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Ángel León Presented his Marine Pale Ale Beer at Cruzcampo’s La Fábrica Microbrewery

Ángel León, the chef from Sevilla with 5 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol suns, paired up recently with Cruzcampo’s La Fábrica microbrewery in Malaga’s Soho in order to go beyond gastronomic borders with a challenge he’s struggled with.

If you passed by La Fábrica during November and tried the Andalusian Marine Pale Ale craft beer, you are one of the lucky ones who tasted the result of this high-flying collaboration. Ángel León, Mario Rosado, Juan Navarro and Jorge Varela —our two Master Brewers— are the proper names of this adventure. Do you want to know more about the origin of this Andalusian Pale Ale? Keep reading to find out how they achieved what seemed to be impossible.

Marine Beer: An Andalusian Pale Ale Beer that Even Neptune Would Drink

These are the words that the awarded chef Ángel León uses to define it. Why? Well, the secret is in its ingredients, like the outstanding marine plankton, sea water and Moroccan lemon.

Since he developed the method for extracting and using marine plankton in the cuisine in 2009, Ángel León has not stopped experimenting with this innovative ingredient. In fact, he had already taken his first steps with beer in his restaurants, but he admits the elaboration of a “good beer” is not a task for everyone. So the collaboration with the Master Brewers at Cruzcampo’s La Fábrica microbrewery in Malaga has been the trigger for success.

On the other hand, in one of his many trips to the neighbouring country (the opposite Andalusia), he discovered caves in which the locals marinated lemons in brine. Today, this chef has imported more than 1000 kg of these citrus fruits.

The result of this combination: a beer with a delicious balance between the salinity of plankton and sea water, with the freshness of lemon, in which none of the ingredients is invasive.

And that’s not all. Such has been the success of this collaboration that many local, regional and national media echoed the news. An important milestone for both gastronomy and brewery. Various media such as Málaga Hoy, La Opinión de Málaga, La Vanguardia, ABC and even agencies like EuropaPress pointed out the importance of a unique (hopefully not unrepeatable) eight-hand collaboration.

A very Andalusian Marine Pale Ale Beer to Pair Up

The Andalusian hallmark of this beer does not end in the marine flavours nor in the hands of Ángel León. The barley used to create the base of this Andalusian Pale Ale was extracted from the Proyecto Olivo, which we told you about a few months ago. The Andalusian land and sea combined in a single glass.

As if this was not enough, Mario Rosado, the Executive Chef of Grupo Premium and Cruzcampo’s La Fábrica microbrewery in Malaga, took Ángel León’s Marine Pale Ale as an inspiration to create a top notch dish. In this way, the most audacious brewers could enjoy a craft beer in Malaga’s Soho with plankton, paired with Roasted rubberlip grunt and gazpachuelo-cockle soup (with a Palo cortado touch). Can you think of a tastier combination?

You already know that we are always working on new tastes and combinations at La Fábrica in Malaga’s Soho. Every month we offer two Limited Edition beers, such as the November Marine Pale Ale. Are you going to miss the next collaboration of Cruzcampo’s La Fábrica? Come and discover a #beerisistible taste!

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