Milan craft brewer hailed as best in Italy

Craft beer from Milan wins top prize.

Fabio Brocca of Milan’s Lambrate brewery has been awarded first place in the annual craft beer championships by Fermento Birra, Italy’s leading trade review.

“I love brewing and there’s nothing else I’d rather do,” said Brocca, celebrating the award. “I like to be in complete control of what’s happening in the brewery, and that’s where I want to be,” he added, thanking his close-knit team of brewers.

Brocca said that after an imminent increase in production he plans to open a beer garden in Berlin, a showcase not only for his own brand but also to promote the excellence of Italian brews.

Lambrate produces over 30 individual brews, including Montestella, American-style Magüt and Ghisa (the nickname of Milan’s municipal policemen). The pub is in Via Adelchi, just off Via Porpora.

The statement by the judges of this year’s competition said pub beers, simple but with character, evolving over time with increased personality and an ever closer “feeling” with hops, are becoming more popular without slipping into trendiness.

Five other Lombardy brewers were among the top 20, including Agostino Arioli of the Birrificio Italiano in Limido Comasco, Como province, in third place.