Sunday, August 12, 2012
best bar in Iceland, Micro Bar
what if I told you that in downtown Reykjavík is small place, a really small place, a hole in the wall kind of place just off the main square, and in that tiny little bar you can have most of the Icelandic micros on tap and about 80-100 foreign craft and rare bottles? Impressive danish import and belgian stuff, most of the BrewDog line, and many more. Yes, this magical place exists, and is a love child of Gæðingur in the north of Iceland, and they have formed a flawless relationship with the best beer importer in Iceland, Járn og Gler.
The interiors are industrial and good looking, same artist that designed the label has designed the wall art, and what makes this place even more interesting is that this is a hotel bar, and belongs to City Hotel in downtown Reykjavík. Imagine all those trips you took as a beer nerd and in almost every country and every town the hotel bar served you up with a bottle of Heineken or the local macro swill.
The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable but foremost they really care about the bar and the business which is a rare thing nowadays.
Being the number one outlet that Gæðingur has in the capital, they are mostly focused on them on draft, which is a good thing, because Gæðingur brew really good beers, and to have them on tap is fantastic. They also serve the other micros, Ölvisholt and Kaldi, and rotate some of the taps. The main concept was to open up a bar that did not serve any macros, after Gæðingur was simply bullied out of the bar market in Reykjavik, a market dominated by the two big macros, Vífilfell and Egils. The only downfall of this is that Micro will probably never serve Borg beers, because Egils are the owners, but hey, Gæðingur brew pretty decent stuff and the Pale Ale, the IPA´s and the Stout are simply world class!
They are now brewing two IPA´s which they rotate and tap. Tumi Humall, a 65 IBU 6.5% big session and a smaller one, 50 IBU 5.6% Humallína which I have yet to sample. Their Pale Ale is simply world class, an unfiltered cloudy glass of hoppy goodness which packs a punch considering the very low alcohol percentage.
A visit to this small but remarkable place is a must if you are in town