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La Birreria in Andorra: A Beer Lover’s Heaven

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When we discovered La Birreria in Andorra la Vella’s medieval center, it was quite a surprise. Tiny Andorra sits between two famous wine producing countries and its tax-free status makes wine incredibly cheap. Truth be told, it hadn’t even occurred to us to look for a local beer during our visit.

I’m embarrassed to admit that we didn’t think that a country so tiny would produce microbrews. SMH.

Glass of amber beer with a bottle of Alpha next to it. Text overlay says La Birreria - a unique shop in Andorra.

We decided to spend an afternoon in Andorra la Vella, the country’s capital (and one and only city). We ended up in the oldest part of the city, drawn in by centuries old buildings and sidewalks that were way too small for delivery trucks.

Late in the afternoon, we found ourselves in front of an intriguing shop called La Birreria.

La Birreria Andorra is a cerveceria, a place devoted to serving beer.

Through the windows we saw a rainbow of shelves, all chock full of beer bottles. And a handful of high top tables invited us in.

Of course, we had to accept the invitationto see what they had on offer.

View through the window of La Birreria Andorra

What beers do they carry at La Birreria?

Inside, we discovered over 600 beers from different brands from all over the globe. They had Italian beer. Japanese beer. Canadian beer. Everything from Poland to Thailand and beyond.

They even had oddities like Homer Simpson’s favorite beer, Duff, and He’Brew, “the chosen beer.”

Shelves full of beer bottles at La Birreria Andorra la Vella
View out the front window at dusk. More beer bottles on shelves there, too. there's a wall in the background because the sidewalk is super narrow.

The shopkeeper told us that La Birreria is a popular place in Andorra La Vella. Sometimes they have standing room only. We were lucky, though. We were there when no one else was around, so we could take our time looking over what they had to offer.

The shop had half a dozen or so beers on draft and there were quite a few bottled varieties in the cooler. We had a great time looking at the colorful shelves and reading the labels, but we were more interested in sampling some.

What kind of beer do they brew in Andorra?

For us, part of the fun of traveling is trying local foods and beverages, and beer is no exception. Since Andorra only has one brewery, Alpha, our choices were a little limited, but Alpha does brew a few different beers.

Dan decided to try their Crepuscle stout, while I went to the other extreme. I ordered the Alpha Eagle, which is a blond ale.

Here’s an array of the beers that Alpha produces in Andorra:

Various beers brewed in Andorra
Photo credit: culturacerveceraenandorra.blogspot.com

How to visit La Birreria in Andorra La Vella

I’m not sure which we enjoyed more: the shop or the beers. Maybe both. If you’re planning to visit Andorra la Vella, consider adding this shop to your list of things to do in the evening.

La Birreria is open from 5-11 pm.

For more information, see La Birreria’s Facebook page.

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Try microbrews from around the world in a quaint shop in Andorra la Vella, capital of Andorra

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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6 thoughts on “La Birreria in Andorra: A Beer Lover’s Heaven”

  1. I am not a beer drinker, but my husband loves to try micro brews wherever we travel. We were recently in Michigan in the dead of winter, visited a micro brewery and bought a six pack for him and one for our son-in-law to take home as he is also a beer lover. We had neglected to take into consideration the below zero temperatures and the fact that every location we visited from then on (and there were quite a few), we would have to take the beer inside with us, along with our suitcases, etc. What a pain!

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