8th Italia Beer Festival opens doors

Enthusiasts of home-brewed beer and craft breweries are expected to flock to the eighth Italian Beer Festival in Milan this weekend.
 
From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March, 30 microbreweries will welcome beer fans to taste the extraordinary variety of brews which have seen an expansion of popularity in Italy in recent years.
 
Special attention for home brewers, who can bring samples along and have them tasted by the professionals, who will assess them and provide advice for improvement.  Many of the professional brewers exhibiting at the IBF started out as home brewers.  The sampling and discussion will take place each evening from 19.00 to 20.00.
 
Five workshops will cover tasting techniques, glutin-free beers, marketing, beer in barrels and advice for home brewing.  Participation in the workshops is free, but requires booking by email, as places are limited.
 
The IBF has been organised by the Beer Tasters’ Association, which has been working since 2005 to improve the quality and the popularity of craft beers, and train future generations of brewers.
 
The Festival is open from 17.00 to 02.00 on Friday, from 12.00 to 02.00 on Saturday and from 12.00 to midnight on Sunday at the Spazio 90 (East End Studios), Via Mecenate 84/10 – easy to reach by public transport on tram lines 27 and 12 for enthusiasts who don’t want to have their tasting experience limited by worries about driving home.  Entrance costs €8, including a glass and a tray, and tasting tokens cost €1 each.  There are also two- and three-day tickets at €14 and €18 respectively.
 
Full details, including how to sign up for workshops, are on the festival website.

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