Italian Beer Series: Birra Amarcord Gradisca (Apecchio)
Originating from Rimini, the makers of Birra Amarcord pays an homage to the city's most famous son, Federico Fellini. Their beers are named after the enigmatic female characters of Fellini's "Amarcord," his extremely exaggerated story about growing up in Rimini. In the film, Gradisca is the town's celebrity beauty queen, the classy seductress that all the young boys fawns over but reserves her beauty and charm for the town's powerful Fascist officers. The beer I'm sure was likened to her "classiness" and classic beauty, but the fieriness of Gradisca's sexuality was lost on the brew's limp and almost watery taste. The pleasant earthy and grainy aroma delivered by a white creamy head held promise, but it didn't necessarily translated into rich flavor. Instead, the beer tasted like a light beer, with its 5.4% alcohol barely registering or making an impact. Judging by the loftiness of claiming inspiration from one of the best movies ever made, this beer was quite a disappointment.