-produced beer found in almost every bar in the form of a caña, a small glass of beer. Served cold, it’s drinkable, if not exactly delicious or high quality. Madrid is a few years behind cities in the U.S. with regards to craft brewing and artisanal beer, but it’s slowly catching up, hipster bar by hipster bar.
The place is a bit small, but it’s nice and cool—so stop by in the heat of Madrid’s long summer afternoons for one of their delicious beers, served in the form of caña, half pint, or full pint (priced accordingly).
You will be asked if you want a snack. Choose from olives, peanuts, or potato chips. (I always go for olives.)
The beers are listed behind the bar. Right now, the beers listed are:
This is a blond ale, similar to Germany’s Weißbier. It has an ABV of 5.7% and IBU of 27. I tried this, and I really liked it. Of course, nothing compares to drinking Weißbier in Munich!
Mario tried this one and really loved the fruity notes. It’s a rye pale pale with an ABV of 5.4% and IBU of 45.
The picture above is of this beer, a nicely spicy IPA with notes of malt. It’s a bit stronger, with an ABV of 7.0% and IBU of 74.
Bière de Garde
Perhaps the prettiest color of them all, you can see this beer in the picture below on the right side. This was a refreshing take on the French style, with an ABV of 6% and IBU of 24.
From L-R: Saison Valverde, Malasaña Ale, and Bière de Garde
The great thing about a craft brewery such as this one is that every so often they’ll come out with a new flavor or experience, so you should stop in frequently to see what’s on tap that day!
C/ Valverde 29
+34 915 218 753
Hours: M – F 6 p.m. – midnight, Saturday – Sunday 1 p.m. – midnight
What’s your favorite craft brew in Spain?
Related: Check out my post on my favorite craft brew, Domus.