Stunning natural scenes and a cool laid-back pace make the Balearics perfect for an idyllic island escape. Famed for their action-packed resorts, chilled-out beats and legendary sunsets, there’s also a handful of microbreweries popping up as the artisan beer scene hits the Med. Go a little off the beaten track and you’ll easily discover the real flavours of these gorgeous islands.
Cas Cerveser Brewery
Majorca’s well-loved resorts in the south pack in plenty of personality but head north into the mountains and you’ll find the Cas Cerveser microbrewery.
Tucked away in the village of Puigpunyent, it’s well worth a day trip out here, even if just to take in the stunning landscape. This artisan ale factory is owned by producers Sebastian and Chelo who are passionate about using totally natural, unfiltered ingredients in their blends. Their signature Galilea Golden Ale is a pale ale characteristic of the surroundings. Pine aromas complemented by grassy, citrus flavours make this a really unique drink to try and it’s high in antioxidants too.
Beer Lovers Mallorca Brewery
This aptly named microbrewery is run by a local family with a love of all things beer. Located in the popular resort of Alcudia, this crafty start-up offers a trio of tempting treats.
First up is Blat. This is an adventurous little wheat beer. A caramel-coloured, cloudy affair with exciting layers of coriander and bitter orange peel, make this utterly moreish and great for enjoying in the sun. The delicate flavours go great with fish dishes like the Majorcan speciality – sea bass baked in rock salt. Then there’s Broll. This is a classic pale ale which packs a punch with a strong floral flavour and fragrant citrus twist. It’s really refreshing and can handle food that’s full of flavour. Bram is the last in the line-up. A solid amber ale, you can expect a toasted caramel character with this beer. You’ll find it’s great with a bit of spice too so try it with the local sausage – sobrassada. The brewery opens its doors every Friday for tours and tastings too.
Cervesa Illa Brewery
Menorca is well-known for its gin but it’s starting to get in on the real ale trend. Head to the medieval streets of Ciutadella and not only can you admire the 14th-century cathedral and abundance of traditional restaurants, you’ll find it’s also home to the Cervesa Illa microbrewery.
This craft brewery is relatively new to the scene and was started by a group of beer-loving friends in 2010. The signature Illa ale uses all natural ingredients with no added preservatives. Lookswise, it’s a cheery bright amber and the scent is super fresh with hints of vanilla and liquorice. Illa Fresca is another variation. A lemony flavour with hints of jasmine makes this one totally quaffable on a sunny day.