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Day #5 - one new place visited / 3 “new” beers rated
Paddy’s Day, a very low profile one. After the amazing drinking session in Trastevere of the previous day, I decided to take a small break. In the evening I went to try The Bridge - Gastropub, which is managed by two close friends of mine. They used to be the minds behind Pourquoi Brasserie in San Lorenzo, which was a pub serving Belgian and Italian food with a nice selection of beer. The new local they have now in front of Saint Paul’s Basilica has not a huge menu when it comes to beers, but has a bigger and more traditional food offer. So you can have a good carbonara, amatriciana, cacio&pepe or the lesser known pinsa romana, a flat oven-baked bread similar in style and texture to pizza dough which is produced in Rome. Otherwise you can always try the amazing homemade fusilli with sausage, zucchini, saffron and a La Trappe Dubble reduction.
From 18:30 to 20:30ish they offer aperitivo, a self service buffet full of finger food (potato gateau, omelettes, fried potato, cold barley salad, cous cous, several vegetables, pasta with pesto, etc etc) which costs around 8 EUR when paired with a beer or a glass of wine.
The beer selection is not what a beer geek is looking for, still when you can find Orval, Founders All Day Ipa, Rochefort 8/10, Chimay Bleue/Rouge/White/Dorée, some Brewdogs, Porterhouse Oyster Stout, La Trappe Dubbel, Schlenkerla Märzen, Schneider Weisse, you cannot complain. This is a place where you go to eat good food, having the chance to pair it with good beers is a plus. And they are open no-stop from 11:30 am to 2:00 am.
Day #6 - one place visited / 9 new beers rated
I planned to visit the Trappist Abbey of Tre Fontane and to buy the two trappist beers from Italy, but I changed plans last minute. After a delicious Liberth Pils for lunch, I came back to Hop & Pork in Cinecittà, a place always full from 5 pm to 10 pm. Thanks to the students of the nearby University of Tor Vergata who assault the place every day the 10 taps rotate very quickly, so it is easy to find good and fresh beers. On top of that, being the customers on the “low budget” segment, prices are very popular: 10 EUR/liter.
There are two formats for the serving: 0.2 and 0,3. The one and only problem is that beer is served in plastic glass only. This is to avoid problems with local police (it is forbidden to stand in the streets with a glass, don’t ask me why) and it is also impossible to provide clean glasses with that flood of customers. If it were open 15 years ago when I was studying there, it would have been my daily stop on the way home for sure.
Last year when I went there I remember I saw Mahr’s U, some can from Cr/Ak and Mr.B, a brand new brewery from (northern?) Italy. Yesterday I found a new product from Vento Forte (kegged 6 days ago), the amazing Croce di Malto Triplexxx (on my to-drink-list) and some unknown product I could not find elsewhere like Bonavena Hook, Birrone Heaven and Rebel’s Light Regular Bold Moka.
They also had some cans from Lambrate, Hop Hooligans and Dry&Bitter in the fridge, plus several Cantillon bottles in the back of the bar (I did not mind asking the price, though).
Last 36 hours in Rome, no big plans for today yet. Let’s see what will happen later…