Montegioco Tibir, 75cl.
A Val Grue Squeeze
Riccardo Franzosi, Mr. Montegioco, has a term: “la nicchia” (“the niche”) meaning the natural habitat of the brewery. The valleys around Tortona are clearly perceivable in every beer. In this one, brewed with Timorasso grapes, you will smell the fine aroma from acacia honey to geranium, pears, and peaches - a light benzene (7.5% ABV).
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.