Italy's Craft Beer Boom Takes Note Of Winemaking Traditions

on 24/11/10 at 11:42 am

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Photo: Elizabeth Helman Minchilli

If you haven’t heard yet, Italy is in the midst of a craft beer tidal wave. Five years ago there were barely a handful of good beers to be had. But in the last year there has been an explosion of small, craft birrificci opening up.

The interesting thing is that most of them seem to hale from Piedmont. At the Salone del Gusto, in Torino, I attended a craft beer tasting where eight out of eight beers were from Piedmont. And most of the breweries were under two years old. What’s going on?

One of the best known of this new breed of brew masters is Teo Musso, who’s been crafting his Baladin beers in the small town of Piozzo since 1996. His beers are pretty much distributed not only all over Italy, but all over the world. And you’re about to get to know him a whole lot better, since he is one of the masterminds behind the soon-to-be-opened beer garden on top of Eataly in New York.

{Full story via The Atlantic}

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