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Hipmunk City Love: Where To Find Craft Beer in Milan Italy
Microbreweries have been booming in Italy over the last few years. With over 500 now in northern Italy, Milan in particular is full of places to taste some of the best Italian craft beers. Even if you want an English Pale Ale or an America IPA you’ll find everything you like. Many Milan hotels are close to the breweries, but for a cheap stay try the Cervo Hotel with rates starting at around $78 per night. You could do some sightseeing on the Open Bus Milan tourswhile visiting these four breweries near the hotel.
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No IPAs but You’ll Still Have a Bitter Beer Face
You won’t find any IPAs at Lambiczoon. What you will find are Belgian lambics, a kind of naturally fermented sour beer. The first sip may be disconcerting, but once you get used to their vinegary aftertaste, you’ll become a fan. Sit at the counter of this comfy place and start with a Framboise, a sour beer made with raspberries. Some say that Lambiczoon also makes one of the best burgers in town. Open hours are Monday to Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Visit One of the Biggest Craft Beer Producers in Italy
The Italian craft beer movement owes a great deal to Teo Musso, the man behind Baladin brewery. Started as a microbrewery in the small village of Piozzo, Baladin is now one of the biggest craft beer producers in Italy. Take a seat at this simple pub and enjoy the atmosphere. It is a mix of an English brewery, a speakeasy, and an Italian trattoria. While you’re there, try the cacio e pepe chips made with melted pecorino cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Open hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.
Old School Pub in the Working Class Lambrate District
Birrificio Lambrate is one of earliest artisanal breweries in Italy, with its own beer pub in the working class Lambrate district. The setting is exactly what you would expect from an old school pub. Try the delicious Ghisa, a smoked stout, which receives awards at every beer competition. A second site opened more recently at via Golgi 60, not far from the first one. There you will find Bavarian-style food as well. Open hours are Monday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.
Nothing Fancy Here but the Beer Is Great
Although Bere Buona Birra didn’t invest much in décor, it is a fun place to spend a quiet evening. The beer choices are great, with rotating drafts and a well-stocked self-service fridge. The staff is very knowledgeable, and you can even bring in or order food. Keep in mind this place opens early, but it also shuts down quite early. That makes it great for beer shopping and for day drinking. Open hours are Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Rome may have the Colosseum and southern Italy has three hundred days of good weather each year. Northern Italy, however, has good craft beer that’s well worth a visit.
Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.