Big Chill were lucky enough to be invited by Italian beer Poretti to join them on a trip to their hometown of Milan to learn all about the brands heritage and drink and eat like a true Italian!
After a 6am breakfast beer (Poretti of course) and a quick plane ride across to Milan it was straight down to business with a visit to the Angelo Poretti Brewery.
The brewery itself was spectacular, classic Art Nouveau features still visible giving the building character and charm and it is immersed within a beautiful park, below a spring from which all of its water is sourced, helping them to produce up to 1m hectolitres of beer a day!
We were greeted by Matteo, our host for the morning, who began the tour with a walk that retraced the history of the founder Angelo Poretti and then moved onto teaching us about the six steps of brewing. We learnt that Angelo Poretti’s main focus was the hops and he named each of the beers after the number of hops used to create its unique aromas and flavours.
Once we had learnt all there was to know about the beer, its founder and brewing processes, it was time for the serious stuff – the tasting, where we were lucky enough to get to try all the different Poretti beers alongside a delicious and very large Italian spread!
Feeling like true Poretti experts, we left the brewery and made our way to ‘Eataly,’ Italy’s equivalent to Whole Foods. Big Chill’s main man, Richard and Poretti representative Jens lead the way and spoilt us with even more delicious beers and food.
After Eataly it was safe to safe we were all in a beer and food endued comma, so it was back to the hotel for a quick disco nap before round two; a visit to 7 Luppoli.
7 Luppoli, Italian for hops, offers its customers a unique tasting experience, with its extensive beer menu and specialty grills, educating customers on the importance of food and drink pairings. It is also the only bar place in Milan to have all of Poretti’s beer on draught, so feeling very smug, having learnt all there was to know about Poretti earlier in the day, we were eager to get ordering and impress the bar staff – it’s safe to say 7 Luppoli did not disappoint the evening was fantastic, the Italians sure know how to entertain and we left as very happy and satisfied Big Chillers.
There was time for a quick nightcap before heading back to the hotel and getting our beauty sleep, ahead of another busy day tomorrow of – yes, you guessed it – more eating and drinking – it’s a hard job but someone has got to do it!
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the Carlsberg team for this opportunity and if this read has made you thirsty for a Poretti, next time you are in the King’s Cross or Brick Lane area swing by and say hello.