Enough this day of nursing babies, of baby toes and baby clothes, and of all things neonatal.
Instead, for one day only, let us turn our attention to more important matters: alcohol. And when you’re talking Italian alcohol, you’re naturally talking about
wine beer. That’s right, beer.
As it happens, for two decades at least, beer drinking has been on the rise in Italy, from you-never-used-to-be-able-to afford-it levels 20 years ago, to you’ve-got-to-try-this-Italian-microbrew levels today. Today there are 50 craft brewers in Tuscany alone.
On both of our last two trips we have visited Italy’s up and coming brewer, 20-something year old Iacopo Lenci. Iacopo lives in Lucca and is the brewmaster/owner of the award-winning Birrificio Brùton.
Iacobo also happens to be the son of acclaimed winemaker Agostino Lenci of Fattoria di Magliano, who also runs an agriturismo in southern Tuscany (where we’ve never been), but which you can check out here.
Iacopo has built a following, and now retails his beer internationally. The beers feature the “Bruton” logo, but are sold by their lyric names like Bianca, Brùton di Brùton, Lilith, Momus, and Dieci (“10," as in alcohol percentage). I recently drained my 401k and bought these two at Whole Foods:
We learned of his Slow Food restaurant and brewery outside of Lucca in a Travel and Leisure article a couple of years ago. There it was written of Iacopo and his ground-breaking brewery/restaurant, “This guy’s the future of Italy. This is the only way it’ll go forward.”
If you can stand Italian charm, passion and humor, you can check him out here. The sound quality is poor, but it’s worth a listen if only to hear the anecdote about how his grandmother served him sangiovese as a youth. The clip is seven minutes. After that, you’re on your own ladies.