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Old 11-03-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hi...I guess I can´t be the only one? Anybody else out there spaniards or ex-pats?

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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There is no way I´m the only one... or am I?

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Old 11-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #4
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Well, I'm Spanish if that helps.... LOL

Actually several years back the Australian Homebrewing Podcast "Craftbrewer Radio" did features on brewers around the world. And they talked a homebrewer in Spain, and he said beer culture in general and homebrewing in particular is virtually non-existent. Most of the beer in Spain is the typical German Pilsner variety. He said there were very few homebrewers around, that mostly the culture there is into Wine (and cider in the area around Asturias.)

So I can see why you aren't getting many takers. In all the years I've been on here you're probably the 3 or maybe the second person with Spain in their location I've come across.

Edit The similar threads box shows these people posting from Spain at one time or another.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f29/hello-spain-338062/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f29/hell...-spain-272425/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f29/greetings-spain-148962/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f29/hell...s-spain-45580/

Some of them go back a couple years. Probably not even active on heere. Punkrockgeek I remember seeing the thread, and you are the only one from Spain I've interracted with on here.

Think about it, what beers do you get in Spain? Are there any micros now? The Only Spanish beers I know of, and have seen here in the States come from Damm, and that is Estrella Damm which is pretty much just a Pilsner, and Damm Inedit, which is that beer created for/by Ferran Adria and El Bulli. I've had Inedit, and it's really nothing more than a clone of Blue Moon, for all the hype around it. Sadly my ancestral home is much on my favorite beverage.

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In college I spent a summer in Valencia, Maorca and Minorca. Great times, beer from street vending machines awsome women and piata (sp).

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Old 11-04-2012, 12:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies:

Revvy: I think I´ve read in thread that you had some background from Andalucia, my wife is from there (Seville). You are rigth about beer in Spain there is a lot of work to be done here. Cider in northen Spain is been around for ages and they do have a wide tradition.
Lately there has been a new movement of craft breweries and homebrewers erupting specially in Barcelona and Catalonia and more recently in the Valencian Community.
Don´t care for Estrella Inedit neither just an overprice macrobrewery beer that want to steal emerging soul of craft beer movement by getting Adriá on deck.
From Spain I can recommend you a few brews, first well the guys from Ca´l Arenys http://www.calarenys.com/en/index. They are a brewery and online homebrew store and aslo the place where I got my braumeister setup, the brewmaster there is a very knowledgeable and givesgreat tips I´ve spoke to him a couple of times but the guy is very bussy and I try not to bother him (anyway he is accesible and very polite) They make a low ABV beer "Guineu Riner" only 2.5 ABV but 93 IBUs all Amarillo and it´s a surprisingly easy to drink hop-burst thirst quencher. This beer is rated in ratebeer as the best low alcohol beer available now.
If you like sours Agullons makes some nice stuff they collaborate with Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen sometimes. Some speciall editions of their Agullons Setembre are a blend of their pura pale ale with cantillon or 3 fointein lambic plus some merlot or moscatel grapes, interesting and very hard to get sometimes but wild fermented beers are not my favorite.
You also have Tyris from Valencia wich makes a Valencia Indian Pale Ale "VIPA" wich is well let´s say ok... I like a new brewery from Alcoy Alicante called Sphiga they only make two beers: Na valora and Gurugu a pale ale and brown ale.
Also Undead IIPa wich was brew by naparbier is being brew in Vitoria.

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Greetings Obliviousbrew,

I am active duty military living in Andalusia (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz). I just started homebrewing with my 21 year old son before coming over here. Then I left him in college with all the brew equipment. Think I will finally have all the equipment I need to start brewing again over in a couple of weeks. I purchased everything from the states (Midwest, Morebeer, Amazon, etc). Bought a couple of extract beer kits (Hefewiezen & honey ale). I will start with these, but would really like to get right into all grain brewing... Just need to fine a good source of grain here in Spain. Let you know how it goes. Keep in touch.

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Hello yukibear, thanks for dropping by. You can easily get grain here, i tend to buy in bulk, don´t like to much to brew with kits. Prices are a little higher than in the US (far as I can see from different websites). You can´t get american 2-row but you can get other european 2-row, you can get here: Crisp, Durst, Weyyerman and Castle Malting directly from spanish-based websites. Prices vary from 25€ a bag of 25kilos to 33 + shipping.
Here is a couple of sites (most of them in spanish sorry)
http://www.calarenys.com/en/index
http://www.cerveseraartesenca.com/
http://www.masmalta.com/
http://latiendadelcervecero.com/es/cerveza-artesanal
http://cervezartesana.es/tienda/
http://www.cervezasdelmundo.com/
Check them out. And just send a PM if you have any questions!
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Hey... many thanks for the links to supplies. Appreciate the help...

Here's to a good brew!

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No problem, glad to help If you any doubts or need help don´t hesitate to get in touch.

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