Craft beer in Malaga: Attik Brewing
Spain is definitely a wine country, but has also quite long traditions with brewing. The most popular beers are, like everywhere, cheap bulk lagers, but craft beer culture is bubbling under and growing. During the past decade, a lot of new micro breweries have been established, and today there are several artisan breweries producing quality craft beers. While staying in Andalusia in southern Spain this spring, and especially when visiting Malaga in April 2021, we have been studying the local craft beer culture. This article about Attik Brewing is the first in our Craft beer in Malaga post series.
Attik Brewing is a Malaga-based nomad brewery, that was born in 2018, after its founders, who by then already had several years of experience of home-brewing, decided to extend the hobby to something bigger. Being a nomad brewery means that Attik doesn’t have their own brewing facility, but instead their recipes are turned into beers using other breweries’ equipment. Attik Brewing is all about passion towards craft beer, and the founders not just work hard, but also have fun creating their daring, innovative quality beers. Attik crew does what they love, and craft beer enthusiasts love what they do.
We got to interview Jaime and Umeed, two malagueños and friends-since-childhood, the founders of Attik Brewing. For the meeting we headed to the coastal town of Torremolinos, right next to Malaga, where they have their base and cold warehouse. Over delicious newly released brews, we learned about the story of the brewery, and got convinced that these two fellows are dedicated to creating interesting and daring novel artisan brews with breweries around Spain.
From home-brewing to a nomad brewery
Like many brewmasters, Jaime and Umeed started their career with brewing small batches at home. At that time it was more about having fun and drinking beer than about thinking about brewing as a profession, but things started to get more serious after all the good feedback they received from friends that tasted the brews. In summer 2018, they made their first bigger batch with a Malagan brewery, and it turned out so well that they ended up producing more batches of the same beer. This then led into producing bigger batches of some other recipes too, with other breweries – and so a new nomad brewery called Attik Brewing was born.
But why to stay as a nomadic brewery, wouldn’t it be nice to have an own factory? As nomadic entrepreneurs ourselves, we know a thing or two about the pros and cons about not having a home-base and steady job, and there are similar factors behind the brewing business too, it seems. Jaime and Umeed say that they have of course often thought about having their own physical brewery, but they enjoy the nomadic part of their job a lot – traveling to different cities, meeting and collaborating with new people, learning always something new, and not being tied to daily work in one location. Oh yes, we do relate.
Covid-19 has slowed down the growth of Attik, like most of the small breweries, but they have not stopped, and actually have a lot of new projects in mind. So they’ll for sure keep releasing new tasty craft beers, and hopefully there will some day also be Attik taproom somewhere in Malaga!
Tasting Attik Brewing beers
Targa DDH IPA (ABV 6,2 %, IBU 55) is brewed with Idaho 7, Citra and Cascade hops. It’s dark yellow-colored, with very pleasant, grapefruity aroma with herbal notes. Creamy, smooth, quite dry, hoppy and very fruity. More bitter towards the finish. Delicious!
Shaka is a DDH NEIPA (ABV 6,6 %, IBU 40) brewed with Citra, Sabro and Azacca hops. This hazy yellow beer has a lovely aroma with pine, citrus fruits and tropical notes. It’s fresh and quite light, with a smooth mouthfeel. Nicely hoppy and deliciously fruity!
Periplo Double NEIPA (ABV 7,6 %) is a collaboration brew with SanFrutos Beer from Segovia in Castilla y León. It’s dry-hopped with Citra, Sabro and Loral hops and has a very nice tropical aroma with pineapple and other tropical fruits as well as notes of coconut. It’s surprisingly dry, very hoppy and quite bitter too, with grapefruity finish.
Chunky Chocolate (ABV 8 %, IBU 40) is a collaboration brew with Cervesa Guineu from Valls de Torroella in Catalonia. This beautiful, black pastry stout has amazing chocolate-coffee aroma. It’s strong and warming, smooth and sweet, like a drinkable dessert with chocolate, caramel, coffee and cinnamon.
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