I started La Cabra Azul – The Blue Goat – back in June 2014 and has been one hell of a ride. I have always loved beer and in Amsterdam, where I used to live, there was so much variety. German weizen, Belgian Trappists, American IPAs, Dutch triples. Once I moved to Andalusia, suddenly there was no more special beer. Just very non-special beer.
If I was lucky they might have some Alhambra, or Victoria, otherwise you’d think there’s only one beer in Spain, i.e. Cruzcampo. I quickly began brewing my own. I wanted to brew the beer I was missing and that’s exactly what I did.
The long and the short of it: Word got out about my beer, people got excited, I started selling to local bars and things took off from there. I get a real kick out of introducing people to styles of beer they have never tried before. A big part of my brewing process is to use as many local ingredients as I can get my hands on, including the Comares spring water, local mangoes, Almond Blossom from the slopes of the Montes de Málaga and as of this fall: our own hops! Very excited to see that hops actually seem to grow very happily in our climate.
I’d love to hear what you think and CHEERS!