Which beers are made in Spain and what regions do they come from?

31 August 2017 0 Comments Category: Living in Spain

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Spanish beer is one of the most famous and most widely-consumed drinks in Spain. Not only is it without doubt one of the Spaniards’ favourite drinks, it is also consumed by more people worldwide than any other beverage.

When you arrive in Spain, you need only look in the direction of a terrace or a bar and you’ll see someone enjoying a ‘caña’ (glass of beer) with their tapa. While it’s certainly true that Spanish beer does not enjoy the same fame as its German counterpart, many Spanish beers are beginning to garner the same prestige as some of the most widely-renowned foreign beers. It is often the case that foreign beers tend to get most of the praise, however, as time goes by, high-quality beers are being produced in Spain and have been extremely well-received.

In Spain, each region boasts its own local beer: La Mahou in Madrid, Cruz Campo and Alhambra in Andalusia, Estrella Galicia in the north, Ambar Zaragoza or Estrella Levante in the Community of Valencia.

These are some of the most popular beers in Spain:

ESTRELLA GALICIA 1906. This beer hails from Galicia and went on sale in 1906 – the year the factory was founded. Characterized by an intense flavour and an amber colour, this beer has a pronounced bitterness to it which is carefully balanced by lighter, sweeter flavour notes. Strength: 6.5%. Price of a 30cl bottle: €0.80.

MAHOU CINCO ESTRELLAS. A true classic among Spanish beers. Hailing from Madrid, it boasts a light, pleasantly thirst-quenching flavour, characterized by a light acidity and a toasted barley flavour with a bitter finish. Strength: 5.5%. Price of a pack of 6 x 25cl bottles: €2.70.

ALHAMBRA. Originating from Granada and characterized by its green-coloured bottle, this beer has an alcohol content of 6.8%. It is known for its unique caramelized flavour and its perfect, refreshing bitter finish. Full-bodied with balanced flavours. Price for a 33cl bottle: €1.00.

ÁMBAR ESPECIAL. From Zaragoza, this beer is made in a century-old beer factory in the Aragon capital. It comes in a wide selection of flavours, the most popular of which is Especial, a lager with low fermentation which makes for a beer with a very pleasant flavour, that’s easy to drink. Strength: 5.2%.

CRUZ CAMPO GRAN RESERVA 1904. A 100% malt, fine-quality beer. Boasts an intense yet balanced flavour with a bitter finish and an alcohol content of 6.4%, which makes it ideal for pairing with any type of food. Price for a 33cl bottle: €1.00.

ARTISAN BEERS ON THE RISE

Day by day, artisan beers continue to grow in popularity. Spanish business publication Expansion has compiled a comprehensive list of the top 10 100% Spanish beers you need to try if you visit Spain.

Amongst them is the ‘Montseny Mala Vida Chili’, a Catalan beer, described as complex and dense, with spiced notes geared toward dark beer enthusiasts. Another worth mentioning is the Madrilenian ‘La Virgen de Castañas’, which is a beer with high fermentation, created via a unique process using roasted chestnuts that are peeled by hand. Last but not least, there is ‘La Sagra.

Sagra Blanca de Trigo,’ a light-coloured beer with high fermentation which boasts a fruity floral aroma with hints of citrus.

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