Brewing up in Rome

Food, What's New — By Erica Firpo on June 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Though many look to Italy for its prolific bouquet of  wines, there is a subculture of travelers whose Eat-Pray-Love experience must be frothy and by that, I mean beer.   Beer travelers are perhaps the most friendly breed of tourists always on the hunt for a bit of culture on tap.  Even with hundreds of photo-worthy enoteche in Rome, the Eternal City will quench your beer thirst.  Whether looking for national favorites Peroni and Nastro Azzurro, or insearch of limited editions, Rome will not fail you.

The Trastevere neighborhood leads the way with some of Rome’s most favorite beer bars such as Bir & Fud an ample selection of handcrafted brews and creative comfort food, and old school favorite Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà,  serving a rotating selection of artisanal beers within its football-bannered walls.  Birreria Olmsted, on the “other side” of Trastevere is a landmark pub, known for its German beers especially.   Hidden in the Porta Portese area is a Brasserie 4:20, whose name alone should be just enough of an invitation.  4:20 serves only beer, water and whiskey, has 28 taps, 13 pumps, vintage beers and lovely menu.

Head to Piazza Venezia, Rome’s very center, to find Antica Birreria Peroni, the old school Italian brewery whose motto  Just as precious as milk are words to live by as  this original turn-of-the-century beer house features Peroni’s four frothy favorites: Nastro Azzurro, Crystall Red, Fuller’s London Pride and Peroni Gran Riservas.  A newer version of an old Italian favorite is Open Baladin, from Le Baladin brewing company from the Piemonte region, more commonly know for its spectacular barolo wines.  Open Baladin stocks 140 different brews.

For the adventuresome, (i.e. anyone willing get off the beaten paths), take a peak at Bed and Beer in Ponte Milvio, Rome’s most recent hipster hangout about 15 minutes north of the city center.  Touted as Rome’s smallest beer bar, Bed & Beer showcases 500 beers form over 25 countries, a World Cup of beers, so to speak.  The ever-in-the-gastronomic-know Katie Parla found the almost as tiny beer speak-easy Blind Pig, just past San Giovanni in Laterano.  My personal favorite, and not too hard to find, is Cantina Tirolese, in the Vatican’s Borgo neighborhood. A kitschy Alpine-themed fondue restaurant, Cantina Tirolese also has on tap some of Austrian’s finest beers– and a very nice beef stoganoff.

Photo by Romefile


Tags: beer, Culture, Food, Rome, Things to Do

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