The almighty Alhambra is a palace/citadel perched on a hill that overlooks Granada, Spain. The large complex, first constructed in the 13th century, is comprised of royal residential quarters, court complexes, official chambers, world renowned fountains & baths and a mosque. So regarded for its beauty and splendor, the entire city has been declared a national monument. It rests at the foot of Spain's largest mountain outcrop, the Sierra Nevada (coincidence folks? We think not!) Its unique style and continued splendor have made this palace of Granada's Moorish kings an architectural wonder. It is believed, based on ancient inscriptions, that it was built to mirror the descriptions of Paradise in Islamic poetry.
To name a beer after this lair of kings and rulers, this Paradise on the mountain, the brewers at Cervezas Alhambra must have had great passion for their beers. The brewery was founded in 1925 by two accomplished regional brewers, Carlos Bouvard, owner of the famous La Moravia brewery, and Antonio Knorr, member of a family with a long heritage in the brewing industry. Through its 80 year history, controlling ownership of the brewery has changed hands, capacity increased, and equipment modernized. Today known as Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, the brewery is owned by the region's (Andalucía) first independent brewery group, and they have striven to create a unique brand identity for the Alhambra line where beer lovers not only associate these beverages with great taste, but also with great times. Their philosophy revolves around the concept that there are unique occasions and moments that warrant the pairing of exceptional beers to suit those special times. Word is definitely getting out: this is some of Spain's best beer!
For more information about the brewery, check out their website at www.cervezasalhambra.es.