Seventeen years ago, a handful of men inspired a movement –Italian craft beer, Europe’s most vibrant beer scene. Thanks to their determination to fight cultural bias and low expectations, the art of beer making has expanded from fewer than 20 microbreweries in 2001 to nearly 600 today, each with its signature brews and personalities. That growth hasn’t come without cost as artisans continue to face government roadblocks like high – and complex – taxes and lack of national standards.
Bryan Jansing is an international, award-winning author. Some of his works include, "Like Clumps of Dried Dirt," "Bridge Party," and "A Number on Reality," in Fast Forward Vol. 3, The Mix Tape (2010), which was the finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. He has also written for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
My taste for beer stems from my father. Born in Cincinnati, he was a big fan of German-style lagers and of quality beer in general. He wasn’t much of a drinker, but he enjoyed a good beer and was never shy to offer me some. I loved it. When I turned fourteen years old, we moved to Vicenza in northern Italy.