Three micro-breweries open on the island
Craft beer now available in Lanzarote
It’s fair to say everyone knows how to order a couple of beers when they’re on holiday in the Canary Islands. Indeed, “Dos cervezas, por favor” may be the limit of many visitors’ Spanish resulting in two frozen glasses of San Miguel or Cruzcampo.
You may not be aware, however, that the Spanish drink a lot of beer and most bars will have one beer on tap. Some will have a standard lager, while others will have a pale lager and a dark beer. It is served in small glasses – very cold.
Admittedly, Spanish beer has not got the best reputation. This is because 90 per cent of the bars sell the two main brands. So, what if you are looking for the proper stuff on your holiday? Can you find artisan-brewed craft beer In Lanzarote? Well, I am delighted to confirm that you can.
Craft beer has hit the Canary Islands and there are now three craft breweries in Lanzarote producing some rather interesting beers that are definitely worth a visit.
While you’ll find some of them in local bars and restaurants, we recommend visiting the breweries themselves to see the production in action, talk to the brewers, sample a few of the wares and enjoy a lovely afternoon in the sunshine.
Cerveza NAO in Arrecife
If you’ re staying at Club Las Calas, then the nearest craft brewery to you is the Cerveza NAO in the island’s capital, Arrecife. Open to the public for tours on Thursdays and Fridays, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm, it is a little tricky to find so we recommend you arrange a taxi through reception.
The brewery is housed in a converted warehouse, once used by the fishing industry and is proudly free and aimed at producing special beers. Their Facebook page explains that they combine the best malts and hops with carefully chosen ingredients from the Canaries to make beers that are complete, brave and inspiring.
In the hour-long tour you’ll be shown how craft beer is made and taste a selection of the beers available. That is why you’ve come after all. Two of their most popular craft beer include Marinera or Sailor, a light, tropical ale perfect for a hot, sunny day and Capitan, a refreshing beer with a citrus and bitterness content.
Their craft beer includes:
- Nao Capitán. American Pale Ale 5.4 per cent vol
- Nao Mucho: Indian Pale Ale 6.5 per cent vol
- Nao Maresia: Volcanic Grape Ale 8 per cent vol
- Nao La Gloria: Berliner Weiss 3.8 per cent vol
- Nao Marinera: American Blonde 4.8%
Los Aljibes in Tahiche
Los Aljibes in Tahiche
Los Aljibes in Tahiche is a brewery, steakhouse and barbecue restaurant located in one of Cesar Manrique’s hidden secrets. Located at the foot of a volcano, outside the town, this is a wonderful location to sit back and enjoy some wonderfully artisan craft beer and a delicious lunch.
They produce three craft beers. An American-style smooth pale ale called Aljibes De Tahiche Agüita (4.8 per cent vol), Los Aljibes De Tahiche Helles, an easy-to-drink German Helles (4.6 per cent vol) and a Märzen beer (4.6 per cent vol) often produced for the annual Oktoberfest.
Their beers are also sold in their restaurant in Puerto Del Carmen. This bar/restaurant produces some really good food including great homemade burgers. You’ll find it on the Avenida and it’s open from 9am to 11pm.
Cerveza Malpeis Brewery
Cerveza Malpeis Brewery
The final craft brewery is the award-winning Cerveza Malpeis Brewery in Tinajo run by Orlando Niz and his partner Tania Delgado. This micro-brewery opened in February 2016 after Orlando began brewing in his garage a few years earlier. The brewery is named after Mal Pais, which is the name of the volcanic landscape of the island
You’ll find it on the Calle Malaguena behind the police station. There is a quaint bar area overlooking the hills and the small town. For just five euros per person, you get a tour of the brewery and the chance to sample their three core beers together with some tapas/nibbles.
Orlando brews three craft beers and bottles and sells then in various outlets in Lanzarote. Try the Jable, a blond ale (5.3 per cent vol), golden in colour with a citrus and rosemary aroma. It makes for very easy drinking with a taste of wheat beer.
Second is the Bermeja, an American-style IPA (7.7 per cent vol), amber in colour with a hop aroma. This beer has a noticeable bitterness.
Finally is Rofe (7 per cent vol) which is triple malt, dark in colour with the taste of coffee, toffee from the malts and a sweetness in the taste.
The beers are named after Lanzarote soil types – Jable like the white sand of the beach, Bermeja like the agricultural soil that feeds the vines and Rofe like the volcanic ash that covered the island.
You can find their beers in bars and restaurants around Tias, where Club Las Calas is located, so you don’t need to travel too far:
- El Guachinche
- La Boquería de Tías
- La Ermita
- El Alchimistre (Puerto Calero)
- El Cangrejo Rojo (Pto. del Carmen)
- La Cascada (Pto. del Carmen)
- Kristian’s (Pto. del Carmen)
- Bar Miscela (Pto. del Carmen)
- Rooftop (CC Biosfera)
If you fancy taking an organised beer tour, which includes visits to two of the breweries above, an explanation of how beer is made, tastings of seven of the beers and tapas, then this can be arranged through Wine Tours Lanzarote.
Alternatively, if there is a group of owners and guests at the resort who would be interested in visiting these breweries, the Club Las Calas reception team can arrange a minibus so you can visit these breweries and other attractions on the island at your own pace.
Posted on October 12, 2018.
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