Peroni Beer From Italy: Yes, Italy Makes Something Other Than Wine!
Italy makes beer, yes it does!
Ah Italy. When one closes one's eyes and thinks of Italy, what does one see?
Tons of food
Old women wearing black in the kitchen slaving away while their ungrateful old husbands sit in the TV room smoking cigars watching horse racing.....oh wait, that was my grandparent's house.
Anyway, what one usually does NOT associate with Italy is BEER.
Well be prepared to have your ravioli's surprised because Italy does, in fact, make beer. And the best beer from Italy, the numero uno Lamborghini Countach of Italian beer is Peroni Nastro Azzurro (Blue Ribbon).
A brief history of Peroni
The Peroni brewery was founded in 1846 by a gentleman named Francesco Peroni in Vigevano, Italy. The brewery was moved to Rome in 1864. Nastro Azzuro, the topic of this article, is Peroni's flagship lager and is a healthy 5.1% alcohol by volume. Other beers brewed by Peroni are:
Crystall, a 5.6% abv pale lager
Peroni Gran Riserva, a 6.6% abv strong lager
Peroncino, a 5% pale lager
Peroni Leggera, a 3.5% pale lager
When you think of Italy, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Getting ready to drink Perroni Nastro Azzuro
To prepare for this article, I took a nice leisurely drive to Publix, which is a big grocery chain where I live, and purchased a cold six pack of Peroni Nastro Azzuro for $9.99. It is only sold in bottles as far as I know, at least here where I live anyway.
I pondered what sort of food to enjoy with my Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and debated between Pork Fried Rice, a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, and a Big Mac.
Eventually I decided to just whip up some Barilla Pasta with meat sauce and some garlic bread, to keep the whole Italian theme going. I got home, chilled the beer, made my pasta, put on some Luciano Pavarotti, and imagined I was back in Rome.
Oh who am I kidding...I opened a can of Spaghetti O's and listened to some Dubstep as I yelled at the birds on my lawn. God my life sucks someone shoot me.
- Peroni Italy
Peroni Nastro Azzurro exemplifies the traditions of Italian craftsmanship, passion and flair upon which it was formed. Peroni Nastro Azzurro has been brewed by generations of Italians with the same quality, attention to detail and craftsmanship since
Drinking Peroni Nastro Azzurro
A great summer beer from Italy. It's got that light, somewhat fruity thing going on that most people complain about, but I honestly couldn't care less. It's got that intense carbonation and silkiness that comes with a good euro lager with the added cooling effect if you drink it on a hot sunny day. Is it a craft beer? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great summer beer for a half decent price and it beats the absolute tar out of Corona, Landshark, or any other of the import or domestic beers one might favor for the summer season. I rate it higher than most beers I can order at World of Beers to be perfectly honest. Maybe I'm a bit biased about it because I am Italian, but this is FAR better than Heineken, which has an overpowering funkiness that I have never liked one bit and it blows the doors off of most American beers including Bud, Miller, Coors etc.
Peroni is a well rounded, good tasting imported lager with a fair price tag. Enjoy on a hot day with your friends with some antipasto and cheese and whatnot.
In conclusione, vorrei dire....
Perroni Nastro Azzuro is a light, silky, refreshing beer. It is perfect for a hot summer day sitting outside looking over your vineyards. It is a great alternative to more well known summer beers like Corona and Landshark. It is also a great dinnertime beer, as your table strains under the weight of 40 pounds of antipasto, garlic bread, and cannolis. Often overlooked by American beer drinkers, you are missing out by not giving it a chance.
So head on over to your beer store of choice and give Perroni Nastro Azzuro a try! You will be glad you did!
As always, thanks for reading and some some comments below telling me about other beers you like, dislike, or have experienced.
Genuine Peroni Beer Glasses!
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