A beer lover’s must-visit in Palma

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A warm welcome from Pep at L贸rien

A warm welcome from Pep at
L贸rien

According to an interesting article published in El Pais last October, beer is the favourite tipple of the Spanish. Apparently 50% of Spain’s population drink beer, whereas only 20% drink wine.

Back in the day, when I first came to Spain on holiday,聽a local told me聽it was safer to drink the beer than the tap water. A glass of ice-cold cerveza certainly hits the spot on a hot summer’s day, without leaving you feeling sleepy – but聽my own tipple of preference is wine; we do, after all, live on Mallorca . . . where there are more than 70 wineries, or bodegas.

Craft beers on Mallorca

But I am interested in the relatively recent and growing interest聽in artisan or craft beer on Mallorca. I have previously written about Cerveza Nau. We visited their small brewery in Santa Maria again聽last Sunday so that The Boss could stock up, and were delighted to learn that things are going well for the two friendly聽owners.

At the last Olive Fair in the village of Caimari, we met Belgian Michel Campioni聽at a stall聽selling his Toutatis artisan beer.聽A few weeks ago we finally got around to visiting the brewery, in a hamlet just outside Sencelles. Michel has a stall on the Saturday morning market in Sencelles, and you can visit the brewery on Sundays.

Artisan Belgian brewer Michel Campioni, Toutatis

Artisan Belgian brewer Michel Campioni, Toutatis

Brewery sign

The Toutatis brewery at Cas Canar, Sencelles

An ace ale house

Toutatis’s La Blonde beer was one of the guest barrel beers on offer at L贸rien when we visited this Palma ale house for the first time on Tuesday evening. I’d only recently heard of the place, so was a tad surprised to learn that it has been open for 26 years!

We arrived early聽(almost the first customers after it had opened at 6pm) and met bearded owner Pep, who opened L贸rien in 1990, when he was only 20. He told us he was a llonguet – explaining this was a colloquial name for someone born in Palma. And聽there I was thinking it was a type of Mallorcan bread roll . . .

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Beer as decoration!

Beer as decoration!

The ale house takes its name from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and聽offers some 150 different bottled beers from around the world, as well as guest beers from the barrel. 聽The Boss couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a decent British brew, and chose the guest Red Point, an IPA (7.5掳) from Buxton Brewery – which certainly hit the spot for him.

As duty driver, I opted for a beer sin alcohol from Aragon, called Aigua de Moritz;聽it was new to me and I聽found the flavour much more enjoyable than some alcohol-free beers I’ve tried. I enjoyed it enough to have a second, while The Boss tried another guest ale . . .

What’s in a name

We perched on stools at the bar, chatting to the affable Pep. The place has a sociable ambience and is popular with locals and visiting beer fans. We’d not been there long before regulars started to drift in, giving us a chance to study the lengthy list of bottled beers – which includes nine artisan聽offerings from Mallorca. Others come from the Peninsula, Austria, Norway, Scotland, the Netherlands, Denmark, England, Belgium, Germany, and Ireland.

Don’t you just love the quirky names of some beers? Here are some that caught my attention from L贸rien’s list:

  • Marina Devil’s PA
  • Torpedo
  • Raging Bitch
  • Brutal IPA
  • Dead Pony Club
  • Liquid Mistress

I don’t know if the Vikings drank beer but, if they did, I bet it wasn’t as strong as the聽two聽Danish bottled beers聽that top聽L贸rien’s list for strength:

Blossom Directors Cut (13.5掳) is a wheat ale聽by To 脴l. Friends Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther founded this gypsy brewery in 2010. (Apparently it’s known as a gypsy brewery because they don’t have their own brewing premises and use capacity at other breweries to make their own liquid magic).聽 Tobias and Tore had begun brewing beer while still at school – in the school kitchen! – along with their teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergs酶.

Black Imperial Stout (16.7掳). This staggeringly strong brew聽is from Mikkeller – the聽brewery聽founded聽by Tobias’ and Tore’s teacher (who had assisted聽them in their school brewing adventures).

Whilst the story that links these two beers is a good one,聽it’s probably best not to try them both on the聽same night . . .

Something to eat

If you’re going to have a beer or two at L贸rien, you may want something to eat with it. The place offers聽a menu of 17 different filled llonguets (the bread rolls, not people born in Palma). Pep started serving these small rolls only four years ago and they seem incredibly good value, ranging from 1,60-2,10鈧 each.

L贸rien is on Facebook and Pep posts regular updates about his guest beers, so check out his pubs’s page if you’re a beer fan. And pay a visit to this little gem of an ale house in the back streets of Palma (near the Caputxines convent), if you’re a fan of artisan beers.

Good to know:

  • Lorien currently has live music on the last Monday of each month, but this will change in April, when Pep will close his ale house on Mondays as well as Sundays. 聽Open evenings only, from 5pm (from April 1st) until late, Monday to Friday and from 7pm Saturday.
  • Credit cards are not accepted here.
  • Beer Palma – the 4th edition of this annual fair in the city – takes place in 2016 from聽April 30th to May 10th; many of the聽national and international beers sold on the various stalls are mass produced,聽but some artisan beers from Mallorca are usually on offer聽too.

L贸rien, C/ de les Caputxines, 5A, Palma

Tel 971 723 202

漏Jan Edwards 2016.

 

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