Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Estrella Damm Daura

Brewery:  Damm S.A.
Locale:  Barcelona, Spain
Craft Circa:  1876
Style:  Lager
ABV:  5.4%
Notables: Available year-round; Gluten Free
Spain – “La Roja” (The Red) or “La Furia Roja” (The Red Fury)


Italy - “Gli Azzurri” (The Blues) (See our review on Birra del Borgo’s IPA)

Apologies for my tardiness, I’d like to say that I got caught up in the celebrations of Spain’s spanking of the Azzurri with a score of 4 - nil to repeat as European champions in Euro 2012.  However, I was rooting for the Blues.  Thankfully it didn’t end up in PKs (Penalty Kicks), no one wants to see that, but who would’ve guessed we’d be subjected to such a lopsided game.  Either way congrats to La Roja and their fans, the sure favorites to repeat as 2014 World Cup champions in Brazil.   

Now on to the beer review….

Label:  Nothing special though incorporated the color red, a prominent color of Spain. 

Overall:   Pretty good.  Our somewhat randomly selected beer to represent the Spanish side is Estrella Damm Daura from the brewery Damm S.A.  When you think of Spain, beer or cerveza isn’t usually the first thing that pops in your head (at least not my head), more likely you’ll think of wine or vino.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, it’s probably because I went into this with very low expectations.  The beer had a very crisp, refreshing, almost “nutty” flavor from what I could gather.  This was a pretty good lager as lagers go.  And an added bonus for those of you who care, it’s gluten-free too (also see review on Two Brothers Brewing Company’s Prairie Path Golden Ale).  

So enjoy this beer year round while watching a bullfight if that’s your thing or a fĂștbol match or simply nothing at all.

Acquisition:  4 pack $7.99 11.2 oz. bottles


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