Bee Beer with Xavier Losada – BeerSmith Podcast #241

by Brad Smith on August 12, 2021 · 1 comment

Xavier Losada joins me this week from Madrid Spain to discuss his experiences as a Chemical Engineer for a big brewery and his transition to a Craft Brewery owner with Bee Beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:49)

  • This week I welcome Xavier Losada. Xavier is a Chemical Engineer who worked for 11 years as a Technical Manager at Cerveceia Polar, one of the largest breweries in Venezuela. Six years ago Xavier migrated to Madrid, Spain to found his own small brewhouse called Bee Beer.
  • We start by discussing Xavier’s time at Polar as a Chemical Engineer working with one of the largest breweries in the area. Xavier explains how producing the beer became increasingly challenging as Venezuela’s economic situation deteriorated.
  • We talk about the impact of the Craft Beer revolution, as well as some of the reasons Xavier and his family eventually decided to leave Venezuela.
  • Xavier explains some of the reasons behind his decision to found Bee Beer.
  • We talk about the size and theme behind his small brewery.
  • Xavier explains the beers he offers and how he is trying to promote craft beers in an area that is still dominated by light lagers.
  • We talk about his beer lineup and how he gypsy brews his beer.
  • We briefly discuss the Craft Beer scene in Madrid and its growth and evolution.
  • Xavier explains the impact of COVID, which most significantly dried up the tourism that is central to his location in Madrid.
  • We discuss his future plans for Bee Beer.
  • He shares some lessons he learned working both at a very large brewery and running his own small Craft Beer room.


Thanks to Xavier Losada for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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Moses Mogotsi August 13, 2021 at 2:48 am

I have been so excited to listen to the podcast with Xavier Losada. It is so inspiring because I’m trying to find my way out as I’m planning to own my craft beer project. So listening and following your topics has helped me a lot. And hope one day you will connect me with retired brew master to help me develop my project. I’m in Botswana Africa a d there is only one big brewery which I feel there is a growing ninche market of craft beer developing and growing. Thank you very interesting show.

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