It’s not always all about wine. Craft beer is everywhere, from small towns in Italy to the US. At a recent beer tasting event, I came across a group of young guys from the area near Como in Italy, whose Bad Attitude beer is going far. ‘The brewing process is the pen with which he delineates the shape of the story. My beers are liquid stories.’ The Bad Attitudes, super fans of the movie the Big Lebowski, and people who want to change the world by going green and making their own paths, represent the youth of what Italy can be. They are innovative and creative, but most of all they have a passion for what they love and do, creating beers which go down smooth. Bootlegger, Hobo, Two Penny, Rudolph, Hipster and Kurt; the six beers they produce with a history attached to each one. The Bootlegger, a California Common, is a golden, clear beer with large bubbles and loads of foam. The smell was soapy and fruity like apricot. Spiced with coriander and infused with cane sugar, it was a bit sweet for my taste, but an easy sell for the California cool. The nutty and sweet bitterness of the beer lingered and bit the back of my mouth and almost felt slimy on the tongue. Kurt, a Pale Ale, is a dedication to the late Kurt Cobain, bringing us memories of youth and life changes. It’s a golden brown color with aromas of honeyed lemon, kiwi, mandarin and mature peach. Bitter and astringent, it was easy to drink and the minerality made you want more. In some way it reminded me of a Becks beer instilled with fruit. The IPA (Indian Pale Ale), Hobo, is warm and hoppy. Candied in smell and taste, it wasn’t one of my favorites. However, the Two Penny, is fantastic. A dark porter styled beer, similar in look to a Guiness. What makes this beer so unique however, is that after it is fermented, they age the beer in old oak casks, once used to mature whiskey. The vanilla and white chocolate flavors fill your mouth and the beer is smooth and cooling.
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