Malpeis Brewery and its craft beers: Jable, Bermeja and Rofe

I had been following with excitement this new brewery in the island since I read about them in the press over a year ago. And when they opened up earlier this year, I went to check them up. Malpeis Brewery is in Calle Malagueña in Tinajo, literally behind the Police Station.

Malpeis Cerveza Artesana

For a 5€ fee you get a tour of the quaint little brewery and a generous sample of their 3 different beers with some nibbles that I must admit were exquisitely chosen.  Additional bottles to enjoy your favourite are available for sale too!  A bit of advice: designate a driver prior to starting the tasting, or even better, make the most of your visit and book some rural accommodation to stay the night.

Malpeis Brewery in Lanzarote

I caught up with Tania Delgado to learn a bit more about the Malpeis Brewery.

Who is behind Malpeis?

Behind this project there is Orlando Niz and me, Tania . Orlando is the recipe creator and I am the enologist in charge of controlling the process, although we organise ourselves to do everything.

How long has Malpeis beer been "brewing"? No pun intended, I promise!

The idea to make a beer came to Orlando and a friend, Samuel, in a garage (of all places!). Initially I was only involved to advise them on fermentation & hygiene issues. In October 2014 I suggested to them to start production professionally and we took it from there. We started selling it earlier this year, back in February 2016.

So this adventure's road has been a long one. What did keep you going?

It was our friends that mainly kept us going, congratulating us for how good our beer was and encouraging us to commercialise it. On the other hand the fact that my current contract with the winery where I was working, came to an end.

How did you come up with the brand name and the beer types? Which I think they are genius, by the way. Not to mention how cool their labels are.

Oh well, thank you! First we came up with the beer names and then the brand. We were together with some friends and we came up with the idea of matching the colours of the soil in Lanzarote to the colours of our beers. "Jable" like the white sand of the beach, "Bermeja" like the agricultural soil that feeds the vines and "Rofe" like the volcanic ash that covers fincas on our islands.

And finally, trying to come up with the name for the company, we wanted a word that would link us also to the land,  so we thought of "Mal País" which is the name the the volcanic landscape of the island receive. But we decided to use a distortion of it,  which is commonly used among the wine growers, so "Malpeis" was born.

Malpeis PricesMalpeis Tour

How is craft beer different?

The main difference with industrial beers is that  we only use only water, malting barley and hops. We don't add any type of preservatives or colorants. Also the gas in our beers is a natural result of the second fermentation in the bottle. So craft beers have more body, more aroma and are tastier than industrially produced beers.

For someone who hasn't tried your beers yet, give us an idea of what they can expect. 

"Jable", a blond ale, with 5.3% by volume of alcohol , is a beer with light foam and golden colour, with citric and rosemary aromas, with a medium body and low bitterness which makes it very easy and pleasant to drink.

"Bermeja", an American IPA or double malt, with 6.7% by volume of alcohol, has an amber colour with a persistent and creamy head. Considerable hop aroma and peach and apricot nuances, it has an intense palate with a noticeable bitterness.

Finally "Rofe", a bock or triple malt, with 7% by volume of alcohol is a black beer with fine bubbles and creamy, its colour reminding that of coffee and with a surprising sweet and toasted aroma, with banana and caramel notes. It's balanced to the taste, the coffee and toffee flavours from the malts stand out.

Mmm, they sound like a meal in themselves! Other than the brewery itself, where can people drink Malpeis beers?

We currently have 17 points of sale:

CALLEJÓN LISO (Arrecife)

LA TABLA (Arrecife)

MIS QUESITOS (Arrecife)

RESTAURANTE LA LUPE (Arrecife)

TERRITORIO SIBARITA (Arrecife)

THE WINE SHOP. HOTEL MELIÁ SALINAS (Costa Teguise)

RESTAURANTE MAR AZUL (El Golfo)

BODEGA EL TABLERO (La Geria)

RESTAURANTE BRISA MARINA (Playa Blanca)

TU TABERNA (Playa Honda)

LA CANTINA (Teguise)

RESTAURANTE TE EL TENIQUE (Tiagua)

ASADOR NO MADRUGUES (Tías)

ALMA TAPAS &+ (Tinajo)

BAR PISCINA CLUB LA SANTA (Tinajo)

RESTAURANTE LAS CADENA (Tinajo)

YEMAYÁ (Tinajo)

LA TIENDA DE LOURDES (Soo)

Well, that is impressive, considering you only have been selling for a few months.

What of the future for Malpeis?

Production is still at a small scale, our main goal is to produce 2,000 litres monthly. Also we could love to create new beers, in fact we already have some recipes in our heads like a new black beer, more toasted and bitter.

Looking forward to trying it already!

Thank you very much Tania for your time.

You are welcome!

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To keep up to date with Malpeis news, their Facebook page is Malpeis.

Open to the public for tasting and sales: Thursday and Friday from 10am to 3pm plus Saturday from 11am to 3pm

For group visits, please call in advance 676 535 092 or 687 462 297.


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