The UEFA European Championship comes to a close this coming Sunday and I'm only 25% of the way through my #beersofeuro2016 challenge. In fairness, I've actually managed to drink most of them but just haven't had time to get them written up. The next country to enter the arena is Spain, a country that has no shortage of well known and recognised brewers. As I wanted to steer clear of the usual suspects so called upon Moritz Epidor, a strong pale launched in 2009 using a recipe from 1923, as my Spanish entry.
Spain were drawn in Group D alongside Turkey, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
I sourced my bottle of Moritz Epidor for £2.49 from online beer merchant, Beers of Europe. When selecting my Spanish beer, I was drawn to Moritz Epidor by their bold branding but little did I know that there is a great story lurking behind the branding. Louis Moritz Trautmann, an Alsatian immigrant, established the company in Barcelona back in 1856, and ran the company until his death in 1920 when the brewery passed to his heirs who renamed the company to Fábrica de Cervezas Moritz, S.A.
Unfortunately, the energy crisis of the 1970's resulted in the closure of the business in 1978 after over 120 years of beer production. Thankfully, the descendants of the Moritz family relaunched the brand with much success. The beer is now produced under license in the brewery La Zaragozana, in Saragossa, Aragon however the former factory building on the Ronda de Sant Antoni now houses the company's offices, a beer museum, a small showcase brewery, and a tasting bar.
The beer poured with a dark amber colour with a high tight foamy head. The head stayed throughout the drink, lacing the glass until the end. The nose was full of toasted malt notes which carried into the taste. In addition to this, the beer had liquorice and treacle flavours that left a bitterness in the mouth. This isn't normally the style of beer that I go for, in fact I was expecting it to taste more like the IPA's that I'm used to drinking but the heavy malty flavour overran any hop bitterness that I had hoped for. It's not a bad beer but just not my cup of tea.
As it it turned out, I picked up another Spanish beer whilst collecting my Swiss 1936 from Whole Foods Market, so watch this space for the review of Soy Rodriguez by Edge Brewing.
Keep an eye on the rest of my challenge and feel free to share your own beers of Euro2016 on Twitter using the hashtag #beersofeuro2016