Pasta. Pizza. Tiramisu. Gelato. Calzone. Gnocchi. Meatballs. Bruschetta. Arancini.
Don’t mind me, I’m literally just writing out my regular weekly shopping list of carby deliciousness — all of which will likely be devoured in one setting because I’m a growing girl and I need some Italian sustenance, okay.
But I bet you think I’d wash that all down with a cheeky glass of vino — and mates, you’d be absolutely dead wrong. Don’t you feel foolish now?
Here’s why: as a result of BWS’ World’s Biggest Beer Run (where we sent BWS enthusiast/funny dude Malcolm and our “celebrity” Tai Hara gallivanting all over the world in search of the perfect, undiscovered six pack), a beer has surfaced to rival the vino you’ve come to expect.
That’s right, a beer. And where does it come from?
Oh I’m sorry, were you expecting one of the big three? Venice, Rome, Florence? WRONG! Padua is a city to the west of Venice, and it’s permanently engrained in my memory for two very important reasons.
- It’s the place that Shakespeare set his play ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’.
- It’s the name of the high school in the iconic film, ’10 Things I Hate About You’, which was adapted from Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’ (a starkly missed fact on Padua’s Wikipedia page, I must say).
As you can see, these very serious, scientific reasons for Padua becoming a permanent fixture of my memory are quite closely related. Tenuous? Maybe. Locked in forever? Absolutely.
For real though, one of Italy’s most innovative craft breweries is actually situated in Padua and it’s well worth the trip if you’re off on a cheeky Italian vacanza. It’s called CR/AK Brewery and Taproom, and it’s home to a bevvy that’ll change your weekly pizza night for good.
The bevvy in question is a Saison beer, and all you’ll see on the label is BRW01. Why? Because it’s brew numero uno, my pals. And it’s definitely earned that status because it’s packaged in five different whisky and rum barrels before it gets blended and poured into your bottle (and then into your mouth for some slurps).
The delicious orange-coloured bev is delicious, and yes, I want to get my hungry, hungry hands on it immediately.
In the meantime, I’m going to take the very beautifully delivered advice from Heath Ledger’s character, Patrick (above), and eat all that food with some cheeky beer to swish it down. Because I deserve what I want, okay?
You can check out the journey that the boys made in the vid below — oh, and if you’re interested in the beer itself? Mates, whack your details in the competition window for a chance to score the ultimate global six-pack.
That’s right, every single beer the boys have sipped on their trip (from Bhutan to Padua and everywhere in between) could be yours if you pop in your info.Image: 10 Things I Hate About You