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cruzcampoAndalucia is pretty hot a lot of the time, so beer (and sometimes water) is essential.

It’s difficult to look ‘hard’ in Spain – ie, surrounding yourself with ten empty pint glasses – as beer (cerveza) is often served as una caña – a small glass that lasts about three minutes. However, you can order a larger glass, a jarra – or a bottle.

No Harveys, Dark Star or Timothy Taylor here, unless we just haven’t found it – instead a range of lagers.

Popular brands in Andalucia, and much of Spain, include:

Cruzcampo – brewed in Seville, Jaén, Valencia and Madrid. It was founded in 1904 in Seville and takes the name of La Cruz del Campo – the cross of the field – a mark which still stands today next to the brewery in Seville. Cruzcampo

Alhambra beer bottleCervezas Alhambra – brewed in Granada and includes Premium (4.6%), Negra (5.4%), Alhambra Reserva (6.4%) and Mezquita (7.2%). In 2006, the company became a Member of Grupo Mahou-San Miguel.  Cervezas Alhambra

Mahou – brewed in Madrid – Mahou Cinco Estrellas (5.5%).

Estrella Damm – brewed in Barcelona, main beer is Estrella Damm (5.4%). Estrella Damm

San Miguel – well known in the UK, brewed in Barcelona and Burgos.

Given a choice – a bottle of Alhambra Reserva or draft Cruzcampo.

And Guinness? In Órgiva and surrounding area we didn’t see it, although happy to be put right on this. In Málaga and Granada, yes – in fact we watched a football match in Hannigan’s bar in Granada and the Guinness was great.

It’s like anything in Spain; when the sun is shining, all beer tastes good.

© con jamón 2013

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2 thoughts on “Beer

  1. Thanks for the mention 🙂 I enjoyed reading about the different brands of beer to be found around Andalucía.

    BTW, the small beer that lasts three minutes is una caña.


    Posted by Marianne | February 13, 2013, 6:19 pm
    • Hi Marianne – thanks for the correction, it won’t be the first error we’re sure! Looking at your great blog, I’m sure we’ll be adding more links to it. Thanks, S & M.

      Posted by sozzlet | February 13, 2013, 10:48 pm
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