The popularity of artisanal beers has grown rapidly in Italy over the past decade, and while there are great breweries located all over the country, Rome has become something of a melting pot for real ale enthusiasts. Every month, new beer stores pop up in the city and beer-tasting events, led by legendary drinking establishments such as Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’ in Trastevere and Bibere in Garbatella have gained loyal followers. Even the reputation of Lazio-based beer producers has improved exponentially in recent years.
This week, the inaugural Spring Beer Festival is coming to Testaccio for four days of beer tasting, beer-making workshops, cheese, cold-cuts and cake design. With live concerts planned and musical aperitifs courtesy of Wasabiradio, it’s a spectacle not to be missed for beer-lovers and anyone else that wants to make the most of the increasingly balmy spring evenings in Rome. See the website or check their facebook page for a full breakdown of the events and workshops over the four days. Entrance is free, with beer available for sale directly from the participating stands. Most ales will be sold for a standard amount all over the festival, but expect a few special beers to be priced accordingly.
The Spring Beer Festival, 4-7 April 2013
Fiera della Birra Artigianale e dei Sapori
Ex Mattatoio Testaccio, Padiglione C (Farmers’ Market area)
Entrance: Ponte Testaccio
Thursday & Friday April 4 and 5: 17.00-2.00
Saturday & Sunday April 6 and 7: 11.00-24.00