Italy Italy trip, but not for beer. Rome, Naples, Venice, Florence.

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  1. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,631) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    So. Traveling to Italy for two weeks at the end of the month. It's not a beer-cation in the least. (I'm the only drinker, and I'm not much of a wine guy.) What are my odds of coming across some gems and treats while I'm out there? This is definitely a question more along the lines of "how's the beer culture/scene in Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence"--is craft beer still something that is a destination, and requires a search, or will I have plenty of chances to try some goodies? Worse case scenario I console myself with vino?
  2. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (290) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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    In Florence I can recommend as a beer-bar.

    For bottled beer ask someone else - i.m.o. the "good" Italian beers are all very pricy and not worth their money in comparison to (micro-)brews from other European countries...
    I was in Rome last year and brought home lots of micro-bottles I bought or traded for - they all were nice but the price was not reasonable... And I won't do it again - that's why I only drank beers on tap in Florence and didn't bring home any bottle!
  3. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (378) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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    From the US myself, but my girlfriend goes to school in Florence (and I'll be living there with her over the summer.) As mentioned above, Archea Brewery has a damn good bottle selection and have a great set of employees. I walked in there after seeing a bottle of Cantillon in the window, and it was dead at the time (other nights it was jammed pack) and I just shot the shit with the two guys there and they pulled out a SHIT ton of nice sours...they also had a bunch of other great beers to take home, as well as great beers on tap. Walked out of there with a bottle of the 100% bio kriek from Cantillon. If you have the time I'd also check out One Eyed Jack's and King Grizzly for great on-tap beer selections. I'd also pop into some COOP's if you have the chance, they have Chimay and La Chouffe for WAY cheaper than American prices.

    Italy is definitely still a wine country, but when I'm there I'm 100% happy with the beer selection and prices, even if I do miss access to a plethora of fresh IPAs. It's too bad you're going at the end of this month, I'll be back there mid May and would have showed you the beer ropes in Florence!

    Can't say I know much about the other places though, as I've only ever spent time in Florence.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  4. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,631) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    Cool! I will seek some of those places out. I'd love to load up on some rarities to bring back to the states but traveling light--and with a one-day layover in Copenhagen I'm sure I'll find something! This is my first trip but I have a feeling it won't be my last. Perhaps next time!

    P.S. What's a COOP? Also, Italian BAs--please review more places for beerfly!
  5. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (290) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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  6. Richard-de-Beer

    Richard-de-Beer Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Good (or even 1/2 good) beer in Italy is extremely expensive and not always easy to find. Industrial beer is about 4-5€ for 50cl but 'craft beer' comes in at about 10-20€ for 50-75cl.
    If you get the chance, head up to San Marino. titanbrau make some decent beers. There is a small supermarket in the old town that sells them.
  7. miamichael2

    miamichael2 Initiate (197) Dec 2, 2009 Florida
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    I found some awesome beer options in Rome, Florence, and Venice.


    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.

    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.

    You'll have an awesome trip, I loved Italy. Planning a return trip this fall!
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