|Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca|
|De Cervesia Tap Room, Lucca (Photo: Richard Lock)|
|Matteo behind the bar at De Cervesia Tap Room|
'Blackout' stout from Birrificio Rurale, based in Desio, north of Milan, was an appropriate beer to serve through the handpump as it could be served less chilled and without gas pressure.
It was nice to be able to give Matteo the issue of Ullage (Mar/Apr 2014), which included my article about De Cervesia and Orzo Bruno (Pisa), published following my previous visits.
Birrificio Brùton, based at San Cassiano di Moriano, in the valley of the river Serchio, about 5 miles north of Lucca. This was a refreshing way to start the evening and it was soon time for a glass of Terzo Miglio, an American Pale Ale from Birrificio Rurale that would prove to be my favourite beer of the evening.
|Cheers Matteo! from Richard, Tim (with Ullage), Roger and Derek|
|Cold room door on left in extra room (Photo: Richard Lock)|
|Kyle & Matteo in the cold room (Photo via Kyle Dean Reinford)|
Matteo explained that Renato Cesarini played football for Juventus and was renowned for scoring in the last minutes of the game so that Zona Cesarini was another way of saying 'at the last minute'.
Matteo said Japanese (Sorachi Ace) hops were added at the last minute to this beer and this explains both the name and the inspiration for the label art.
The third beer we tried was Jale, a 5.6% ABV ESB style beer brewed by Brewfist Italian Ales based in Codogno, near Piacenza and Cremona. This was full flavoured and a darker colour than our two previous beers.
Some of the beers we had been drinking were in Brewfist glasses labelled with their slogan 'More beer More people' (NB Not 'Mare beer Mare peaple'). Several customers asked for bottles of Brewfist Spaceman IPA (7% ABV) during our stay.
|Matteo's brother, Michael, on a stint behind the bar|
|Derek, Roger and Richard - De Cervesia|
As well as the beer bar / tap room, there is also a De Cervesia beer shop, open during the daytime at Via Fillungo, 92 (Closed Mondays).
|Map shows position of De Cervesia beer shop (west) and tap room (east )|
Open: Tue-Sun 19:00 - 22:00