How Colorado Brewers Jump-started Italy's Craft Beer Scene

May 19, 2016 715

Sipping a fine Chianti may be your perfect image of Italian drinking. But what about having a beer?

Italy's craft beer scene is very new. What started as 20 microbreweries 15 years ago has now expanded to more than 1,000. But that growth hasn't been without roadblocks, including complicated Italian bureaucracy and cultural infighting.

Denver author Bryan Jansing co-wrote a book about the burgeoning Italian beer industry. It's called "Italy: Beer Country." He says Colorado brewers including Eric Wallace of Longmont's Left Hand Brewery and Doug Odell from Fort Collins' Odell Brewing Company were integral in helping Italy's small craft beer scene develop.

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