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Old 11-16-2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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Any one know what the beer scene is like in Venice.
I'm off there for a few days next week.


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Old 11-16-2005, 05:09 PM   #2
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Methinks the 'good beer' will all be imported from the UK, Belgium, and Germany. I don't know of very many italian beers, but those I do know of are all mediocre lagers.

This link has a collection of "night life" places, and it looks like there are a few bars/pubs on the list. Might be handy if you are just looking for someplace to sit and have a good beer. I know you probably don't want to travel all that way to drink beer that is made back home in the UK, but Italians are obviously more into their vino than their birra.

(edit: changed link to show ONLY pubs and bars)
http://www.world66.com/europe/italy/...s%20%26%20Pubs

FYI: my late father-in-law immigrated from Italy when he was 17 years old. He drank Bud and Miller swill here in the US. His own words regarding this terrible american piss, "I didn't like beer until I came to America. This stuff (miller/bud) is much better than Italian beer."


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Old 11-16-2005, 06:22 PM   #3
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Yeah, Italian beer is...not that good. I don't hold it against them since they've taken cuisine and wine as far or farther than any other culture. Anyways, if you're in Venice focus on the wine! The one beer I found palatable from Italy is Peroni Rosso (NOT regular Peroni!), and I would still go for a glass of house red.

 
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:23 PM   #4
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Thanks, I guess I could give the beer a partial miss, I don't reckon I can go three days with out a quaff or two.
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:29 PM   #5
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Thanks, I guess I could give the beer a partial miss, I don't reckon I can go three days with out a quaff or two.
I drank a lot of Diablo (Belgium) beer when I was in the Verona/Vicenza/Venice area.

Skip the Peroni unless you just want to say you've had it.

When you go to St. Mark's Square (Dogi's Palace) be sure you walk along the Grand Canal and past the palace. You'll see another building with a connecting bridge high on the 2/3 floor. The building on the right is a prison and the bridge is called the "Bridge of Sighs" (Robin Trower album and song of the same name).

Many people do not realize where it is and that they were so close to it.
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:36 PM   #6
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Skip the Peroni unless you just want to say you've had it.
Exactly my advice, unless you find the Peroni Rosso which is good enough. I'd still stick with wine.

 
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Old 11-21-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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Yeah stick with wine, it's so commonplace there and it's all good. I was never really a big wine drinker until I went to Italy.

I did have Peroni Grand Reserve (I think) which was pretty strong and actually not that bad... the regular Peroni isn't terrible either, but it's nothing to write home about. Birra Moretti is the other common beer in Italy.
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Birra Moretti is the other common beer in Italy.
Useless trivia...the guy on the Moretti label died a few years ago. Poor sap.

 
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Old 11-22-2005, 02:56 AM   #9
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Useless trivia...the guy on the Moretti label died a few years ago. Poor sap.
Si, he must of had a Corona?
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:10 AM   #10
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Going to Italy for beer is like going to Belgium for whiskey. Stick with what the region knows best. The IT beers I've had were nasty, but that's because they're overly shelf-aged.


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