Buongiorno Signore e Signori! So conditions haven’t really improved here in England. Traffic is jammed, roads are shut, and I couldn’t find my swimming trunks today. Darn. No work for Evan.
Anyway, as I’m sure the Brits would rather be anywhere other than here, I chose to bring you to the lovely shore of the Mediterranean. Italy.
Beer #1: Birra Morreti Original
Brewery: Birra Morreti, now Heineken, Italian Division, Italy
So you’ll have to take my word that this beer is actually Morreti! Unfortunately lighted taps don’t photograph well!
Impressions: This is a nice smooth lager. Very light and refreshing. Low bitterness with only a light hopping, creating light citrus notes. Medium carbonation.
Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)
Verdict: This is a squarely average lager. Light and refreshing, with enough flavour to be enjoyable. Better options out there!
Beer #2: Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Brewery: Peroni Brewery, now owned by SABMiller, Rome, Italy
Impressions: Another smooth, refreshing lager. Light and crisp taste, medium to low bitterness. Medium carbonation (as you can see from the awful pour, resulting in a large head). Light cereal notes, and I strangely get a taste of olives. Not sure if that’s psychosomatic association with Italy. Hmm.
Score: 7 / 10 (Good)
Verdict: I’m not sure why I enjoyed this more than Birra Morretti, but there’s just something to this beer. I’ve had it several times now, and it’s definitely a go to lager against the likes of Carlsberg (English version) or Carling. It’s smooth, light, refreshing, and goes down well. Nothing too unique about this beer, it’s just made well.