Logroño is the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja in northern Spain. This region is renown for its wine, which is an important component of their economy. In 2012, Mateo & Bernabé began making the first hand-crafted beer in La Rioja. The name of the brewery and its beers come from the city’s patrons saints.
Mateo draws its name from the patron saint of Logroño’s wine harvest festival. This weeklong event begins the Saturday before September 21st, which is the day of the feast of San Mateo. The prominent “21” on the beer’s label marks this date. The traditional tool used for harvesting grapes, the corquete, is also featured on the bottle.
Fittingly for a beer from a region famous for its wine, Mateo is a wheat ale with strong fruity tones.
The Bernabé label dates back to 1521, when the French under King Francis I crossed into Spain and held Logroño under siege. Fish caught in the Ebro River kept the people alive until the French besiegers were finally fought off on June 11th. This date is now celebrated as the feast of San Bernabé, the city’s patron saint. This sweet and fruity golden ale bears his name.