Forcina (68) Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, Switzerland | September 11, 2010| Updated October 23, 2011
a beer mecca, nothing else to say
ReAle (38) Rome, Italy | August 29, 2010| Updated February 13, 2011
The Brasserie 4:20 is one of the best addresses in Europe to have a real beer experience. It’s an innovative Brasserie that rewrites the rules of taste with a clear educational and divulgative attempt. You can go @4:20 and drink just a beer, like in a pub, with a list of excellent appetizers. Or you can have a great dinner “containing” beer like in a restaurant. The food is excellent, well selected and strictly “HQ”! Cutting board with pata negra or suino nero dei nebrodi ham, fine cold meats and valued cheese. Great sea-food, pasta and fishes cooked following innovative and original recipes. They cook with beer, they serve courses together with the right combined beer. Desserts are excellent too: I use to order the Imperial TiramiStout (tiramisù & stout beer) and it’s simply delightful, maybe the best you can have in Rome! The owner takes care of drink&food quality and try to diffuse the passion of gourmet. No coca-cola, no industrial beer, no crummy food. Here you can find the best craftbeer from all over the world (Mikkeller, De Molen, drie Fonteinen), a giant selection of bottles, some excellent vintage beers, or (if you prefer) you can have a glass of rare and precious whisky (there’s the hugest and most impressive list of whisky that I’ve ever seen in my life!). For abstemious, there’s only water. The “tasting menu” is really interesting: 40 euro for a great dinner and you can taste 4 different beers. The 4:20 organize also many events, expecially for homebrewers. Fortunately, last time I get in the Brasserie the service was great again, like one years ago. Regarding the local: Brasserie 4:20 has an elegant saloon, perfectly designed and furnished, and a frisky terrace planned like a biergarten. You can reach the Brasserie by tram line 8 (get off @Piazza Nievo stop) and then it’s about 200 metres walk. Don’t miss it!
Sarebbe la Brasserie perfetta se non fosse penalizzato da un servizio un pò sommario. La qualità delle birre è sicuramente alta ma forse berle a temperature lievemente più consone e con una schiuma più adeguata sarebbe ottimale. Ottimo l’ambiente ed il cibo, ma si può sicuramente migliorare nel complesso. Non basta curare la selezione delle birre per avere successo.....
tutto quasi perfetto, prezzi al limite ma qualità di ottimo livello, per cui paghi ma ottieni! birre di ogni genere e specie eccetto birre banali... selezione di super alcolici strepitosa. se proprio devo rompere vorrei un po’ più di luce...
Cosa dire? Il 4:20 è un posto che merita di essere visitato. Il locale non passa certo inosservato, così come il menù che propone una scelta allettante di piatti preparati con birra, luppolo, malto, ecc. Non ci ho mangiato e perciò non mi esprimo sulla qualità, ma alcuni abbinamenti mi hanno davvero incuriosito. Comunque il punto di forza del locale sono le birre. La selezione è vastissima e curatissima e la birra tutta di altissima qualità. Molto molto interessante la carta delle birre invecchiate in cui primeggiano delle chicche per gli amanti delle fermentazioni spontanee. Tutto questo non è proprio alla portata di tutti i portafogli: ahimè, la qualità si paga... e vabbe’
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but upon entering Brasserie 4:20 you are transported into one of the hippest, most modern-looking beer bars you will find anywhere on this planet Earth, and I am being totally serious. The beer selection is good, and there are some interesting things on on any given day. The food here is exceptional. They specialize in seafood, and I wouldn’t say that I would tell anyone I like fish, but I sampled most of the menu here and loved every bite of food I tasted. Really top shelf. While this place is "everyman" accessible, as a woman, I would highly recommend this as a great place to bring a date.
Outside the tourist area and located on the type of fast driving street where you don’t expect to find a beer bar like this one. You won’t find many typical tourists in there. This bar attracts true beer-geeks as well as local beer lovers. The simple lighten 4:20 on the outside is not too inviting. Interior is surprising, this place is actually quite classy. Medium size, sits about 100. The setting (tables, chairs, décor) is as appropriate for easting as good dinner as it is for a long night of drinking. Food is unusual for a pub, a bit pricy and consists mainly of fish and seafood dishes. You can order snacks (fries, chicken wings, etc.). About one dozen tap lines with mostly non-italian micros. Some interesting items on tap but the tap list is not the main attraction. The bottle list is the reason you go there. Again the Italian micros are under-represented, Brasserie 4:20 is mostly about imported beer. Americans, Danishes, British, Belgians, Dutch, etc. You ask for the bottle list and they give you that long, very long list with a few hundreds of a bottles. A lot of De Molen, Mikkeller, etc. But then you can ask for the second bottle list, the one called the “vintage list” that comes in a nice book. This one has the lambics and various aged and special vintage beers. All kind of old lambics, old vintages of BigFoot and others. You can order 3 Fonteinen Millenium (A LOT of them) or Isabelle Proximus at about 150 Euros a piece (ouch! over US$200). They have a few aged bottles that I personally believe should not be aged but overall this bottle list is to die for. Service is amazing and very knowledgeable. Each bottle is opened and poured as if it was a precious 3 Fonteinen Framboos. And if the owner (Alex) recognizes you as a beer geek he will open crazy bottle after crazy bottle. This guy is nuts. Alex is to Europe what Chris Lively of Ebenezer’s is to North-America. I visited the place twice. This is one of my favourite beer bar on the planet.
Ok this is a Tricky one. Yeah we were treated like Royalty when Alex Organised RBESG 2010 ... but even trying to ignore that This has to be one of the Best bars i have ever been into.
They had UK Cask ales from some of the better UK brewies, they had De Molen, Nogne, De struise and Mikkeller to name just a few from there many taps. Both Downstairs and the Wonderfull roof gardens were comfortableand relaxing places to eat and drink.
The food while too fish based for my liking was superb... so while my choice wasnt great what there was was amazing ... and if you liek fish well im sure this is just the place for you...
While i like the idea of only beer, whisky and water, I cant help but thinking a few choice alternatives would make it easier to get your mates along, and offer a decent soft drink for the driver... But the place seemed busy most of the time so it seems to be working...
The staff were amazing despite being served by three different people over the course of the evening they had my bill spot on (with a hefty discount from Alex) ive no idea how they managed to keep track of what i ordered as i wasnt sitting in one place all night, and some were ordered from the table others from the bar...
Yeah its dear (well normally Huge thanks to Alex for his generousity) but thats because they serve some of the best beers available sourced from all over the world. ... and while value is about the only area this one misses out on top spot on MY WIFE WOULD HATE ME TO LIVE NEAR HERE... as i would be there most nights, scared that i would miss out on the net great beer to appear...
And should i ever win the lottery the first thing i will be doing is picking Alexs brain on how to do the same thing here in Edinburgh ... If every town had a bar like this we could convert the Macro drinkers in there droves