The distributors of Peroni have done a magnificent job of ensuring ubiquitous representation on beer lists around Sydney. If there is an imported beer on a menu, there’s a fair chance that it’ll be Peroni. Moretti is another Italian beer that bobs up from time to time – but I’d be hard pressed to think of another one.
That was until last month when I was eating a suburban pizza place in Manly, and spotted a beer I’d not had before – Menabrea. This clean lager beer has been specifically brewed for export. Given the parlous state of the Italian economy, they’d better hope we drink it like water. I must admit it tasted a lot like Peroni, which isn’t a bad thing. Their website indicates that they have a broader range of more interesting beers back in Italy – maybe time for a beer led recovery.