The earliest archaeological remains of beer to be discovered in Europe were found in a cave, Cova de Can Sadurní, near Barcelona, which had been occupied by post-glacial hunter-gatherers and their successors until Roman times.
In modern times Spain has risen to become Europe’s 3rd largest beer producer following Germany and the UK. Until recently that production offered little outside the clear, cold lagers from large breweries such as Mahou-San Miguel and Estrella Damm – at best, they quenched your thirst on a hot summer’s day.
In rapid time however, Spain has become something of a craft beer specialist, with over 150 microbreweries now in business. Over a third of those brands are found in Cataluña, Spain’s traditional gateway to new trends, yet ‘microcervecerías’, as they’re known, can be found in all 17 Spanish Autonomous Communities. Even the famous ‘Wine’ region of Rioja!