Is Europe’s best beer from Italy?
What is the best craft beer in the world? There are countless “Best Beer this” and “Greatest Beer that” awards and lists, but the best always is subjective. What someone likes is the best, and that depends on their own experience, personal style and taste. Period.
When Enzo Ferrari set out to make the Italian luxurious sport car he obviously wasn’t trying to manufacture a normal car. He set out to make a superior car and did. Ferrari remains one of the worlds greatest sports cars. Is it the best? Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston-Martin, Porsche, Bentley, Rolls Royce like to believe they are. All are superior automobiles. When asked what can one do to improve something, make it better and the answer is “I don’t know” or “nothing” then its safe to label something superior.
Tenute Collesi was established in 1870 butthe Collesi family had been farming on the lands for three centuries. It was decades later when Giuseppe Collesi decided he would begin brewing beer on the family Estate.
Like Enzo Ferrari, Collesi too was not out to produce yet another ordinary beer. He set out to create something superior. He did, and these are some of the reasons why we believe this.
|Apecchio, the City of Beer|
The barley is grown in the Collesi family’s own fields and processed at a nearby mill that is part-owned by the Collesi family.
Brew Masters call this type of beer a “zero-kilometer craft beer” because from the moment the ingredients are planted, beers brewed, bottled and sold – it does not leave the estate.
Collesi controls the entire production chain, from raw materials to finished product: Even the bottling and labels are done at the brewery.
A true local beer!
|Snow capped Mt. Nerone|
|Pristine water of Mt Nerone|
Giuseppe Collesi’s love and respect for the Trappist breweries of Belgium and his quest to ultimate perfection led him to Marc Knops. Marc brews and oversees production for some of the best breweries including Achel, De Halves Maan, Delirium Tremens and Malheur, spending a few days each month at each brewery.
Mr Knops spends two weeks of the month at Tenute Collesi Brewery.
All Collesi beers are brewed in very small-batches using an ancient monks recipe. All Collesi beers are top fermented and are bottled raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally re-fermented in the bottle.
Instead of an expiration date on the bottle, Collesi have the date they were born.
|Marc Knops, Brew Master of Collesi|
The accumulation of prestigious awards continues. Collesi this year has won prestigious medals in every major beer competition in the world.
|World’s Best Beer|
Gold Medal: Birra IPA
INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2014 – LONDON (UK)
Silver Medal: Triplo Malto
Bronze Medal: Birra Nera
WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 – CHICAGO (USA)
Gold Medal: Birra Rossa
Silver Medal: Birra IPA
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARD 2014
|Europe’s Best Beer|
EUROPEAN BEER STAR 2013 – GERMANY
Gold Medal:Birra Nera
Gold Medal: Birra Nera
The Collesi brewery is a “zero emission” plant, complete with a 32 kW photovoltaic installation, a steam generator and an energy production system fueled with wood pellets, with the total absence of hydrocarbons and LPG
So, is this Europe’s best beer? You decide.
ME Fine Wines is proud to exclusively work in the US with
Collesi, a truly superior craft beer
— Collesi USA (@CollesiUSA)November 23, 2014