We import all our craft beers directly from some of the best and most original Italian breweries working today. Each of the breweries are known for their distinctive contribution to the evolution of the Italian craft beer movement, and the forging of a typically “Italian” beer culture. Using local ingredients particular to their regions such as grapes, herbs, fruits and spices, these brewers are some of the most experimental in Italy. We are proud to be the first to introduce their beers to Ireland.
|BIRRIFICIO MONTEGIOCO Alessandria, Piedmont
Head Brewer – Riccardo Franzosi, Fermento Birra Brewer of the Year 2012.
English Pale Ale – 5%vol (69 points, Ratebeer)
Amber Ale with coppery highlights. Fruity notes on the nose, toast, caramel, accompanied by hints of herbs, citrus and pepper, typical of the hops used (Fuggle and Cascade). In the mouth, the structure of the malts supports the bitter hops (40 IBU), persistent grapefruit finish.
|33cl & 75cl||€5.50 / €12|
Strong Belgian Ale – 8.5% (105 points, Ratebeer)
Strong Ale with a beautiful deep amber color and ruby highlights. The nose highlighting notes of figs, walnut, caramel, berries. Full-bodied palate, with clean finish thanks to the East Kent Goldings hops, accompanied by hints of gentiana and licorice. Very long robust aftertaste, with syrupy and mineral notes emerging.
|33cl & 75cl||€7 / €15|
Extra-Strong Ale with Organic Cranberry Syrup – 11%vol. (85 points, Ratebeer)
Produced by adding cranberry syrup (organic) to the fermentation of Demon Hunter, this beer has an intense ruby color with almost no foam, similar to Barley Wine. Aging aplifies the notes of honey, dried fruit, caramel, dried flowers, blueberry, warm alcohol, and cherry syrup on the nose. The taste is sumptuous,enveloping, warm, sugary, alcoholic, great body, persistent; in the end emerges a vinous character, with a touch of tannin which helps to give balance.
Strong Stout – 8.5%vol. (95 points, Ratebeer)
Ebony coloured strong Stout. The nose is intense, with toasted notes, soy sauce, coffee, mocha, tobacco, a hint of balsamic and a hint of tropical fruit. In the mouth it is soft, enveloping, with a powerful note of licorice and caramel, accompanied by a hints of mint and cocoa beans. Finishing with a hoppy, bitter backbone, very herbaceous.
|Rex Grue (Seasonal)
Strong Blond Ale with Clary Sage Flower – 7.2%vol. (82 points, Ratebeer)
Produced by adding flowers of clary sage(Montegioco), bright clear amber with a complex nose, citrus and red fruit, caramel, spicy, with a hint of violets.In the mouth it is very full, soft, with a great body, highlighting the warmth of alcohol.Long and complex, leading to a final bitterness, spicy and vegetal; reminiscent of a bitter herb, long finish.
|BIRRIFICIO EXTRAOMNES Marnate, Lombardy
Head Brewer – Luigi D’Amelio, Fermento Birra Brewer of the Year 2013.
Belgian Ale – 5.3%vol. (97 points, Ratebeer)
Compact foam, rugged and persistent. Golden with green “vibrations”.Intense, almost aggressive nose, with a distinct fruitiness of ripe white nectarine, gooseberry and lychee covering a delicate spiciness. In the mouth the attack is refreshing thanks to the lightweight body and the absence of residual sugar. Final dry, sharp and prolonged.
Belgian Ale with Kaffir Lime Leaves – 5.7%vol. (95 points, Ratebeer)
Foam is fine and abundant with a golden opalescence. The nose contains hints of lemongrass, lemon balm and a fruitiness veering from citrus to tropical. The taste is dry, with a long bitter finish with hints of lime.
A beer for thrist. Only pale malt, hops with citrus aromas and refreshing, balsamic spiciness from the yeast. The first thing you notice is the foam: exuberant, and dense. Straw yellow with brilliant green reflections. Dominated by a citrus fruit on the nose, reminiscent of grapefruit and bergamot. The palate is very light in body, with slight initial malty notes leaving the field to a final refreshing cutting and persistent bitterness.
|BIRRIFICIO BARLEY Maracalagonis, Sardinia.
Head Brewer – Nicola Perra, Fermento Birra Brewer of the Year 2009.
American Amber Ale – 7.8%vol.
Similar to an American Amber Ale. Both strong and drinkable.Macca Meda has a pleasant fresh aroma followed by pronounced notes of white grape, orange and apricot. On the palate citrus and bitter notes harmonize with a touch of spice followed by peppery aftertaste and a distinct dryness. The principle crafting element is First Gold, a dwarf hop which originated in England and is cultivated in Belgium in the Poperinge area.
American Saison – 6.5%vol.
Nice orange color and a sumptuous foam, creamy and persistent. A bouquet suggesting citrus, exotic fruit, herbaceous, peppery and spicy with balsamic notes.
On the palate it delivers a fruitiness that contrasts well the impressive aftertaste, decidedly bitter-tasting but dry, fine and balanced.
Imperial Stout with Sapa of Cannanau Grape – 10%vol. (96 points, Ratebeer)
Using the juice of Sardinian Cannonau grapes. A naturally winy beer with warm and sumptuous aromas of caramel, cocoa, prune, morello cherry and strawberry, and a taste which is rich with caramel, chocolate, liquorice, prune and quince as well as sweet dried fruit like figs and sultanas.
Strong Ale with Sapa of Malvasia Grape – 9%vol. (85 points, Ratebeer)
Made with Sardinian Malvasia grape juice. Rich with notes of grape, citrus and exotic fruit, primarily passion fruit bestowed from the grape and balanced mix of German, American and New Zealand hops which provide a unique bouquet, the BB9 treats the palate to a notable and fruity experience which is a prelude to a delicately dry and slightly bitter aftertaste interspersed with spicy peppery flavours.
Barley Wine with Sapa of Nasco Grape – 10%vol. (77 points, Ratebeer)
Using Nasco sapa, an old liqueur-like wine from the area of Cagliari.It has a clean and refined aroma with hints of white grape, bitterish fruit and bitter almond and a warmth created by distinct notes of marasca cherries.
On the palate there are clear notes of grape, marasca and bitter almond enriched with hints of herb and pepper as well as the predictable notes of dry fruit and toffee. A “kind” barley wine, dryer than the norm but rich and warm.
|LoverBeer Marentino, Piedmont.
Head Brewer – Valter Loverier, Fermento Birra Brewer of the Year 2010.
Oak Aged (12 Months) Ale – 6.7%vol. (105 points, Ratebeer)
Beer brewed exclusively in oak barrels, matured in barriques for 12 months after it accomplishes a great lactic fermentation. Tribute to the Flemish oud bruin that occurs mainly on the nose in the contrast between the sweet notes of caramel and the lactic-acid. Vinous In the palate the flavors from aging in cask introduce us to a pleasant fruity cherry and currants with a finish characterised by a slight astringency.
Oak Aged Ale (Spontanious Fermentation) with Barbera Grapes – 8%vol.(96 points, Ratebeer)
Spontaneously fermented in wood with the addition of Barbera grapes crushed and de-stemmed, no added yeast. Beer with great freshness and carbonation. Vinous and fruity on the nose, qualities that are confirmed on the palate and which reveal a close link between the world of the spontaneously fermented beers and wines.
Oak Aged Imperial Stout – 7%vol. (94 points, Ratebeer)
Classic dark color, and looks like a Barley Wine. Made with a high percentage of roasted grains, including Roasted malt, Chocolate and Black. The nose, first vinous, then being dominated by hints of coffee, cocoa and a hint of smoke. The palate is complex with notes of barley, roasted coffee, dried fruit, and marked by a mild smokiness that suggests the classic pairing with seafood and shellfish while the presence of salty and slightly tangy notes may compliment intense blue cheeses.