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Real Ale in Andalucía – update PDF
Sunday, 13 February 2011 00:00

There are at least three real ale breweries in Andalucía. My article a while back about the micro-brewery near Cádiz prompted posts about two other micro-breweries in the region.

I wrote last year about the Fábrica de Cerveza Kettal (FCK), located in Los Barrios (Cádiz) in the article Real ale in Spain? – Almost..., in which I suggested it might be the first real ale brewery in Spain.

I was corrected in no uncertain terms by Ian Orpe of the Saxon Brewery in Vélez Rubio, Almería, which supplies various bars in Almería and Murcia with UK-style real ale.  Sorry, Ian, and thanks! The brewery doesn’t seem to have a website but Ian can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tony B wrote to advise of La Fábrica in Sevilla, a brew-pub in the Plaza de las Armas. Again no website but you can read about it here:

I haven’t yet had the chance to visit any of the three personally nor to sample any of the beers, but they’re on my to-do list! Perhaps readers who live in those areas could do a recce and report back?

I also wonder if there are more of these establishments out there.  Do let us know! Cheers!

© Paul Whitelock

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Real ale in Spain? – Almost...

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+1 #5 2012-06-04 13:18
I found a pleasant outlet for Saxon bitter at Cucador near Albox at the La Vida restaurant/pub/cafe.
The beer was kept fine, not too cold and made a nice change.
On Wednesday they host a small car-boot and there are craft exhibits,tarot cards and beauty treatment. Being a Camra member I went for the beer.
0 #4 2011-03-16 14:08
The beer tap is in place on the bar, just waiting for the connection to arrive from a supplier in the UK and then

Allioli Weisse Bier will be on sale in the guadiaro Valley
0 #3 2011-03-16 08:02
Saxon Ales soon available at the Robin Hood Estepona see
0 #2 2011-02-17 07:36
Hi Paul
We do not have a web site, but you can see photos etc at
Brewery visits are always welcome, preferably on brew days, including sampling.
Cheers Ian
0 #1 2011-02-14 17:56
There might be an outlet soon near you for real ale but it will cost a bit more than the beers in the footie bar montejaque!

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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