Let's say you're in Madrid & you've got a hankering for a beer with a little more going on than Mahou or Cruzcampo. Let's say you're a beer geek. Let's say you like beer and you also like riding bikes (not motos) and alt/punk music from the 80s & 90s. I say: El Pedal!
El Pedal is a super fun and cute beer bar in Lavapies with a wide range of American & European bottled beers (Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Brewery, Samuel Smith, St. Peter's Brewery, plus many others) and 5-6 Spanish microbrews on tap. Here's what was on tap when I visited:
Dalmoru (weissbier from Ales Agullons Cerveza Artesana)
Suria (pale ale from La Pirata Cerveza Artesana)
Largato Barbudo (red ale from Reptilian Cerveza Artesana)
San Diego (IPA from Dougall's)
95 (Imperial IPA edición Chivas from Guinea pigs! Cerveza Artesana)
You can try cañas of each (like 1/2 pint size) or get a full pint. Cañas ranged from €2-3 apiece and pints were a little more (but I don't quite remember how much more since I only bought the cañas...).
There's a smallish seating area inside and several tables outside on the sidewalk. I visited with a friend and we happily chatted away at the bar while trying each beer on tap. Snacky bits were offered, including some really addictively seasoned quicos. El Pedal serves a small range of tapas, which we did not try. They also sell wine for your ridiculous non-beer drinking friends.
Definitely worth checking out!
Calle de Argumosa, 33
Tue-Thu, Sun 6pm-1am