In 1876 they opened their own brewery and created a beer that was adapted to suit the Mediterranean climate. Lighter than central European beers that were designed for colder climates, we know it as Mediterranean lager. Since then, Estrella Damm has been brewed following the original 1876 recipe, using only barley malt, rice, and hops. 100% natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives. The quality of these ingredients is their first priority, and that is why they work directly with local Mediterranean farmers. Once selected, the barley arrives at the malthouse, where first it germinates and is then dried and toated. Unlike many beers, they have their own malthouse, which allows them to monitor the entire process first hand. Their yeast is another ingredient that makes them unique, and they have been using the same strain for many generations. If it were lost or damaged then the taste of Estrella beer would change, and that is why they have three reserves of this yeast stored under the highest security: in Barcelona, Valencia and London. Good things require patience, as do the fermentation and ageing of beer. They keep their beer for one week in fermentation tanks and two in ageing tanks. This is how they guarantee a perfect result. Once it is done, they use the latest technology in the bottling process in order to combat the great enemies of a beer's taste: oxidation and microbiological contamination.