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After the raucous, joyful and messy success of Testaccio’s Spring Beer Festival, this week the former slaughterhouse complex welcomes a second round of beer fest. The organisers are the same, with foodie association Terra e Sapori,  Beer Style Beer shop, Beerbaccione Beer Shop and Arrosticini Tornese  bringing together some of the best craft beer makers in Italy and a couple of interesting international names. Expect beer stands from around 20 top Italian brewers, including the likes of Birra Almond, Birrificio Pontino, Birrificio Turbacci, Birrino, Olmaia, Birrone, Lariano – Rurale – Menaresta – Kashmir (represented by Union Pub), MC77,Birrificio Settimo and Troll. Bad Attitude, Birradamare, Birrificio Aurelio, Birrificio Emiliano, Brew Fist, Buskers, Free Lions, HIBU, Maiella, Opperbacco, Piccolo birrificio clandestino, Revelation Cat and Turan have also confirmed their presence. If that wasn’t enough, gluten-free beer will also be available.

Just like the Spring Beer Festival, which took place in April, entry is free; once again, you’ll have four days to enjoy not only beer but also street food from Arrosticini Tornese; a public brewing on Sunday 16 June at 11.30; plus workshops and tastings guided by Beerstyle and Beerbaccione for the duration of the festival. Organisers have also promised a five-a-side football tournament between the different brewers in honour of Franco Re, legendary former Rector of the University of Beer in Azzate.

There’ll of course be live music from the likes of blues rockers Vintage Factory (Thursday 13 June 21.30) and rockabilly outfit Turbolenti ( Friday 14 June 21.30), while the Boogie Nights Band promise to make you spill your drink on Saturday 15 June at 21.30.

When: Thursday 13th June (17.00 – 2.00), Friday 14th June (17.00 – 2.00), Saturday 15th June (11.00 – 2.00), Sunday 16th June (11.00 – 24.00)

Where: Pavilion C, Ex-Mattatoio complex in Testaccio (entry from Ponte Testaccio)

Why Imperial? This time, each brewer has been asked to bring not just a selection of beers but specifically their “Imperial”. This is the name often given to a brewer’s showcase beer, typically bigger and bolder in taste, whose hops and malts have been doubled or tripled, making it more alcoholic. Seeing as Rome is still pretty reluctant to give up its Caput Mundi status, the whole event should make for a rather grand affair, tending towards rapid decline late on Sunday.

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Words © Isobel Lee