Flavours of Spain

Lanjaron - Part 8


Cerveza Artisana


There has been a massive expansion in craft breweries in Spain over the last few years. Cerveza Artisana is a small family run craft brewery in Lanjaron, producing a range of very interesting bottle conditioned beers, from dark chocolate beers to golden floral ones.

Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron

It produces around 28000 bottles of beer a month, flavoured with the local honey, marjoram or hibiscus flowers. The local Lanjaron water is used for brewing, but malts are bought in from Belgium, Germany or England. Hops come from America, England or Germany. The bulk of the malt is just dried and has a very ovaltine flavour.  A small percentage of dark, roasted malt is added to produce the dark, bitter beers.
Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron

Behind the shop is the brewery with two maceration tanks. Malt and water are heated to 60˚C to extract the sugars. Hops and other flavourings are added.

Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron
The liquid produced is called ‘sweet beer’. It is cooled and placed in the fermenting tanks with yeast. Fermentation takes from 10-15 days.

Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron

The beer is then bottled and stored for at least a month for secondary fermentation and to allow the flavours to develop. The bottles are labelled and are then ready for dispatch.

Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron

Cerveza Artisana, Lanjaron

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