Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.
Peroni Nastro Azzuro
I’m headed to Italy in a few weeks, so I’ve decided to learn a few important words. I felt lucky to have found the website “Ordering Beer in Italian,” which offers a few key phrases, such as “Dove posso ottenere una buoa birra?” (Where can I order a good beer?)
Or I could just remember to ask for a Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Un Peroni should do it.
Peroni is one of Italy’s top lagers, and it’s quite refreshing in the summer with seafood or just a good hunk of bread with butter and maybe some salami and cheese. Simple, but effective. Just the way the Italians like their food.
The beer pours a clear hay or straw color into the glass, with a nose that releases a yeasty quality mixed with a grassy tone and floral hops. I have had bottles with an odd aroma underlying those scents, but it was missing on a recent tasting.
There is a sweetness mixed in with the flavors of bread, grass and bitter hops before leaving on a clean note.
It’s not complex, just enjoyable. Just what il dottore ordered.
At the Lion and Rose, pair this beauty with fish and chips, Dockland’s shrimp and chips, Langostino Tilapia or a Portsmouth Po’boy overstuffed with fried clam strips.