Tolfa Jazz: a beer with a Jazz flare

by Alessandro Brizi 07/28/17
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Tolfa Jazz: birra al gusto di Jazz

This Belgian Ale from the ECB (Eternal City Brewery) brewery has personality and freshness to burn and is aromatized with local wild mint, thyme and rosemary. 

Every summer the town of Tolfa, a rural community set in a nature park in northern Lazio, becomes a little like New Orleans. This because since 2010 they have been hosting a cultural event dedicated to the city in Louisiana that is the world capital of jazz. Music, flavors and tradition are the pillars of the three-day celebration which this year was held from July 21-23 and saw a face-off between jambalaya (a traditional creole dish of rice, chicken, pork and greens) and mentucciata(a soup from the Tolfa hills composed of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, chili pepper and fresh mint topped off with a little stale bread) and Italian jazz bands like Andrea Tardioli & the Jazz Gang and the Fire Dixie Jazz Band against international groups like Bruce James & Bella Black. Aside from music, the trait d’union during the event was beer with over 40 craft brews offered from 20 breweries that were served by the cheerful Beerfellas. The standard-bearer of the event was Tolfa Jazz, a Belgian Ale aromatized with local wild mint, thyme and rosemary  created by master brewer Maurizio Graziani, AKA “pomata”, at the ECB (Eternal City Brewery) brewery in Rome . This brew has personality and freshness to burn and is a unique Belgian Ale that was created for the event but will probably continue to be made in the future. It is made using Polaris hops , a particular variety that further underscores the balsamic sensations from the aromatic herbs.

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