A selection of flavours for every palate
Although Málaga has been historically linked to the production of wine, since 2012, the numerous artisanal beers have become more important. What a few years ago seemed like a trend, has today turned into an style of consumption more and more common among the fans of this ancient beverage. To Spain, and more specifally to Málaga, the trend of crafting artisanal beers in small companies did not arrive until the first decade of this century, although the wait is worth it, since there is now a great range of quality and original beverages.
In the selection of artisanal beers from Málaga, there are some that use less common ingredients such has the muscatel grape or the sugar cane.
The varieties of beers is very wide. Within the territories of the province, we can today find dozens of beers with different styles: black, amber, lager, pale ale, pilsen… The diversity is so vast because some of these beers are crafted in the so-called ‘microbreweries’. A lot of them, however, have been able to export from villages in Axarquía, like Torre del Mar or Frigiliana. Together with these, today it is possible to find other companies that have been able to make a profitable business out of artisanal beers, like brands that today distribute beer from very different villages, such as Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín El Grande, Ronda, Ardales, Antequera, Málaga, Marbella o Casabermeja, among others. Apart from this variety of artisanal beers from Málaga, the number of specialised establishments has increased in the province. Some breweries have been set up and there w can find these and other national and international beers that are not industrially produced.
The craft of artisanal beer has now spread almost throughout the whole province thanks to the initiative of small companies. Therefore, it is easy to find this type of beverages in towns or villages like Málaga —where we find the biggest concentration—, Ronda, Antequera, Marbella, Estepona or Vélez-Málaga. Together with these, there are also some initiatives in some inland villages, such as Ardales, Almogía, Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín El Grande or Frigiliana, among others.
Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks. In fact, the first brew is atributted to the egiptions around the year 10.000 A.D. In Spain, some evidence of its consumption has been found around the year 4.000 A.D. It was the Belgian monks who started to craft beer with carefoul recipes that today we can still find. The industrialisation of the sector meant the creation of a movement of artisanal breweries in the 1970s in the United Kingdom that later arrived to different countries.
Artisanal beer, providing it is consumed in moderation, offers some benefits to our health. Among them, with the hidration that beer provides, there is a lower probability of having kidney stones, it prevents constipation and the formation of blood clots. Moreover, it reduces the chances of suffering from a heart attack, it increases the bone mass, stops bone lose, prevents insomnia, chronic illnesses and cellular aging. All of these is possible because it is a beverage crafted with no artificial ingredients and that includes natural elements whose consumption is benefitial, such as poluphenols, phytoestrogens, fibre and many minerals.