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Beer Available At Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà (arranged by most recent)
Birrificio Castelli Romani Ariccina , Siren Broken Dream 97, Birrificio Italiano Tipopils 97, Pork’n’Roll Communication Breakdown , Toccalmatto Ombra , Vento Forte Pale ale , Lambrate Ortiga 89, The Wall Sunray , Birrificio Castelli Romani Giulio Agricola , Extraomnes Tripel 95, Pizza Port Cuvee de Tomme 100, LoverBeer Dama Bruna 88, Närke Tanngnjost & Tanngrisnir 90, Nøgne Ø Single Hop Citra IPA 93, Vento Forte Starter IPA , Montegioco Draco 86, Struise Black Albert 100, Weihenstephaner Vitus 98, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Struise / Mikkeller Elliot Brew - (Struise Mikkeller) 99
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Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | April 11, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
If I could give this place a 12 for service, I would. Manuele and his staff are the best! This place clearly deserves the wonderful reputation it has, with taps that rotate so often, if you take a break to go to the toilet, the beers will be different when you return. They share the beer cellar with Bir&Fud, so Manuele was very generous with pulling old beers from the cellar, making recommendations, and charging so little money it was crazy. Above all, the people are amazing! A great mixture of very friendly locals and expats. The foolish new law that makes drinking on the street illegal after 11 PM is annoying, but hasn’t dampened spirits at all. THE place to visit in Rome.
Beershine (695) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 21, 2013| Updated October 22, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
You can get different, but you cannot get better than MCSVAF. It has the best selection possible--for me--and if I had a bar it would look a lot like this. There are places with more taps, and there are places with greater obscurity of selection, but there could not possibly be a better curated selection of beers. They seem to retain a dedicated Cantillon tap, and a Gänstaller tap. That alone would be enough to keep me happy but they also have a dedicated Itslian hoppy pils tap (it was Tipopils last night), and even two cask-conditioned English style ales (including a porter). Most of the other taps were Italian microbrews of high quality and breadth of style (black IPA;Flemish sour...). No duds. Even the double IPA was an intelligent choice of a Hillside Farmstead/Cigar City collaboration that knocked it out of the park. Unbelievable. I barely glanced at the bottle selections but they are the same caliber--from Cantillon onwards. All the other bar elements are in place too. Unpretentious friendly service even when busy; busy; tasteful music selection; terrible toilets; 7 days/week. TO GO cups. What more could you possibly want? OH--it’s in ROME!
nate2g (541) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | December 26, 2008| Updated May 31, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Wow do I love this place. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa made my time in Rome a memorable one. The passion for quality beer is so refreshing and the range of beer on draught and in bottles is sensational. This is where beer geeks unite in Rome. No pretentiousness only an appreciation and thirst for the good stuff. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the bar staff. Cheers for the Narke and Mikeller brews as well as the fantastic brews on tap that were available. Do not miss this place when in Rome.
Leighton (539) London, England | September 22, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of the top spots in Rome and, indeed, one of the best bars in Europe. Not much to add at this point that hasn’t been said already. Great beer, great selection. Only annoying thing is that I recall the sports on TV being a bit loud. But still, this is a must-visit beer place in Rome.
Theydon_Bois (531) The ’Sham, England | October 27, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited each of the 3 days I was in Rome (Oct ’12).
Very much in the style of an English pub with life and soul of the pub as you enter from street level with 4 or 5 bar stools at the bar, and smokers huddled round the outside. There are also seated areas as you go past the bar upstairs and down. Pub (as per its nickname) is decorated with football memorabilia from around Europe, I noted a Sheffield United shirt and a Heart of Midlothian scarf amongst many others!
To the business end of proceedings ... 3 cask handpumps (although only one was being used on my visits) and around a dozen keg taps. Largely Italian craft brewers with a couple of Belgians on and one American offering in the form of Dark Horse - plead the 5th (which was priced cheaper than you would typically find it in London). The Italian beers were available in small or large and the small servings (33cl) were E4 for most of the ones I had.
I was well looked after and discussed beers with all of the bar staff (who spoke very good English). Big shout to Luca (who is one of the brewers at Stavio) and also to Manuelle who was kind enough to pull a bottle of ITA lambic from the fridge and split it with me, I’ll bring you something to split next time I’m over.
Great place - a MUST on a visit to Roma. Not the same selection as Open Baladin or even Bir & Fud, their other bar across the street, but a genuinely great beer destination!
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 9, 2009| Updated February 19, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Manuele and company are running one of the world’s best little craft beer bars! Here are some details of my experience there and Bir & Fud: http://www.babblebelt.com/articles/via benedetta.html
GT2 (517) Carlsbad, California | April 19, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
At some point or another we have all envisioned the perfect place for beer. Some people may envision a posh, large, modern, high-tech beer emporium with a tap list of 100 beers and a bottle list of 2,000 bottles. This is essentially ChurchKey in Washington DC. But ChurchKey has become a place for people to be seen, pay for overpriced wine at a beer bar to make a point, order a whiskey in front of a group of professional women to look sophisticated. ChurchKey is the ultimate beer bar, but with no character or charm.
Ma Che is the opposite of CK. Does it have 50 taps? No. Does it have 2,000 bottles in the cellar? No. Does it have a $5 million keg cooling unit with variable temperatures? No. Does it have a celebrity chef? No. Does it have rare beer sitting all over the shelves for you to ogle at but can’t afford? No.
Ma Che is the best beer bar in the world because it was never trying to be the best. Ma Che is a hole in the wall off a side street in Rome that you can never find. The name alone is unpronounceable making tourists unable to ask where it is. But Ma Che is the ultimate. It is open from 10 am to 1 am everyday. You can take your beers outside onto the sidewalk and chat and meet new friends. Though the tap list is small, it rotates with ferocity. The only static tap is Tipopils, a world class session beer. The rotating taps include small breweries Ma Che has personal connections with: mostly Italian, but some American, Danish, Norwegian, British as well. Many beers on tap are made exclusively for Ma Che. The bottle list shared with Bir&Fud is extensive covering retired geuze to discontinued Italian rarities. There are beers here you cannot find anywhere else in the world. The bartenders are trained very well. Every beer poured from tap is a 5/5 for appearance. Ma Che is really a small, close knit group of friends- a hidden gem that people have made their home. This place has personality and a connection. It was my beer embassy in Italy. I made so many new friends and tried many exotic beers, some that I didn’t even order! They just kept appearing. Ma Che completed a beer journey of a lifetime and I hope to return as soon as I possibly can.
fiulijn (500) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 17, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very characteristic ambiance, with good music; last time I was there is was not packed, luckily. Top beers on tap (I wonder how the rotation is though); I’m always happy to see a few Germans available; rarish bottles, but I think the prices are too high there.
Great place for the after dinner hang out.
KyotoLefty (430) Kyoto, Japan | March 15, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Take the H bus and give off at the first stop across the Tiber. I love the Atmosphere here when it’s early and not so crowded. Service is excellent whether it’s Manuele or his bartenders serving you. Perfect pours. You might have to wait a bit when it’s busy. Amazing selection on tap and in bottles, with a good mix of both Italian and imported beers. When it’s crowded, it can be a bit uncomfortable if you don’t like standing around in a crowd, so I advise going early and chilling out. Manuele is a great host.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 11, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of the coolest beer bar in the world, probably one of my top-10 watering hole. First you should know that the place is small, very small. It might sit 50 people max. Two small rooms with a big screen tv because they like European football over there, very much so. I went two times. Mid-afternoon, relaxing experience. 11pm on a busy night, not so relaxing experience. Don’t go there on a busy night unless the weather is nice. Most of the drinking takes place outside on the street on a busy night, which is a lot of fun actually. Beer selection is not extensive but you’ll want them all. First you always have some rare Beck Bräu on tap, they are truly excellent. Manuel (owner of the pub) has a special relationship with the brewer of Beck Bräu, “he’s like a brother to me” he told me. But they say that a lot in Italy. After drinking a few beer with Manuel I fell as if I was a brother to him. You can also expect to find some of the best Italian beers on tap such a Tipopils. They also have a nice bottle selection including some harder to find beer. You can tell that the tap and bottle selection is hand-picked by a true beer enthusiast (Manuel). Oh and if you are a beer geek and want the royal treatment, get in touch with Manuel to let him know you are coming. Be prepared for unmatched generosity (and please bring him some of your local beer!). There is something truly special and magical about this little pub. Fantastic place.
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