Water, barley malt, hops and yeast are the ingredients used for craft beer: it has more aroma and shades, its foam is thicker, it leaves dregs at the bottom of the glass – drinking it in bottles is not recommended -, its gas is made naturally and, above all, it is not filtered or pasteurised. Introducing craft beer, a product that is starting to gain considerable traction in Catalonia, where it has over twenty producers.
That is why Barcelona is turning into the production epicentre for this type of beer over the weekend, with its first festival dedicated to promoting the drinking of craft beer: the Barcelona Beer Festival, which takes place at the Sant Agustí Convent.
Still behind craft beer production in countries like Belgium, Germany and the United States, which have gained 20% of the beer industry market over the last few years, Catalonia leads Spain in its production, which always involves genuine ingredients: water, barley malt, hops and yeast.
Despite the recent increase in the number of producers, the factories where this type of beer is produced are still thin on the ground, with many of the brands using others’ infrastructures to start the production process, which is quite complex.
To brew this type of beer you need roughly one month during which the water is heated and mixed with the malt. Once the malt has soaked for a few hours, yeast is added to it and the mixture is allowed to ferment.
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