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Real ale in Spain? – Almost... PDF

A brewpub claiming to produce English-style real ale, using traditional methods and all natural ingredients, opened recently in Andalucía.

Fabrica de Cerveza Kettal (FCK), located in Los Barrios (Cádiz), claims to be the first micro-brewery in living memory in the province.  Methinks it could well be the first in the whole of Spain!

According to owners Mercedes Lynch and Tim Revill, FCK is part of the revolution against mass-produced products, which is growing throughout the food industry. 

“Consumers are growing aware that many foodstuffs contain all sorts of chemical additives to give them the flavour and appearance that big companies think the average consumer expects. At FCK we use the flavours that nature provides, with no unnatural additives.”

FCK's Brewmaster, Australian Jonah Jones, adds: “We brew English-style ales, which are kegged and served chilled and under pressure. CAMRA would not approve, but cask beer just will not survive at this latitude and temperature.”

So, there we have it – it’s not real ale at all, although the kegged version has got to taste better than anything else on offer down here, I suppose.

Jones continues: “Our beers are made only from natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They are unpasteurised and chemical-free.”

The company is so confident of the purity of its beers that it offers a free pint - hair of the dog - to any client who can prove s/he has suffered a hangover from drinking Kettal beer. So far they have had no takers.

FCK’s brewline is 7.5 barrels (1,225 litres), meaning a theoretical maximum of 450,000 litres per annum, working flat out. They produce six types of beer throughout the year, as well as seasonal specialities. The company hopes to begin bottling its beers in January 2011.

The bar is open from 12.00 to 24.00 hrs, every day of the year. The restaurant serves food from 13.30 to 15.45 and from 20.30 to 23.45.

FCK aims to offer customers an integral experience: drinking real beer, watching sport from the comfort of the sofa, having a game of pool and dining. The bistro-type Tex-Mex menu offers a pick-and-mix from a wide range of dishes or a full three-course meal.

© Paul Whitelock



Fabrica de Cerveza Kettal
Calle Brujula 5
Poligono Industrial de Palmones
11339 Los Barrios

Tel 956 675 430
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-1 #4 2011-05-22 09:57
We are not a micro-brewery, however we do supply selected outlets with cask conditioned ale, imported from the UK. We currently offer up to 90 different ales, to participating outlets.

Our roll out has begun on the Costa Blanca/Costa Calida.

Saxon Brewery is doing a cracking job by all accounts, nice to see someone with so much knowledge and ingenuity. We would be happy to supply their ales to our outlets
0 #3 2011-05-18 06:03
Went to La Fábrica on Sunday. Disappointing! It closed down 18 months ago! Bugger! I wish it would take its website down!
Good news, however, Bar Allioli in Jimera de Líbar has launched its own Weissbier, brewed by the FCK brewery in Cádiz.
0 #2 2011-01-02 16:40
We also run a Microbrewery in Velez Rubio Almeria supplying various bars in Almeria and Murcia with UK style real ale.
Ian and Iwona saxonbrewery@gm
0 #1 2010-12-12 10:55
That´s a great link, Paul. Let´s hope that the trend continues.

There is also a small artisanal brewery in Seville inside the shopping mall on the Plaza de Armas, right next to the bus station. It´s called La Fábrica. Their two beers are reminiscent of light Belgian beers. The food is good too.

You can either serve yourself from the metered taps at each table or go to the bar.