IN a Mediterranean land famed for wine, sherry and sparkling “Cava,” the results of a study released yesterday surprisingly showed that nearly three quarters of the residents of the Balearic Islands opt for beer when it comes to choosing an aperitif.

The research for a report entitled “What Spaniards choose for their aperitif” was undertaken by Quota Research for the Beer makers federation of Spain aimed at finding out just what tastes of the general public are when it comes to the “Happy Hour”. It would seem that beer wins hands down in the Balearics with 72 percent being more than happy with a bottle of the brew accompanied by a plate of olives. Of those interviewed, 78 percent said they went out at least once a month in the company of their nearest and dearest, a figure which rises to 87 percent in summer. Those on the Islands taking part in the investigation said that in the warmer weather, they often go out about twice a week, usually at weekends. It is not just the Balearics where beer reigns supreme as an aperitif choice - all other regions of Spain came up with the same response.


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