Everything I drank in Italy, October 2017

So far I’ve used this site mainly to display the drink I’m having in a given moment. Time to step up and do some proper write ups, especially since I’m privileged enough to travel and therefore try local, obscure things fairly often.

The trip

Last October I went to Italy for the annual Human Made company retreat. This year it was in Petritoli, in the Marche region—central Italy, on the East coast, although the village itself was on the Apennines.

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Rob Roy

Rob Roy Cocktail

Excellent cocktail. Similar to a Manhattan, but made exclusively with Scotch whisky instead of rye or bourbon. If you happen to have a bottle of Scotch (a blended is absolutely fine, you should definitely have a bottle of blended Scotch in your home bar!), vermouth and Angostura, fix one of these whenever you’re in the mood for a good cocktail. Whisky to vermouth ratio is usually 2:1, Angostura in dashes as usual, throw everything into a stirring glass, fill with plenty of ice, stir to dilute for 30″ to 1′, and serve in a cocktail glass (previously chilled).

BrewDog Nanny State 0.5% ABV hoppy ale

Bottle of BrewDog Nanny State

Yes, it’s a 0.5% ABV beer. I hadn’t tried it yet because of two reasons. First, all the low-alcohol beers I’ve had—not that I’ve had many—have been pretty much on the disgusting side; second, I’ve only found it in pack of 4 or 6 so far, and getting more than one beer when you’re not sure you’re going to like it didn’t seem smart.

Today I’ve found one bottle at Sainsbury’s and decided to give it a go. The smell and taste is distinctively BrewDog—it has five different hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe—and the lack of alcohol disappoints only at the first sips. It very soon becomes a distinct drink with its own character and pairs surprisingly well with a steak.

This is the first low-alcohol beer I’d love to buy again. If I could just find a decaf coffee that I like as much as a decent regular cup of joe… 😎