X Mostra de Cervesa Artesana in Mediona
Taking advantage of our holidays in Barcelona, We decided to move to a small town in the middle of Catalonia called Sant Joan de Mediona where the last Saturday was one of the most important craft beer festivals in Spain. To my surprise, we found other non-Spanish breweries like Cantillon or Moor but we decided to engage with the Spanish Craft Beers.
This was our beer list:
- Sevebrau EX 1 IPA (Extremadura, Spain):
As usual, all the beers of Seve are well-balanced and easy to drink. The new batch of the EX 1 IPA is even better than the other one. Refreshing with citrus and peach notes in the nose. Don’t expect a beer too much hopped, it’a well balanced and easy to drink.
- San Frutos IPA (Segovia, Spain):
I had heard a while ago about this brewery but never I had never the chance to taste something. This IPA is in the borderline between an IPA and a Pale Ale. 40 IBUs and 6% of alcohol. Really good if you want to drink more and more without eccentricities. Nice one!
- Ales Agullons Barrica (Catalunya, Spain):
Agullons is the organizer of the festival. I really like his beers. Nowadays, is the only one in Spain that have brewed using a mix yeast with his “Pura Pale” and a Lambic Base. That beer is Setembre. Barrica is a sour ale that usually spend around 9 months in a barrel.
- Brasserie Cantillon Classic Gueuze: (Brussels, Belgium)
One of the surprises of Mediona for this year. Cantillon! Probably, one of our favorites Belgium breweries. Cantillon is still using the traditional methods to brew since 1900 until now. The Gueuze is a lambic beer but not so much acid. It is ideal for those who are starting in the lambic world.
We will talk in the next months about Cantillon after our Belgium trip this summer 🙂
- Segarreta Apol lo (Catalunya, Spain):
Brown ale with aromas to toasted barley and a quite bitter. Dry finish in an unremarkable beer.
- Espiga Papr’IPA (Catalunya, Spain):
Spanish IPA with Pimentón de La Vera (paprika) brewed in a collaboration between Espiga (Spain) and vandeStreek (Holland). My feeling was that of a beer that promised too much, but that did not quite what I was looking for. A smoked IPA? Perhaps a little bit is nice but I think this beer is too much.
- Senglaris Imperial Stout Brandy Barrica (Catalunya, Spain):
To finish, another collaboration. In this case between Senglaris and Ales Agullons. An Imperial Stout with brandy. It’s getting better when the beer is heated. In nose, the aromas is more a brandy than a beer. After the first sips, you know that you are in front of a really good beer.
Thanks to Carlos Agullons for this great beer festival. One of the most important craft beer festival in Spain. Can’t wait for the next year!