Brewing up a storm in northern Spain

THREE Americans involved in the craft brewing movement in Spain have chosen Beatson Clark bottles for the innovative beers they are brewing in San Sebastián.

Kevin Patricio, Ben Matz and Benjamin Rozzi founded the Basqueland Brewing Project (BPP) to supply “high-quality, flavoursome beers” to the growing craft beer market in northern Spain.

Their new brewery opened earlier this year and the beers they produce have been bottled in Beatson Clark’s standard 330ml amber beer bottles with a standard crown neck finish.

“We chose Beatson Clark’s bottle because of its quality,” said Benjamin Rozzi. “At BBP we strive to make the freshest and highest quality beers available in our marketplace, and these bottles will help us to achieve that.”

The idea for BBP was born when Kevin Patricio, a chef who runs La Madame restaurant in San Sebastián, commented to his wine supplier Benjamin Rozzi on the lack of high-quality beer available to his customers. When he added a craft beer list to the menu sales took off, so Patricio and Rozzi invited brewer Ben Matz to Spain to help them create a new brewery.

Matz had been Senior Brewer at Stone Brewing in San Diego and Wendlandt Cerveceria in Mexico, and he is now Head Brewer and Co-owner at BBP.

“The craft brewing sector is a big growth area for us, not just in the UK but all over the world,” said Charlotte Taylor, marketing manager at Beatson Clark. “We now supply our beer bottles across Europe and to the United States – wherever the craft beer revolution is taking hold. Now that our new amber furnace is in full production we have additional capacity to meet the demand from this rapidly growing sector.”

BBP currently has six beers on shelves: Aupa, a pale ale smelling of bread and tasting of pine and citrus; Arraun, an amber ale with tropical fruit aromas; Equinox wheat ale; Imparable, a well hopped IPA; Begi Haundi oatmeal stout and Captain Norbert Kölsch, a dry-hopped German style lager.