Independently-owned Alhambra Beers, a celebrated brewery in Spain, was founded in 1925 and is named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the foremost artisan beer of the Alhambra Company and expresses its tradition and quality.
One might not know too much about beer but the first impression is of tasteful elegance. The green glass is embossed, with not a sign of a paper label. The bottle has an old-fashioned air leading the prospective drinker to expect a beer which might be traditional in nature, and that drinker would be right. It has been inspired, as the name suggests, by the first beers of the brewery in 1925.
This beer is produced in artisan style and is a strong pale lager with pleasingly intense flavour. It has a bitter edge, a golden colour and is lively with good bubbles. The beer has pronounced hop notes on the nose when the bottle is first opened. It is brewed and matured for 35 days, making it one of Spain’s best-regarded lagers. The first sip offers a sweetness which grows into a full and complex experience. Its finish is crisp and long, making this a beer over which to linger.
Drinks review by Chrissie Walker © 2018