Probably Time To Set Sail Once Again

It turns out that, like all other southern European countries, Spain prefers wine over beer. The industry is heavily concentrated with Grupo Mahou-San Miguel in Madrid claiming more than 85% of the market. International brewers, such as Heineken International, and AB Inbev take up a majority of the remaining market. Most bars will only have one mass produced beer on tap, with the few remaining beer options in bottled form. Overall beer consumption has dropped in recent years, forcing even some of the international brands like Guinness, and Coors to pull out of the Spanish market.

There are currently, four independent regional brewers, five brewpubs, and six microbreweries, four of which have been established since 2008. Cerveza Clasica (Pilsner) is the best selling style accounting for 40% of sales, with Cerveza Especial, Cerveza Negra, and Cerveza Extra, all forms of lagers, accounting for another 50%.
Spain is a great place to visit... but don't expect much from their beer.

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Rated Spanish Beers


4-28-12 - S.A. Damm Daura Gluten Free - 1.83, Gluten Free Pale Lager, 5.40%
4-09-10 - S.A. Damm Estrella Damm - 3.08, Pilsner, 5.50%

Popular Beer Styles in Spain

  • Cerveza Clasica/Pilsner
  • Cerveza Especial
  • Cerveza Negra
  • Cerveza Extra
  • Spanish Breweries with Rated Beer

  • S.A. Damm - Barcelona, Spain