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Sesma Brewing SL
Type: Brewery
Website: http://sesmabrewing.com

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Alberto Garcia founded Sesma Brewing in 2013. At first he worked as a gypsy brewer, brewing his beers at two Spanish breweries, until late 2014 when he opened his own 10hl brewery in Sesma, Spain.

Alberto grew up in Sesma, a small town in the province of Navarra in Northern Spain, about 45 minutes from Pamplona. Food was a passion of his since he was young, and he started working in kitchens while studying at University. After graduating with a degree in biotechnology he continued working in kitchens of various restaurants around Spain: in Pamplona, Madrid and Sevilla. In the meantime, beer also developed into another great passion of his. In his teens he collected beer caps and bottles, then began homebrewing while at university. He focused his studies in biotechnology on yeast and genetics.

After having worked in restaurants for over 2 years opening a brewery felt like his calling. It incorporated biotechnology--working with different yeasts strains, what he had learned in the kitchen--building a recipe and bringing different ingredients together to create one harmonious dish, and of course, beer!

The beers from Sesma Brewing are fermented with multiple yeast strains, few of which are actually traditional beer yeasts. Alberto works closely with his brother Dr. David Garcia’s company, Lev2050. David has his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology and is also an expert in yeast and genetics. At Lev2050 he works closely with wineries and vineyards to isolate and research different yeast strains from wines and grapes and study their biological nature and organoleptic qualities. In short, Lev2050 is Sesma’s source for yeasts. Alberto decides, with the help of David, what yeasts to use in each of his recipe depending on what flavors, aromas, acidity, attenuation, etc. he is looking to achieve in the final beer. Using different yeast in each beer requires extra attention during the fermentation process, to make sure the yeast is healthy and operating throughout. Alberto is not interested in big hoppy beers, that are currently in vogue in the Spanish craft beer scene. Instead he aims to achieve subtle flavors, nuance, and harmony while often incorporating local/regional produce and ingredients into his recipes. Sesma Brewing is making some of the most unique beers to come out of Spain now.

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