From the outside, this cool Rojales bar looks like any other. Step inside though, and be prepared to immerse yourself in a magical world of craft ales, some made on site, and try the wonderful food barbecued over an open fire in the winter with succulent summer options the rest of the year. This and much more is waiting for you at Triple Brew in the heart of Rojales, and it’s all thanks to the combined talents of Faith from New Zealand and her German husband Michael.
The entrance on Calle San Antonio, just a few steps from the Carlos III bridge, leads to the wine bar area filled with shelf upon shelf of wines not only from around Spain but from all around the world. You are certain of a warm welcome. Just a quick glance at their menus demonstrates the quality of international wines and beers on offer, and hinted at the gastronomic delights we had yet to discover.
We were quickly shown through to the cave room where the hoppy magic happens. Silver beer stills wait ready to serve you their home made craft ales. The made-on-site beers are our personal favourites but there are also plenty of bottles and cans from a wide variety of countries far and wide. There are also a number of international beers and ciders on tap.
We have now visited on many occasions, but our thoughts on our first visit have not changed and our love for this special bar continues to grow with every visit. Here’s what we said the first time around: “Over the evening we all settled for the 4 Elements IPA which is made with a blend of four different types of hops. Our wonderful hosts did allow us to have a taste of the others though. Pumpkin Ale was brewed, as you might have guessed, for Halloween and it had a distinct flavour which was a little sweet for me, although not unpleasant. The Breakfast Stout was something else though. It was like dessert in a beer glass. Luckily we only had a taste in a shot glass, and that is probably the right measure. The delicious assault of the taste buds was delightful with chocolate, vanilla and Nutella all combining with a rich imperial stout. I hope they decide to serve it as a dessert beer in the future as I can’t really see anyone managing a larger serving.”
Beyond the cave is another place where magic happens. The dining area and outdoor terrace are very comfortable. In the cooler months an open fire roars on one side and is the perfect place for your kebabs (chicken, beef, prawn or vegetable) and sausages (bratwurst or chorizo) to be cooked. Everything was absolutely perfect and the side salads just complemented the main courses with expert precision. Faith’s home-made garlic-chilli-cheese bread was another assault on the taste buds – one that will be repeated in the near future I am sure. We didn’t even get around to ordering the German pretzel bread which had caught my eye first of all! The meal was finished off with some lovely cupcakes and a surprisingly small bill. We have since been back many times and their standards have not dropped one bit.
In the summer it’s a bit too hot to have a roaring fire on the go. Don’t worry, the menu might be a little different but the quality is not. Curried sausage rolls? Yes, they have them, and they are amazing! High towered burgers will more than satisfy your appetite, although the pulled pork version has fast become Mrs Paella’s personal favourite. Michael has become a master at cooking pizzas from scratch in a gas pizza oven. Try the tandoori chicken pizza for something a little different. I just can’t resist it! The spicy potato wedges on the side are just too moreish!!
Triple Brew is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from midday through to the late evening. It was after midnight last time we left! Make sure you ask about their loyalty scheme when you are there as exclusive events are a regular occurrence. They are also running a monthly wine tasting event but you’ll have to book as places are limited and they sell out quickly.
What are you waiting for? Go there now! Maybe we’ll see you there!!!