Italian craft beer on the rise
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Italian craft beer on the rise

Bangkokians’ thirst for craft beers doesn’t seem to have passed. New bars pouring local brews keep popping up and imported beers are more popular than ever. New community mall The Commons, for instance, has been entertaining plenty of beer lovers since it opened.

Yet one thing we haven’t seen much of, is Italian craft beer. Many don’t associate the country with beer, and rightly so. With their world famous wines, cuisine, fashion and art, they could have skipped craft beer and no one would have blamed them. But they didn’t. Italians are just as fond of good beer as anyone else so they decided to brew their own.

Bangkok is a long way from Notaresco, a tiny town in Italy’s Abruzzo region.

Nonetheless a couple of cases of beer from the town’s local microbrewer Opperbacco made their way to to Asoke’s new hotspot: About Eatery.

To celebrate the beer’s arrival, the new wine bar and restaurant decided to throw a party. Three different Opperbacco brews were served alongside some delicious tapas.

I started with the Bianca, a light and refreshing wheat beer. This beer is brewed with un-malted wheat and oats and infused with orange peel and coriander. Aromatic and fresh, at 4.2% ABV it makes for a great starter and session beer.

Next was the 4Punto7. Although the brewery calls it a golden ale, orange is a better description of its color. The beer is brewed with malt extract from Munich and aromatic hops from America and Europe. It tasted pleasantly bitter and offered a good amount of complexity. Although it has a stronger flavor profile, however at 4.7% ABV, it isn’t much stronger than the Bianca.

The last beer on the repertoire is called L’Una. Described as “rossa”, its color is a dark red with a bouquet of aromatic citrus and spices. This one is a bit stronger, clocking in at 6.4% ABV, and as tasty as the two previous ones.

As of now, Opperbacco will be available in the following places

About Eatery (G Fl., Ocean Tower II on Asoke Soi 3, Tel. +66 2-665-2772)

D’Ark Café (EmQuArtier & Pimman 49, Tel. +66 2-662-7900)

Dexter Cafe (Satorn Soi 8, Tel:+66 2-636-6222)

With more Italian beers scheduled to make an appearance, I’d suggest you check these places out.

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