Real Ale from The Pure Mountains Brewery

Refreshing as Alhambra Especial lager is, after a few years in Spain, we found we were missing real ale. So, we decided to try brewing our own, and set up the Pure Mountains Brewery.

The brewery is housed in a semi-cave, just next to the bike workshop. It's a full mash set-up, which means we're starting from scratch, working with ingredients that include barley, hops, yeast and gallons of local mountain spring water. The hardware includes a boiler, mash tun, warming mat, thermometer and fermenting buckets.

For each batch, the boiling and mashing takes a day, then the ale needs a week or so to ferment. After that, we decant it into 500ml, stopper-top bottles, label them up and allow the ale a month or so to reach perfect condition.

Brews include Honey Buzzard, Heavy Horse and Black Goat. They vary in strength, but are all extremely drinkable. You'll find at least one of them available at the farmhouse.