Spain Beer Guide
Sip some cerveza
Spanish brew: Thoughts of Spain normally conjure sun, wine and beach related imagery, but beer is also a massive tradition there. So much so that Spain occupies the 12th position in world’s per capita consumption of beer chart. Consequently, there are many regional beers, apart from the better known national brands of Cruzcampo (Seville) now owned by Heineken, Damm (Barcelona) and Mahou (Madrid) / San Miguel (Barcelona) – the latter two being 100 percent Spanish owned.
Brews to look out for
The Spanish refer to beer as “cerveza,” and it comes in four main types:
Cerveza Clásica: A very pale, hoppy Pils containing 4.5 percent alcohol.
Cerveza Especial: An export 5.5 percent alcohol Pils.
Cerveza Negra: A dark, lightly hopped lager similar to those from Munich, which contains 5.5 percent alcohol.
Cerveza Extra: Strong, pale lagers containing 6.1-6.4 percent alcohol, similar to Bavarian Oktoberfest and pale Bock beers.
Thirst quencher: If you happen to be in one of the larger regional airports, it’s always worth asking if they sell a regionally produced beer. To practice your Spanish, ask for “caña de cerveza del este region”. Asking for “cerveza de barril” (pronounced “barri’) will get you a draught beer rather than a bottle or a can. Meanwhile, bottles of cold San Miguel, Mahou or Damm Estrella are great and widely available.