“And I enjoy the bitterness of beer, sitting back halfway, in the face of the mountains and clouds at the lighthouse” to sing beer in verse is a poet from Trieste, Umberto Saba.

It’s true, autumn is now in its reddish colors and the holidays and the summer are just a distant memory, but we do not despair, we can drive away from our melancholy and fall back with a good beer.

The “barley wine” that caused Dionysos to flee from Mesopotamia did not like to the Greeks, but here it was produced and appreciated as early as the 4th millennium BC. Bread and beer may have the same age and the same origin. A long history that crosses and accompanies different people, moving from Asia to Northern Europe and driven away by Islam, the beer then found shelter in the monasteries that perfected it throughout the Middle Ages.

Water, malt, hops cereals and yeast. The ingredients of beer are just these, but their combinations are almost endless. The choice of cereals, especially barley but also wheat, rice and corn, the type of hops, the yeasts, the water used and the possible flavoring, give birth to many different beers, each with its own personality.

However, the beers diversify according to the type of fermentation (induced high fermentation beer, low fermentation-induced beer, spontaneous fermentation beer) and these three types of fermentation and their hybridizations give life to a number of extraordinary beer styles.

Let’s discover some of them together, especially the ones offered by Piedmont Delights:

DICIOTTOZEROUNO BREWERY

The idea of opening a brewery was born in 2009 in a boring working day in the meanders of a gray Milanese office. The passion for beer was pleasantly cultivated for a long time. The first 50-liter system was purchased and the first tests began. After an initial period of settling and a few crushes of dubious quality, the new brewers meshed and began to churn out some nice and well-balanced product. In 2012 a plant with a 12HL cooking room was purchased and the preparations began for obtaining from a former farmhouse in the municipality of Oleggio Castello a brewery that brought with it the evocative atmosphere of a long forgotten time. Finally, the Diciottozerouno brewery gave birth to the first Pilsner.

BOHEMIAN PILSNER “CARAIBI”

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This is the style that inspired all the light lagers, the original version of the “blondes”. The color of the “Caribbean” is golden, the aroma is rich, with scents of malt, spices and flowers, fragrances among which we can recognize the hops. The taste is complex, you can perceive the sweet of the malt and a touch of honey, sweets that are well contrasted by the bitterness of the hops.

Low fermentation beer
Alcohol volume: 4.5%
Serving temperature: 7 °
Also available in the 75cl version

BELGIAN DARK STRONG ALE “GRANATA”

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The dark version of the Belgian Strong Ale, a more powerful beer, with a sweet, soft and creamy taste. The Granata revises the classic canons of the Dark Strong Ale and its color is ruby red and has a fine foam that releases melon and red fruit notes. The alcohol content is masked by the sweetness of toasted malts and well-balanced body.

High fermentation beer
Alcohol volume: 7.2%
Serving temperature: 10 °
Also available in the 75cl version

AMERICAN PALE ALE “RUGGINE”

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The English beer par excellence had practically disappeared in the United States, when in the early eighties some breweries took over the production but differentiated it from the English model. The clear American Ale, called APA (American Pale Ale) have in fact a more pronounced taste of hops than the English “cousins”. The name “Ruggine” (or “rust” in English) of this beer recalls its orange color. On the nose the citrus and exotic fruit notes accompany the fruity scents of the yeast. In the mouth, we find the round sweet given by caramel malts balanced by the important bitter note of American hops.

High fermentation beer
Alcohol volume: 5.2%
Serving temperature: 10 °
Also available in the 75cl version

BELGIAN SAISON “OCRA”

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The Saisons originate from Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, near the border with France. The name “Saison” means “season”, because its production was linked to the seasons in the past. In fact, the fermentation took place in autumn or winter, while the wine was poured at the end of summer. The problem of the Saisons was mainly related to the difficulty of obtaining a sufficiently alcoholic product to keep for months.

This style was born before the invention of refrigeration when the Belgian brewers were forced to ferment beer in autumn or winter to prevent it from being damaged by heat.

Saisons have a dry taste and are not too alcoholic and Ocra is a yellow-colored beer. Here the use of wheat in mash gives the typical veiling and plenty of white foam. On the nose, the hops are light and are overwhelmed by an intriguing spice. In the mout,h a river of bubbles and a slight acidity will combine with honey notes making this beer extremely refreshing.

High fermentation beer
Alcohol volume: 5.8%
Serving temperature: 9°
Also available in the 75cl version

TUSIGHIN BREWERY

The boys of the “Tusighin” brewery, Lorenzo and Filippo, have recently opened a pub in Arona so the best way to taste the beers of their recent production is to go there.

BELGIAN PALE ALE “LUXIA”

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Although more low fermentation beer is produced in Belgium, the Belgian Ale (also called Spéciale) have fans all over the world. Similar in some aspects to the British Ale, Belgas are usually more aromatic. The “Luxia” can be considered a “daily” beer, easy to drink, sweet and balanced. Delicate are the floral notes that recall jasmine, the taste has a nice acidity and at the end you can perceive the bitter but pleasant note of the hops.

High fermentation beer, unfiltered, unpasteurized and refermented in the bottle.
Alcohol volume: 5.6%
Serving temperature: 4-7°
Also available in the 75cl version

BELGIAN DUBBEL “GRAVIS”

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“Dubbel” means double and this style of beer was born for the first time in 1836 in the Trappist Abbey of Van Westmalle where it is still produced today. It is a beer with a complex aroma with evident hints of malt. Its color is of an intense copper and the scents of its ivory foam remind the ripe fruit. The taste is soft with notes of chocolate and caramel, spices, raisins and a hint of liquorice.

High fermentation beer, unfiltered, unpasteurized and refermented in the bottle.
Alcohol volume: 7.1%
Serving temperature: 12-14°
Also available in the 75cl version

ENRICO CROLA

We had already talked about him and his wines here, and today we’d like to talk about his beer.

ITALIAN GRAPE ALE “HIGA”

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The Italian Grape Ale IGA are beers produced with grapes. This style has recently been added to the list of styles defined in the BJCP and it’s the first type of “all Italian” beer. Italians are the first in the world to use grape must in the production of beer.

These are beers in which the character of the grape, with its aromatic and typical notes, must be present and not compromised by the ingredients of the beer must.

Born from the collaboration between the Enrico Crola Winery and the Hordeum Brewery. It is the expression of the agricultural excellence typical of the Piedmont area of the MAB area of the Ticino and Lake Maggiore: the distinctive ingredients of this beer are the Hordeum distal barley grown in Cameri (NO) and the Nebbiolo grapes of the Colline Novaresi di Mezzomerico (NO).

It is a limited edition beer of 2500 numbered bottles. A beer that focuses on freshness and simplicity of drinking. In the mouth, the malt structure of the base beer is felt with the solid caramelized scaffolding but the body presents in the course of the drink a greater dryness, and a slight vinous acidity.

Drinking a good beer is always a pleasure to be fully enjoyed: a pleasure to be such, must involve several factors not only related to personal taste, the atmosphere of the moment or the good company, but also to a proper technique of service.

How to pour beer from the bottle?

The inclination of the glass is fundamental: the more the glass is inclined and the beer slides along the internal edge, the less foam is formed.

The service temperature?

A cold beer is certainly refreshing, but a low serving temperature prevents you from appreciating the infinite nuances of flavors of the drink. Those who wish to have a beer must also pay attention to the right temperature: never too cold but always above 6 ° C. A general indication that should be applied in relation to the type of beer is that as the alcohol increase, the service temperature must also rise up to a max of 14 ° C.

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With love,

Elena