The popularity of craft beers and microbreweries in Abruzzo has grown and grown over the last 15 years, and today you’ll find them ranking in the lists of Italy’s top craft beers. Beer festivals like Spoltore’s are not uncommon and now some of the breweries have their own taprooms, beer gardens and agri-pubs!
Expect witbier, delicious Belgian style ones reminiscent of those herbal, aromatic delights that Monks brewed to get them through Lent, IPAs stouts, pale ales, the list goes on but with an Abruzzese twist and homage to the terrain in the blend.
Browsing the ingredient list of these Abruzzesi artisanal beers you’ll find locally grown peppermint, saffron, chestnuts, oranges, coriander and grains that include locally grown farro (spelt) and hardy ancient low gluten endemic wheat like Solina and Grano Tenero that can grow high up in the Abruzzo’s mountains, and of course that use Abruzzo’s famous mountain waters. A couple of these small independent breweries have joined forces with local vineyards to create fruit ales using the region’s acclaimed Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape and Malvasia to name just a couple.
The Abruzzo Microbrewery Craft Beer Trail
Here are some of the favourite and recommended Abruzzo Microbreweries from members of our LifeinAbruzzo Facebook group. We hope you enjoy a glass or bottle of this wonderfully diverse mix on a hot or cold day!