Today my sister and I decided we would try hitting multiple craft brew pubs in District 7 of Budapest. We left from the Deák Ferenc tér subway station taking the 1st line to Oktogon. Getting off the Oktogon stop, my sister and I headed to our first pub of the day called Csak a jó sör which translates to “Only the Good Beer,” where they sell a lot of craft beer by the bottles. As soon as we walked in, we noticed that all of walls in the rooms were laden with empty bottles of craft beer, stickers with labels of craft beer on them, t-shirts for sale, posters from craft beer related events, bottle caps from craft beer bottles imbedded on the floor, and basically anything you can imagine that has to do with craft beer in Budapest, Hungary, they had it on display.
After coming down from the high of all things craft beer, my sister and I ordered our draughts and sat down on a couch in the back room, chatting away and snapping photos of everything, which you can find on Instagram @craftbrew_girls_in_budapest. I ordered the Tool Hoppy Mondays, an IPA from Denmark with a 6% alcohol content. It had a light brown, dark amber color and on the first whiff you could smell a fruity, peachy aroma, very refreshing and soothing to the body. It tasted like peaches with a light buzz from the bubbles and was surprisingly hoppy with a sweet undertone. In other words, a delectable beer. My sister had ordered the Litra Irish Dry, a dry stout from Moldova with a 4% alcohol content. It was a deep coffee brown with a roasted, toasty aroma. On the first sip, we tasted a notably light hoppiness despite the color of the beer. It had a nice, smooth finish!
Once we had finished our draughts, we moved on to the next pub: Kandalló Kézműves Pub. It is on the same street as Csak a jó sör and only a few meters away, on the other side of the road. Inside, we found a wide space with lots of seatings and even an upstairs seating. Later, we found that they also have outdoor seating along with a garden that is open during the summer. Hunger struck us and we were excited to find that they had menus! We ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a classic burger, both tasting amazing with the beers we had ordered: a szarasi with 4% alcohol content and a mango pale ale with 5.3% alcohol content. The szarasi I had ordered looked like filtered apple juice and true to its looks, it smelled and tasted like apples too! It was very refreshing and light to have with the food and had a wonderful soft, smooth aftertaste. The mango pale ale had a dark amber look topped with a slight mango aroma. There was a pleasant mango aftertaste to the beer that clashed well with the meaty foods we were eating. For photos of our experience check out @craftbrewgirlsinbudapest!
Our final stop for the day was Léhűtő Kézműves Söröző, barely 5 minutes away from Kandalló. The interior was down a few steps and they had an outdoor terrace to sit and watch as the evening came to life. My sister and I shared a Lemon? No Thanks! With a 5.5% alcohol content. It had a orange-brown unfiltered color with a sweet smell wafting away from the glass. It was a great finish to the day with a light hoppiness to the beer and a slight sour undertone!
For those who can last longer than us light-weight sisters, right by Léhűtő Kézműves Söröző there are multiple bars with music pumping, people getting up dancing, and others chatting the night away. There is such a variety to choose from from where we stopped that the night could just be beginning for those who wish it!
Have fun in District 7!