Italy Good beer spots to hit? Roma, Firenze and Venice?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by SanFranJake, Aug 16, 2013.

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  1. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    I'm a month away from going to Italy for two weeks and while I know "When in Rome...", I know I'll need my beer fix. So now's the time to do my recon.
    Venice, Florence and Rome: I know there's GOT to be some cool spots to hang and enjoy a few great European beers or shops where I can buy them and bring back to our flat.
    Help a beer brutha out...?
  2. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (294) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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  3. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Thanks for the link!
    From their first image, I'm liking it already, especially if they have Ten Fidy!
  4. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Initiate (199) Dec 2, 2009 Florida
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    Reposting from another thread:


    First up, one of my favorite bars I've been to, is Open Baladin. It's owned by Baladin Brewery. They have 35 taps plus 3 beer engines, almost entirely Italian beers. They have a couple Belgians on tap too, including almost always a Cantillon. 2008 Lou Pepe kriek was on tap when I was there in Nov 2011. Beautiful interior, delicious food too. It's walking distance, maybe 10-15 mins, from the Forum.

    Another place is Ma Che Siete Venuti a's in the Trastevere part of Rome, awesome neighborhood. This place is super small...but nice selection of Italian brews on tap, at least 8, and nice bottle selection with I believe some vintages. It's a soccer bar, so it will be packed if there's a game on (which will be an awesome experience).

    Across the street from Ma Che is a restaurant called Bir e's owned by the Ma Che folks, and the beer selection shows. At least 10 beers on tap, I believe a couple were cask. And to boot, the food is AWESOME. The bartender was super nice, spoke great English too. A great dinner spot, IMO.

    For Florence, there is a brewpub about a 5 minute walk down a main street (Nazionale) from the train station called Mostodolce. They serve 5-6 of their own beers, I liked all of them. They brew them 10-12 miles outside of Florence, so its not in house, but still a nice place to grab some Italian brews. Great soccer game atmosphere in there as well.
    (Not part of the repost: I also went to a brewpub in Florence called Il Bovaro, kind of off the beaten path. They don't have great reviews of their beer, but I thought they were good enough, and really enjoyed the food. Plus it has a nice cozy atmosphere. Apparently the first brewpub in Florence.)

    Venice is slim pickings - but there is a bar called Pub da Aldo, with no taps, but about 150 bottles or so, lots of Italian and Belgian. The big burly dude behind the bar is Aldo, the owner. It's away from the tourist areas...about a 3-4 minute walk from the Casino (which is a lame casino)'s easy to get to via the water bus down the grand canal, exit at the casino. When you're closer to the pub away from the casino, it seems a lot more of a locals area, which I found cool.
  5. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    also in Rome is Brasserie 4:20, excellent beer and excellent food, and don't forget that there's a beer festival on that weekend
  6. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    I'm leaving for vacation time in Rome and surrounding cities tomorrow afternoon for the next 6 days, are there any good bottle shop recommendations in Rome? I'm hoping to bring back some hard to get stuff I can't find here in the U.S.
  7. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)
    I'm also heading for Rome tomorrow, it's Zwanze day at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa on 14th
  8. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    That's awesome. That'll be less than a mile from where we're staying! Thanks for the suggestion.
  9. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Let me know if you find any good spots. I'm not there until the following week and am staying in Campo di Fiori.
  10. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    Will do.
  11. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    just a two minute stroll for me.
  12. YonelleBarksdale

    YonelleBarksdale Initiate (108) Jan 23, 2012 South Carolina
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    Heading to Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento next Monday, the 14th. Wife and I will be there 10 days in the cities mentioned. We also will be getting a car and driving from Florence to Rome over the course of a day. Anything worthwhile trying to hit up event wise while there? Appreciate all the previous recommendations in here and welcome any others. Cheers!
  13. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    recently returned from Rome/Florence/Miilan/Venice. In Florence there is Mostodolce a busy Brewpub with excellent Pizza and BHC The Beer House Club with a good range of Italian craft beer. In Rome I spent most of my time in Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa and Open Baladin. Didn't bother trying to find beer in Venice
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  14. abduke678

    abduke678 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    What is the new on Milan? I've been searching for some good bottleshops. Anyone know?
  15. Ragnampiza

    Ragnampiza Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2011 Italy

    As far as I know the 2 biggest bottleshops in Milan are "Roybeer" and "A tutta birra". Both should have an excellent selection of Italian craft beers and a decent range of Worldwide beers (USA, Belgium, Germany, U.K., Scandinavia). I've also heard good things about "Bere Buona Birra" which was opened in late 2012.

    Some infos:

    Via Plinio, 63
    Milano, Italy 20129
    +39 02 20402175

    A Tutta Birra
    Via Lazzaro Palazzi, 15
    Milano, Italy 20100
    +39 02 201165

    Bere Buona Birra
    Via Adige 13
    Milano, Italy 20135
    +39 02 87394371

    There is also a new pub that is going to open in November called Lambiczoon (Via Friuli 46, 20135 Milano), which I'm sure will have some sours gems soon.

    Hope this helps.
  16. abduke678

    abduke678 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    Thank you my friend! Grazie Mille!
  17. abduke678

    abduke678 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    UPDATE: I went to Bere Buona Birra. A couple of really nice guys run the place. Very informative, very polite and welcoming. They taught me a lot about Italian beer and give me great tips on local brew pubs and beer festivals.
  18. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Lambiczoon opens next week, owned by same person that has The Sherwood pub in Nicorvo.
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