SOME 20 members and guests of the Costa Press Club have been treated to a guided tour and beer tasting at Cervezas Victoria, Malaga’s oldest beer manufacturer.
The 90-minute visit provided a fascinating insight into Cervezas Victoria’s past and present and how they brew beer.
The Costa Press Club sampled two beers, the classic Cervezas Victoria lager and a new ‘black’ beer, due to be sold commercially in the near future.
The tour took place at the ultra-modern installations on Avenida de Velázquez at the factory built in September 2017 and awarded the Malaga Architecture Prize 2018.
After a welcome by the team, Pedro walked the Costa Press Club through the brewing procedure by explaining the process and showing the different machinery used at each step.
He also recounted Cervezas Victoria’s history since 1928 when the brewery was founded in El Perchel by the Franquelo family with machinery from Germany and the first master brewer Henrich Dietz.
Spanning 90 years, Cervezas Victoria’s past includes Civil War anecdotes, big expansion and a move to Murcia before the company returned to Malaga in 2017.
The Costa Press Club saw memorabilia including the first printed advert with the beer’s famous slogan “Malagueña y exquisita” (from Malaga and exquisite) and the original tiled logo of a German wiping his brow as he keeps cool in the Malaga heat thanks to a glass of Victoria beer.
The group then moved onto the tasting of two beers – the company’s signature lager and a new ‘black’ beer.
Pedro explained how to class the colour, bouquet and taste of the beer and the Costa Press Club tasted the clear cereal notes in both types, neither of which is especially bitter to suit the Spanish market. The black version of Cervezas Victoria, as yet to go on the market, went down well (literally!).
The visit finished with a master class in drawing beer, a process that involves five steps to produce the perfect glass of beer. Member Helen O’Leary and guest Jose María Sánchez Alfonso received certificates of distinction for their new-found skills as beer pullers.
The visit then moved to Trattoria Mamma Franca where Costa Press Club members and guests enjoyed pizza and pasta, washed down of course with Cerveza Victoria.