Montegioco Draco, 75cl.
A beer from the Myth.
This Barley Wine (ABV 11,5%) is produced after adding to the wort an organic blueberry syrup. Able to stand long aging, it carries notes of sherry, dried flowers, wild cherries in syrup, marsala, and honey. Infinitely persistent, a sip will last for minutes, evolving to the rhythm of a fiery dragon breath, or a slow night in front of the fireplace.
Ask Riccardo Franzosi, owner and brewer at Montegioco, what his beers are: he'll answer "La Nicchia"... "The Niche", with a deep and rascaly look, between irony and faith. La Nicchia is the market: of small productions. Montegioco wants to do things in the right way, doesn't after all care about growing in mumbers... much at all! La Nicchia is Home. The soft hills pointing thought Valli Tortonesi are a generous habitat of agriculture and people, of pork and salami and Timorasso and barbera and grumpy autumns. La Nicchia is a mentality - a taste for the perfect product, it's style, it's the hand of the brewer impressing - recognizable as a fingerprint - on each of the still very different bottles; it's the will to be excellent. La Nicchia is not élite, though: it is an hospitable, warm, welcoming place; it's a funny froth and sensory refinement, of the kind not denying access to anyone willing to approach. These are Montegioco beers, this the land where they are born, this the pleasant spirit of who them produces.