By Kirsten Schlewitz / Senior West Coast Beer and Aston Villa Correspondent
The Serie A season finally kicks off on Friday, and what better way to welcome it than the return of
my column? I know y’all missed me during the summer – how on earth did you find new beers to try?
Well, I’m back, my lovelies, ready to challenge your both your taste buds and your soccer watching
preferences, encouraging you to try some of both from around the globe.
Never fear, though – just because I’m writing about Italian calico this week doesn’t mean I’ll be trying
to convince you to sample beer from the boot. Sure, Moratti is perfectly fine when you’re drinking in a
piazza on a sweaty summer evening, but it’s not one you’d purposefully pick up in the US. Instead, we’ll
have a nod to Italy’s drinking culture with a couple beers aged in wine barrels. And when we’re dealing
with beers aged in wine barrels/oak barrels, it’s almost certain they’ll be one of two types: an imperial
stout or a lambic/sour ale. So I’ll give you one of each, ‘cause I’m nice like that (well, not give. You’re
going to have to go out and buy these yourselves).
AC Milan v Lazio (Friday, 1:45PM CT)
What better way to celebrate Friday than by ducking out of work for a late lunch, drinking some strong
beer and watching as Milan attempt to kick off their scudetto defense in style? I recommend trying to
find a bar that has Great Divide Brewing Co "Oak Aged Yeti" Imperial Stout (Denver, CO) on tap. Granted, it might be difficult in early
fall, but the beer is widely available. It pours black with a thin tan head and some clings. Delicious smell,
of chocolate, oak and caramel. The oak aged stout tastes, appropriately, of coffee and chocolate with
some bitter peppery hops and an oaky, bourbon finish. The smoothness should meld well with the style
of Milan, who retain much of the same title-winning squad as last year, while continuing to strengthen
both their defense and midfield. Plus, how can you not want to watch this adorable face?
Serie A Sunday (Begins at 5:30AM CT, ends with 1:45PM match)
Besides Cesena – Napoli, which is the only Saturday game (and I refuse to write about for fear of jinxing
it), the rest of the Serie A clubs play their first matches on Sunday. I’m a Serie A diehard and refuse to
get up for the first, Juventus – Parma, so I suggest you sleep in as well, and simply look at photos of the
club’s new stadium to get your kicks. If you’re picking a match to watch during the 8AM block, I suggest
Lecce –Udinese, which probably won’t be what Fox is showing, but will likely be the most entertaining
match of the five available. And by all means, grab a bottle of Cantillon Vigneronne (France) to watch Palermo
host Inter Milan (particularly if you’re a Palermo fan, although you may need something stronger). This
bottle is expensive, but is one of the best lambics that can be found, and works perfectly for a Sunday
brunch feast. Made with white grapes soaked in lambic, this one changes as it sits, allowing more flavors
to come through, from a beginning overpowering sour to a more mellow sour apple to lemon flavors
at the end. Of course, if you don’t like vinegar, don’t go for this, as the aroma is overwhelming, but the
taste is worth it.
If you’re looking for a full Serie A preview, I’ve got you covered here. Enjoy your calcio weekends, and
whatever beers you choose to accompany the matches!
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