Post originally published in BARCELONA FOOD EXPERIENCE
ALL BEGAN IN 2013
My story with Edge Brewing goes back quite some time. I remember perfectly when back in 2013 Barcelona Food Experience told me about a new brewery in Poblenou, similar to what we had seen on our visits during to the US. It feels like yesterday, but since then there are many liters of happiness that have been fermented in their facilities at C / Llull, 62.
THE ORIGINS: TWO AMERICAN BREWING CRAFT BEER IN POBLE NOU
Edge Brewing began as an entrepreneurial adventure of two Americans, Scott Vanover and Alan Sheppard, who literally brought a factory in their suitcase, although in this case they needed no less than six cargo containers. Equipment designed in the US, hops imported from Yakima Valley (Washington) and kept fresh in a refrigeration chamber, and yeast from White Labs (San Diego, California). Mix it and magic happens.
EDGE BREWING, ONE OF THE MAIN PLAYERS IN BARCELONA’S CRAFT BEER SCENE
In a recent post we talked about BierCaB (BierCaB: Pour liquid dreams in a modernist district) and what it stands for in positioning Barcelona as a reference within the beer world map. There is no doubt that Edge, awarded in 2014 as the best new brewery in the world by Ratebeer users, could be added to that same platform. And the only thing we need to get there is a T-10 metrocard.
During these last years of the craft beer revolution where we’ve moved from training wheels to a pole position, Edge Brewing has remained as a leader on the scene. Together with Edge we have trained, we have grown and above all, we have had so much fun. And there is no stopping this train!
SOME CHANGES BUT THE SAME MAGIC
After the departure of the founding master brewer Alan Sheppard, Sean McLin arrived with his sensational beer festival shirt and left us with an excellent legacy of three years. And with his farewell, the dynasty and the success of Edge continues, because at the steering wheel is the current Head Brewer Riley Finnigan, a top catch from Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado).
Along with Riley there are other fundamental parts of the team such as Robin, Jofre and the most recent addition Linda, in addition to the rest of the team members. We are in luck, because the journey has only just begun and very exciting times are ahead.
AWARDED BEERS, TASTINGS, TOUR AND EGE EXPLORERS CLUB
Apart from its renowned and award-winning beers, Edge offers private tasting sessions and tours through the factory, which is a unique opportunity to know in detail what the brewing process consists of, the ingredients that are used and the main styles that are brewed. If you have never try a beer fresh from the fermenter, I don't know what you are waiting for.
Also may sure you keep tabs on the events and parties that take place in the tasting room (with an inner patio!). Now Edge also offers membership to their own club of beer lovers: Edge Explorers Club.
Since 2017, the Edge Brewing team is also one of the organizers of the most recent and exciting projects of our city, which is none other than the MASH festival.
MASH BEER FESTIVAL CO-HOSTS
MASH is being organized by Edge and the local beer brewery Garage Beer Co. (a post on them will be published soon), and this year the host will be nobody less than the importers and distributors Shelton Brothers. MASH is destined to become another of the reference festivals of our city and the rest of the country.
MASH festival will take place next October in Nau Bostik, and with the expectations being very high for this years edition I will certainly not miss it. Considered this as a heads up!
Adress: C / Llull, 62