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August 16, 2010
Italians Make Craft Beer Too!
And damn good craft beer, at that. This here is Verdi Imperial Stout from Birrificio Del Ducato, purchased at the spectacularly stocked Super Buy Rite in Jersey City, NJ. I've been meaning to get around to trying an Italian Craft Beer, spurred by the fact that Sam Calagione's Eataly rooftop brewpub will be opening in Manhattan in a few months.
Here's the thing. It's good. It's very good. Its dark and roasty with hints of coffee. The back end even has a spicy chili factor. Its got basically everything I'd want in a stout. BUT, I paid roughly $10 for this 330ml (less than 12oz) bottle. So... its hard not to think about how I could be buying a comparable beer made by an American brewer for much less.
Therein lies the question. Is it worth it to buy imported craft beers from Italy at a higher price when we already have a delicious lineup here in the States for significantly cheaper? I honestly don't know. There are brews from abroad like Mikkeller and BrewDog that I love and would pay for, but a lot of those come in 22oz bottles that makes me feel alright with paying a bit more. What do you think?