The eighth edition of the Craft Beer Week is about to start. Appointments with tastings, dinners, new debut beers throughout Italy from 12 to 18 March
Every year there is a "debutante ball" which does not include fabulous clothes and starched cadets. It is what precedes the Craft Beer Week, which this year reaches its tenth edition and takes place throughout Italy from 2 to 8 March. Of course, the "novices" are the unpublished beers in the Italian craft beer panorama, protagonists of an anticipation of the party, which will take place in the Eataly Roma store from Friday 28 February to Sunday 1 March. In particular, the "debutante ball" mentioned above will be an opportunity to present 18 unpublished beers of as many producers and taste them together with the brewers and the organizers of the event, Salvatore Cosenza and Andrea Turco.
Once the atmosphere is heated, the party moves all over Italy, with a busy calendar with hundreds of appointments: guided tastings, visits to breweries, presentations of new beers, musical evenings, promotions and above all evenings of food pairings. In times of restrictive measures due to the spread of coronavirus it should be specified that each individual initiative is organized independently by pubs, breweries, beershops, restaurants, bistros, wine bars, associations or e-commerce sites and that therefore there may be variations in the calendar , especially in the areas most affected by the emergency. To find the nearest event and check for any program changes, just refer to the site which is called Beer Week, where there is a section dedicated to the various events divided by date and region.
Increasingly loved, craft beers have spread in the habits of Italians: if in 2010 we could count 311 craft breweries, today there are over 850 plants in operation and the market share related to craft beer has recently exceeded 3% . Several events proposed by the participants in the event, which last year exceeded five hundred, among the unmissable, there is the Dinner-challenge "Wine versus Beer"Of March 2 at Osteria number 2 of San Giorgio Bigarello (MN) where a dinner in food pairing will take place with the products of a company, the Siemàn of Villaga di Vicenza, which precisely specializes in both natural wines and spontaneously fermented beers. Moving to the South, Thursday March 5th, the Bottega del Luppolo in Altamura (BA) will house the Birrificio Mastino brewer with 7 thorns dedicated to his creations, while the next day the Birroteca di Potenza organizes a tasting of Saison with the brewer of the Basilisca Brewery, while the beer sommelier Gerardo Romano will introduce guests to the Lambic world. In the same day, in Rome, at the Hopside there will be an evening with the Birra del Doge brewer. Saturday 7 March will be the day of the open breweries: In Forgaria nel Friuli (UD) Garlatti Costa beer visit with the brewer and possibility of tasting. Same thing will happen in Liguria: in Savona from BEdreamER and in Genoa from Maltus Faber. In Lombardy, Rogno (BG), a workshop on raw materials will be held at the Pagus Agricultural Brewery. The boys of the Trunasse Brewery in Centallo (CN): public cooked and a tasty BBQ. And a stone's throw from Rome the Ritual Lab di Formello, fresh winner of the prestigious title of Brewery of the year 2020, organizes a public crush for curious and enthusiasts. And to end in style, just go to Molise to participate, on the morning of the final Sunday of the Craft Beer Week, in a relaxing session of Beer Yoga in the courtyard of the Cantaloop brewery of Cantalupo nel Sannio (IS).
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