THE ALBUFERA MONSTER, THE NEW BREWING ADVENTURE FROM VICENTE GANDÍA.
An organic and vegan beer brewed by winemakers. The Valencian winery is starting to explore the craft beer market with its new sustainable project.
Vicente Gandía recently decided that the most successful European winery would launch its new organic and vegan Albufera Monster beer after devoting their heart and soul to the production of fine wines over four generations throughout its 135 year history.
Myths about the existence of a monster which lives in the murky waters of Albufeira have become dispelled over time. Several witnesses have experienced sightings of a replica of what appeared like a giant eagle which has reinvigorated the legend of the Albuferian monster. Is this the truth or reality?
A story among a group of fishermen circulated around social media back in 2007 when a huge species of an eel was captured. These fishermen were already blaming the abnormal size of the eel found in amidst the murky waters of the lagoon. High levels of pollution resulting from decades of spillage caused by the industrial development of the region may have been the result of a genetic mutation which led to the development of this specimen of a humungous eel. But what is the legend of the Albufeiran monster actually hiding?
Javier Gandía, the General Director of Vicente Gandía says: “It is an increasingly difficult challenge for any brand when approaching millennials. Creating products with a solid history is a good way to attract their attention as they are steeped in content which allows them to interact with each other using new technology. One highly significant factor is that they are also sustainable projects. The Albufera Monster, the new beer from Vicente Gandía pays testament to this”
The new Bodegas Vicente Gandía sustainable project has come to light with the objective of raising social awareness for renovating the Albufeira National Park which forms the main gateway to the Valencian landscape. It is a mild, aromatic and artisan beer brewed by winemakersby using two lightly roasted barley ecological malts and wheat in the style of a Blonde Ale. The combination of two varieties of organic hops, saaz and cascade give the aromas a particularly refined feature. It is fermented twice inside the bottle which produces natural carbonation (without additional CO2) and which gives it a particularly pleasant, healthy and different feel. The Albufera Monster is a pale amber coloured beer with hints of honey and vanilla which resemble a Californian Chardonnay wine. It is easy to drink and is really refreshing. The flavours are really well integrated in spite of its bitter taste. It is ideal as an accompaniment to tapas, salads, rice dishes, and grilled meat or fish.
The Albufera Monster is a craft, vegan and organic beer brewed by winemakers. For a cleaner Albufeira.
The winemaker and writer of “Los Supervinos 2017”Joan C. Martin likes to face the supermarket shelf and let himself be impressed by the wines that he can find there. He is able to taste 981 wines and make a selection of the 150 best which are in this guide, “supermarket wine guide” with 102 “Superwines” for less than € 6.99 and 48 “megawines” for less than 14,99€. According to Gourmand Awards “Los Supervinos” is considered the best wine guide of Spain.
In this edition, Vicente Gandía is well positioned because four of their wines are very well rated in this guide: Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon, El Miracle by Mariscal, Castillo de Líria Blanco and Pluvium White. With these high scores the winery remains a benchmark offering excellent quality wines with a great value for money.
Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon is a red varietal with appellation of origin Utiel- Requena. The grapes are grown in the “Hoya de Cadenas Estate”. It is an eco-paradise just 100km from the city of Valencia. The estate boasts over 300 hectares of the finest local and international vine varieties. This Estate enjoys a particular micro-climate with temperature variations from day to night which gives the grapes their own special characteristics.
El Miracle by Mariscal is an intensive wine with an attractive colour from old vines, with appellation of origin Valencia and 100% grenache. This wine is inspired by the barrel of Javier Mariscal which its part of the “Arte en barrica” museum collection in the Finca Hoya de Cadenas, owned by Bodegas Vicente Gandia. This wine it’s for cosmopolitan and avant-garde palates like Mariscal’s art.
Castillo de Liria white is a young, dry wine with appellation of origin Valencia and whose grapes varietals are Viura and Sauvignon Blanc. Since 1971 Castillo de Liria is the pioneer wine brand in Valencia. Wines made from indigenous and international grape varieties, present in more than 60 countries of five continents, becoming one of the best selling Spanish wine brands in the world.
Pluvium White is a white, young wine with appellation of origin Valencia, from the subzone Alto Turia and elaborated with Merseguera and Sauvignon Blanc grape varietals. It is the fruit of the wonderful combination between the ground and the rain. It’s one of the best wines from Spain in value for money.