Canediguerra Bohemian Pilsner, Alessandria, italy at Il Punto, Bologna
Date: Sept. 30 , 2018
The Story— We return to our quest in Europe for “God Beer in Bad Beer Cities”, but with a tiny handful of exceptions (see Geneva) there really aren’t many “Bad Beer Cities” in Europe any more.
We were drawn to Bologna to investigate FICO Eatily World — the world’s largest agri-food court, billed as the Disney of Italian eating experiences. You can read of our experiences there in other posts, but in short, Eatily was fine, but Bologna was beautiful. More sheltered porticos than anywhere else in the world allow exploration in rain snow or sleet.
Il Punto is a bit of a walk from center Bologna, but we managed it fine as part of an evening pub crawl. Taxis a plentiful, affordable, and, in our experience honest, so that’s an option if the bus system seems like too much work to master. Il Punto would be a gem in any city and is one of the star attractions of the good beer scene in Bologna. Taps are thoughtfully chosen and a substantial bottle list allows you to sample a range of local and Italian beers.
We had tasted the Canediguerra Bohemian Pilsner at Mondial de la Bierre in Paris a coule of weeks before and thought it was fine. But closer to the brewery and undoubtedly fresher, this was a superior beer. It Punto’s keg poured just like an authentic German pilsner.
The Beer— It starts with a very clean malt with just a hint of the Juicy Fruit/Honeysuckle sweetness that characterizes so many good German pilsners. Saaz hops run fairly sweet and softly earthy while providing spicy balancing hops over the clean pale authentic pils malt.
Value — Good. Beers aren’t cheap in good Italian beer bars. This one cost us 6 bucks for a quarter liter, which in context, wasn’t bad.
All this week we feature HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE 2018– Surprisingly good beer in “bad beer cities.” The best we’ve found in researching our next book – a guide to great beer in European tourist cities. (Planned publication 2019.) We’ll shift back to great American beer finds next week.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.