As craft coffee, the craft beer movement is spreading ever deeper into the Budapest mainstream with new microbreweries popping up at a head-spinning pace. At the bars below, you can sample everything from crispy lagers to hop-forward double IPAs, sourced from both Hungarian craft breweries and international producers.
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, including everything from light crowd-pleasers to sour IPAs. Hoppy-beer fans should go for Hara'Punk's tellingly named "Son of a Bitch," an imperial IPA with a hearty 8.5% ABV and an astringent finish.