RateBeer
home Home > Forums >
Beer Talk | Site News | Beer Trade | Beer Travel | Food/Beer | For Sale | New Here | Homebrew | Non-US | Industry | OT - Lite | OT - Medium

Italian beer 2012


read 537 times • 10 replies • posted 7/15/2012 1:01:55 AM

Thread Frozen

premium
nuplastikk 4708:42
Is it just me or is the Italian beer scene completely insane? I was at Maxís in Baltimore tonight for Italian beerfest. I sampled quite a few Italian beers and they were all pretty much a mess. Seems to me like you take a Moretti Doppio and add nonsensical spices, fruits, barrel treatments and hope for the best, hoping you created a Belgian-esque thing. I really like the experimental nature, but just feel they are making some horrific beers, at horrific price points, and should be the laughing stock of the craft beer world.

Id still love to try every single one of them, and was completely blown away by the selection available.

Any defense for the Italian beer scene?

Private message Send the author a private message


premium
77ships 4304:117
Defense: Toccalmatto, LoverBeer, Amiata, Extraomnes,... The pricepoint is high & some stuff doesnít work but some are definetly making some very solid & good beers.
7/15/2012 1:08:29 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
GT2 8744:613
There are a lot of other good ones: piccolo birrificio, birrificio italiano, panil.

Tipopils is a classic. The ones mentioned above can be extraordinary. They may be hit or miss, but I love their experimentation with Cantillon and 3F lambic. The Duchessic is awesome along with Beersel Morning. And the Piccolo Birrificio Geuze is unreal, though very difficult to find and blended at Hannsens.
7/15/2012 1:16:34 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
GT2 8744:613
Strangly one of the best American Pale Ales Iíve had was Italian. Opperbacco EiPiei. It was incredible. And now there is Tipopils Extra Hop that Iím dying to try.
7/15/2012 1:18:17 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
Leighton 11898:641
If itís any consolation, Italian beers are very expensive in Italy, too.
7/15/2012 1:31:12 AM

Private message send the author a private message


Mortlach 1019:12
Originally posted by nuplastikk

Any defense for the Italian beer scene?



What beers you tried?
7/15/2012 2:19:47 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
Countbeer 4752:210
Originally posted by 77ships
Defense: Toccalmatto, LoverBeer, Amiata, Extraomnes,... The pricepoint is high & some stuff doesnít work but some are definetly making some very solid & good beers.

+1

And what about Revelation Cat, Baladin, Birrificio Del Ducato, Lambrate... Enough interesting and (more than) decent breweries.
Most of the brews seem to be solid enough. Some might be a mess, but I guess it is the same with American brews, or any decent (growing) beer country. Thereís a lot of solid stuff and there are some lesser brews. The Italian beer scene is still expanding with some great (underrated) brews.. .
7/15/2012 2:25:06 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
Countbeer 4752:210
Btw: I am not to fond either when or for instance Italian or American breweries brew a so called Belgium style beer. (Belgians brew with yeast, English with malts and Americans with hops). Not saying all Belgium style beers from out of Belgium are bad, there are enough bad ones in Belgium too, but I think for instance Americans are better with new styles or extreme hoppy beers.

Prices for Italian beers are expensive in Europe as well.
7/15/2012 2:42:10 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
sebletitje 6916:306
I think the Italian beers are the best surprise of 2012. A lot have come a long way from the ugly gushers from years ago. Spain is the next country to watch as well as France, a lot of interesting beers are being brewed there, especially a lot of hoppy ones.
7/15/2012 2:55:41 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
nuplastikk 4708:42
Ive got to try more, admittedly lame to paint in such broad strokes. Pretty much was just looking to see what are considered the better Italian breweries or ones to avoid, as I seemed to be in a rut of ordering loser after loser. They still fascinate me and Ill still be back, sampling more!

7/15/2012 8:20:23 AM

Private message send the author a private message


premium
nuplastikk 4708:42
The majority of the Italian beers at Maxs were actually relatively priced pretty tamely, which was nice. They were also cracking open 750s and giving single servings from them, which I havent seen done before, and was very cool. Again, sorry to make such an ignorant generalization.
7/15/2012 8:28:30 AM

Private message send the author a private message

Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50