Craft beers have become more and more popular and local brewers can now be found pretty much everywhere in Spain. Valencia, of course, has its fair share of them. But, not content with producing great pale ales, lagers or porters, like everybody else, Valencian brewers like to give their products a unique local flavour.
Valencia is famous for its oranges and citrus fruits in general. If you visit in April, you can feel the sweet aroma of the azahar, the orange blossom, everywhere. On the outskirts of the city, rice is grown in the paddy fields by the Albufera. And the huerta provides plenty of fresh vegetables, including the chufas (tiger nuts) used to produce horchata, the quintessentially Valencian drink. All this and more can be used to give Valencian beers a very special twist.
These are some of the most typically Valencian craft beers you can find in the city:
- Tyris is one of the most popular Valencian breweries. Its VIPA (Valencian IPA) is brewed with the peel from the bitter oranges that grow in the city, whilst its Lemonzilla has added lemons for a more refreshing and zesty taste.
- Vendrell Gourmet is a Valencian company that uses its own organic oranges to add a local flavour to its beers: Genesis Taronja and Genesis Mediterranea, made with a hint of azahar and rice.
- Horchata fans will enjoy Antara, the Valencian beer made by Terra I Xufa adding tiger nuts to barley and wheat.
- La Socarrada has an eponymous beer brewed with local rosemary and rosemary honey. Another of its specialty beers is Er Boqueron, the only beer in the world made with water from the Mediterranean sea.
- For some Valencian brewers, it is the local water that gives the beers their unique taste. Ophidian, for example, uses the fresh water from the Calderona mountains for its Blue Serpent beers. And Altura de Vuelo takes the water from natural springs in Casas del Rey, at the heart of the Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve.
- Finally, Zeta Beer links up with local companies to produce distinctive beers such as Blackbell, its black beer with coffee from the popular Bluebell Café in Ruzafa.
From Tyris’ taproom, Tyris on Tap, by the Central Market, to quirky bars in Ruzafa like Ubik, there are plenty of bars in Valencia where you can try these unique specialities as well as many other Valencian and national craft beers.
Or, for a complete beer experience, you can book a visit to one of the breweries. Tyris, Zeta Beer and La Socarrada all offer guided visits to their facilities, with a beer tasting session at the end. What better way to immerse yourself in the taste of Valencia?
One thing is for sure: you won’t find craft beers like these anywhere else!