The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

This article contains affiliate links that I receive compensation for at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting my site!

Umeå, Sweden is the epicenter of northern Sweden’s cultural scene. With a large student population, several museums, and fine dining, there is also support for a nice little craft beer scene as well. During my visit the city, I had the opportunity to visit some of Umeå’s best craft beer spots.

Rex

Rex Bar & Grill features craft beer along with a menu of Swedish, French, and pub food. Housed in a large space in the Umeå Town Hall, it’s an inviting place for a meal and a drink.

rex umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

rex beer umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

rex bar umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Rex has 11 taps and about a hundred bottles of beer, all of which rotate frequently. On my final afternoon in Umeå, I stopped in for a burger and a beer from local craft brewery Beer Studio.

win a free trip 1 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Rådhuskällaren

Rådhuskällaren is located in the basement of Umeå Town Hall, one of several nice bars & restaurants in the building. It’s technically a part of Rex, but it’s such a distinct space that it merits its own entry. The bar features 12 taps with cool antler tap handles, as well as a quality selection of around 150 bottles.

radhuskallaren umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

radhuskallaren beer 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Along with the great vibe of being in a basement, the music playing is a mix of rock & old school soul music. The bar also holds events in its large space. On Tuesdays during the summer months, the place becomes a nightclub.

As part of our dinner crawl around Umeå, we visited Rådhuskällaren for a beer and food tasting. We started with a lime zest infused lager called Loop from local brewery Beer Studio (more on them below), then had Janne Shuffle, an India Pale Lager brewed by another local brewery, Bryggverket, in an homage to the guitarist from Sweden’s Electric Banana Band. In addition to nice local beers, Rådhuskällaren/Rex also imports beers from around the world, making them the only source for many beers, as they don’t have to go through the Systembolaget.

The Bishops Arms

I visited The Bishops Arms during my tour of craft beer in Stockholm. This bar is part of that same chain. While I didn’t have the chance to actually have a beer at the Umeå outpost, I did see that they have a massive beer garden in the square outside. The bar features 28 taps and over 100 bottles.

bishops arms umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Lottas Krog

Lottas Krog is another popular brewpub in Umeå. It wasn’t open during the time I was free in the city, so I wasn’t able to visit it either, the bar has a solid food menu along with dozens of taps, some of which they brew themselves.

lottas krog umea 700x525 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Beer Studio

It just so happened that local brewery Beer Studio was opening for tours on my last day in Umeå, so I tried to go at noon before my train back to Stockholm around 2pm. Unfortunately, Google Maps has the wrong location listed. It shows the mailing/accounting address rather than the brewery itself, so I found myself on the wrong side of town, unable to get there in time. If they have further tour days, make sure you double-check the address with them via their Facebook page. While I wasn’t able to do the tour, I went to Rex for a burger instead and had a nice beer from Beer Studio with it, so I can vouch that they make good stuff.

beer studio loop 700x933 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

beer studio spin back 700x933 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden

Umeå has a great cultural scene for a city of its size. While there are only a few craft beer bars & breweries there, the ones they have are high-quality and will satisfy any beer lover who is visiting.

Disclosure: My visit to Umeå/Västerbotten was a TBEX press trip sponsored by Visit Umeå & Visit Sweden. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do you love craft beer? Check out more of my recommendations for the best craft beer around the world!

Did you find this information useful? Make your own travel plans using the links below & support my site at no extra cost to you! Thank you for your support!
All Travel TripAdvisorimage 5616389 12205838 1461262625000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Expediaimage 5616389 11916097 1452549382000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Pricelinei.ashx?foid=1061665 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Travelocityi.ashx?foid=1061665 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden
Flights Airfarewatchdogimage 5616389 12335034 1446048188000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | BookingBuddyimage 5616389 11295046 1454342930000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Cheapflights.comimage 5616389 10807971 1440511376000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden
Hotels Hotels.comimage 5616389 10429755 1461777394000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Booking.comi.ashx?foid=1061665 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | Trivagoimage 5616389 11662161 1427705140000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden | AirBnb

grid canvas 8795 491x1000 - The best craft beer in Umeå, Sweden


Like this article? Subscribe to my weekly e-mail & never miss anything!

Also, follow me on social media to get the latest updates:

  • Leave a Reply