Enjoying an artisanal pint at one of my favourite real ale pubs, Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’ in Trastevere

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