|Valencia - Central market - inaugurated in 1928|
Ratebeer proved useful for identifying two beer bars to visit during our visit.
1. Birra & Blues (Sunday)On a Sunday, Meg and I joined the throng of visitors walking along the beachside promenade separated from the sea by a long sandy beach.
|Horchata and chufas (tiger nuts)|
|Birra & Blues|
|Spaghetti & Blues|
|The view from a table in the courtyard|
|The beer list and a glass of Rubia on a table in the courtyard|
|John Lee Blues|
The terminus of the number 19 bus is nearby for a convenient journey back to the city.
2a. Ruzanuvol (closed on Sundays) + El Abrazo de la ChinaLater on Sunday we visited the Russafa / L'Eixample area which lies south of the city centre.
We discovered that Ruzanuvol is closed on Sunday and resolved to return the next day.
A bottle of Alhambra Especial at nearby bar - El Abrazo de la China - eased the disappointment.
2b. Ruzanuvol (Monday) + Las Cervezas del MercadoNumber 40 bus from near our hotel took us past the impressive 'City of Arts and Sciences' site that includes the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.
|Science Museum Principe Felipe (foreground) - viewed from the bus|
We were the third customers to arrive, soon after 7pm opening time. Two fathers with young children were occupying the bar area so we found a table and sat on a bench with comfortable cushions made from recycled sacks of malt after consulting the blackboard and ordering our beers.
|a caña from Birrificio Italiano|
Birrificio Italiano and Birrificio Lambrate. With a caña, a small glass of draught beer, costing 2 euros, this was a good opportunity to try several beers without spending too much. Tipopils, a blonde lager, from Birrificio Italiano was the obvious choice to start and deserves its reputation as a lager worth seeking out. (Tipopils is the house lager at the Finborough Arms, Earl's Court, London).
|Free buffet with your beer from 7pm to 9pm|
It was soon time to order another beer and a caña of Sant'Ambroeus from Birrificio Lambrate gave me a chance to taste a stronger Belgian style ale.
|Giovanni with Ullage (West Berkshire CAMRA magazine)|
|Birrificio Lambrate - Ligera|
I had already sampled Meg's B.I. Weizen from Birrificio Italiano, a pale yellow wheat beer so ordered a caña of Bibock, the amber beer of Birrificio Italiano which has been produced since 1997. Between us we had now sampled all the draught beers so now it was time to find a bus to take us back to the hotel.
|a last look at Ruzanuvol Cerveceria Artesanal - Hasta Luego!|
Before leaving, Giovanni introduced me to Jordi, a new visitor from Cervezas Artesanas Sénia a microbrewery founded in 2010 in Alginet, about 20 km south of Valencia. It looks like a return visit to Valencia, incorporating an extra trip to visit Jordi at his brewing base, is going to be worthwhile. A blog post (in Spanish) from November 2010 by Lupuloadicto describes Cervesa Sènia and includes photos of the brewery and its founders - Cervesa La Sénia.
|Las Cervezas del Mercado - inside Valencia central market|
|Tyris 'Au Yeah' occupies a seat on the train|