The beers will bolster the beer importer’s Spanish portfolio, which has already enjoyed success with its artisan Andalusian beer Alhambra.
The new beers include Palax, described as a high-class, bottle-conditioned artisan lager; and Ceriux Rubia, a one-of-a-kind, double-fermented craft ale, which is known as ‘the beer with a touch of wine’.
Morgenrot’s commercial director John Critchley commented: “Since I first tried the Palax and Ceriux beers, I have been desperate to get the brewery’s UK distribution rights as they epitomise what is great about Spanish food and drink. The beers are of unbelievable quality, packed full of flavour and great with food and friends. With the brewery’s Riojan provenance and sublime packaging, we’re delighted to be the official UK importers and expect huge things in the coming years.”
The 4.9% abv Palax has aromas of honey and citrus fruits. It is packaged in a specially designed 33cl bottle with an rrp of £1.99 to £2.49.
Ceriux Rubia is a 5.4% abv blond craft ale made using Perle and Cascade hops. The beer undergoes an ageing process of over a month in between fermentations and it also has concentrated Viura and Tempranillo grape musts added to it that are provided by the Nivarius winery next door. The beer is priced around £2.99 to £3.49 a bottle.
The brewery Cervecera Artesana is the brainchild of Javier Palacios, who had a life-long passion for beer while making wine in Spain’s most famous wine region. It is part of the Palacios Vinoteca Group, which produces the Trus and Nivei wines.
Both of the new beers will be targeted at the off-trade.