Montegioco Rurale, 75cl.
The Daily Beer (you never dared to ask)
An (apparently) simple beer. You'd drink it continuously, at lunchtime, at teatime, after (or instead of) sport, even in the morning. It's the beer that's never enough, and it exists: it's Rurale. The complex smell (fruit, biscuit, herbal notes) does not stop - but it rather stimulates the drinking; same does the spicy finish of Fuggles, Cascade hops.
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.