Craft beer - a tourist attraction
A plethora of Catalan towns hold small-scale craft beer festivals every year to drive local tourism. The major festivals, such as the Barcelona Beer Festival - the biggest in southern Europe, the Sant Joan de Mediona Craft Beer Festival, and the Poblenou Beer Festival, are naturally also a draw for foreign visitors who enjoy this product.
Catalan brewer Edge Brewing wins Barcelona Beer Challenge 2020
As part of the Barcelona Beer Festival, the Barcelona Beer Challenge awarded the prize for best beer to Edge Brewing, whose beers won the maximum number of medals possible. Founded in 2013 by two Americans, Edge Brewing makes and exports beers with a Catalan spirit to more than 20 countries.
Eight times more craft breweries in just seven years
In 2013 there were a mere 15 craft brewers in Catalonia but an eightfold increase since then has resulted in today’s 109 breweries. Experts interpret this rise as a sign of growing interest in craft beer and the sector's development potential.
Hops Made in Catalunya
There are five hop farmers actively working in Catalonia to provide national and international brewers with the key product that gives beer its flavour: Lo Vilot, Catalana de Llúpol, Cooperativa de Prades, BioLupulus and Lupulina. Having access to fresh hops also allows brewers to develop their own unique style - wet hop or green hop, as well as contributing to local food initiatives.
Chocolate cereal-flavoured beer
In a drive to cut food waste, the Kellogg's headquarters in Valls has given Tarragona-based brewery Cerveses La Gardenia chocolate rice puff cereals that cannot be sold for aesthetic reasons. The brewery has used them to make Rosita Kellogg's Choco Krispies - a honey-macerated blonde ale.
Barcelona Beer Company wins innovative packaging award
The packaging for Barcelona Beer Company's Cerdos Voladores beer won gold at the Carton Excellence Awards 2019 for its innovative cardboard tube in which three cans can be stacked, resulting in more efficient transportation and therefore a lower carbon footprint, as well being eye-catching on supermarket shelves.
- Gose Margarita (Gose), Edge Brewing, €2.60
- Mala Vida (Imperial Stout), Cervesa del Montseny, €4
- Bella Lola (Mediterranean Blonde Ale), Barcelona Beer Company, €1.02
- Txiripa (IPA), La Guineu, €1.14
- Viacrucis (IPA), La Pirata, €2.70
- Blonde Ale, Espiga, €1.06
*Approximate prices for 33 cl unit, subject to national taxes in each country.
This is a recipe to relish the floral and fruity notes of IPA-style beer hops. It is perfect for dressing vegetables however you make them: raw, steamed, grilled, sautéed or battered, as well as on salads, fresh pasta and pulses. Keep refrigerated for up to four days.
- 50 ml IPA beer
- Half a spring onion
- 20 roasted hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Slice the spring onion as finely as possible.
- Roughly crush the roasted hazelnuts in a mortar or blender.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the beer, honey, chopped spring onion, roasted hazelnuts and fresh orange zest.
- Slowly add the olive oil in a steady trickle while stirring to emulsify the dressing.
- Season to taste and sweeten if necessary.