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
Cervezas 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