Tenerife, home to Spain’s oldest craft brewery

In 2014, this renowned island brewery set a European record by brewing at an impressive altitude of 2,150 metres on the slopes of Mount Teide in Tenerife, Spain.

Craft beer’s allure lies in its small-scale production, allowing brewers to concentrate almost entirely on quality. This approach to brewing involves meticulous attention to every detail and the use of premium ingredients – ranging from local malts and fresh hops to carefully chosen yeasts. Such dedication results in distinctive flavours and aromas that have garnered a strong following among enthusiasts of this beloved beverage.

TACOA, nestled in El Sauzal, Tenerife, holds the title of Spain‘s oldest craft brewery, a distinction recognised by Salón Gourmets, Europe’s foremost quality food and beverage fair and one of the most prestigious globally.

Established in June 2001, TACOA pioneered as the first microbrewery and brew-restaurant in the Canary Islands. Their commitment to crafting high-quality craft beers is a passion clearly stated on their website.

In his book ‘Orgullo Canario’, Airam González del Rosario highlights TACOA’s record-breaking achievement: brewing a beer at 2,150 metres altitude at the base of Mount Teide in September 2014. This unique brew, infused with tajinaste honey and branded under El Teide National Park label, exemplifies their innovative spirit. Furthermore, this Tenerife brewery, boasting over 200 sales points across the islands, has secured three international medals in consecutive years – 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Craft vs Industrial Beers in Spain: A Tale of Two Brewing Philosophies

Tenerife, home to Spain's oldest craft brewery

In the fascinating world of beer, ‘craft’ and ‘industrial’ have emerged as key terms, each representing distinct brewing methods, philosophies, and values.

The primary difference lies in the production scale. Craft breweries, defined by their unwavering dedication to quality, brew in smaller batches in independent facilities. This scale limitation affords them exceptional control over the brewing process, fostering creativity and experimentation.

Conversely, industrial beers are produced in large, automated facilities with the primary goal of mass production. This approach often leads to a standardised product, though exceptions exist.

Ingredient choice is another differentiator. Craft brewers prioritise high-quality, select ingredients, allowing them to experiment with local and unique additions, thus creating exceptional and diverse flavours and aromas.

Craft beer is celebrated for its vast array of styles and tastes. Craft brewers, driven by innovation, constantly push boundaries to offer exclusive and limited-edition brews that challenge and delight the palate.

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