If you're curious about Hungarian craft beers and what Budapest looks like a bit outside the city center, be sure to head to Élesztő. From a total of two hundred Hungarian craft beers, Élesztő has a rotating set of 25 on tap on any given day. These include everything from light crowd-pleasers to complex sour IPAs. If you're unsure about which one to order, ask the bartenders who are usually happy to help. Hoppy-beer fans should look out for Hara'Punk's tellingly named "Son of a Bitch," an imperial IPA with a hearty 8.5% ABV and an astringent finish.
The location, inside a former glass manufacturing plant, makes Élesztő the perfect spot for a craft beer bar: the century-old brick walls and exposed fermentation tanks exude a sense of artisanship and give the (false) impression that an actual brewery is on the premises. The spacious courtyard patio lined with communal tables make Élesztő especially good for larger groups. Butcher's Kitchen, a food stall across the courtyard, serves excellent barbecued pastrami (€7) and pulled pork (€6) sandwiches to help slow down the rise in your blood alcohol level. Both places are cash only!
And a little trivia: Trafó, the building next to Élesztő toward the corner, was formerly a power distribution center and currently houses a contemporary arts venue with regular exhibits, music, and English-language theater performances.