Istanbul’s own brew barIstanbul, Turkey
Even though it’s located in a country not traditionally known for its beer, Turkey’s the Populist brewery knows how to make a tasty ale. This Istanbul taproom is at the forefront of the city’s current craft craze and pours a rotating selection of 12 beers – anything from a berry-spiked wheat brew to mocha stout – making it a must-visit destination for beer aficionados.
Located in the trendy district of Bomontiada, the Populist occupies the former site of the historic Bomonti Beer Factory, and there are a few subtle nods to its predecessor (fermentation tanks on display, original exposed brickwork) that do not go unnoticed. The motto at the Populist is Serve the People, and a drinking sesh here proves it sure can deliver on that promise.
To reach Bomontiada, take the metro to Osmanbey, and from there it’s a 10- to 15-minute walk.