Move over Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin, Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale and Shipyard Pumpkin Head there’s another definitive beer of Autumn and it happens to come from Italy. Mondo vino has suddenly become mondo birra and craft brewed beers are becoming very popular throughout Italy. In a country where the culinary and cultural traditions of food are at the heart of everything they do it’s no surprise that in the fall of the year Italian birrifici are turning to one of Italy’s best loved ingredients – castagne (chestnuts).
Birrifici like, Birra del Borgo are part of Italy’s craft beer revolution making birra artigianale italiana from chestnuts that are dried on chestnut wood smoke for a few days then used in the production of barley malt. Described as “soft and cozy” with a pale amber color and notes of smoked chestnut & honey it sounds like a beer you can cuddle up to on a brisk fall afternoon.