Brewer of the year: Josif Vezzoli triumphs

Brewer of the year: Josif Vezzoli triumphs

In Florence the brewer of the year for 2017 just ended was decreed: Josif Vezzoli of Birra Elvo di Biella triumphed: here are all the winners.

From Ligabue’s recording studio to triumph on the stage of the Obihall in Florence . Josif Vezzoli from Biella ( Birra Elvo ) is the best Brewer of the Year 2017 : he triumphed in the event hosted in the Florentine theater after beating the competition of about twenty colleagues. Best up-and-coming brewer Giovanni Faenza of Ritual Lab from Rome: the young man had a background in oenology and was unreservedly conquered by the world of hops a few years ago. The two prevailed during the ninth edition of the event that annually rewards the best Italian beer craftsman. A sort of golden ball of beer that has seen some surprises and various confirmations.


 Conceived and organized by the Fermento Birra network , the award offers the opportunity to get to know the reality of Italian breweries more closely. After a super-selection (almost a thousand candidates) 150 craft beers on tap produced by 25 Italian breweries were identified and offered to the general public, beers for tasting during the 3 days of the event in Florence.a jury of 100 people including journalists, tasters and expertsIn order to identify the shortlist of finalists, the prize was entrusted to a jury made up of journalists, judges, tasters and experts . The 100 experts evaluated the work of the Italian brewers, with particular attention to philosophy, technical skill and ultimately also to the results obtained during the year. All decisive values ​​to identify the 20 finalists for the main prize and the 5 for the emerging category. News and confirmations, as mentioned, characterized the event which offered excellences also appreciated abroad.


For Vezzoli, the victory comes after a relatively short journey to reach the top: until a few years ago he built recording studios, including the one for Liga, then the decision to open a microbrewery with his brother Raoul. In the space of three years he went from emerging to big and this year he beat Marco Valeriani of the Hammer brewery , already winner of 2016 and conqueror of second place, in the final. Vezzoli beers are prepared in German style, ” raw with passion ” as he likes to define them. The strong point of the product is the water, particularly light and almost free of mineral salts, which makes the difference. Lorenzo Kuaska proclaimed Vezzoli the winnerDabove, taster and presenter of the event for several years now. On the podium in addition to Vezzoli and Valeriani, in third place Luigi D’Amelio of the Extraomnes brewery, already winner of the 2013 edition .


The award for the Emerging Brewer , awarded to the producer with less than two years of experience, went to Giovanni Faenza of Ritual Lab (Rome): a convict was a meeting with Kuaska himself, for a course in a wine shop. Giovanni Faenza and his father decided to try the brewery route.the emerging brewer is from rome: giovanni faenza from ritual labA few years later the confirmation of having made the right choice. Ritual Lab beers, characterized by labels that are small masterpieces, have made themselves known in international events and beyond. With the Ritual Lab On the Road project, they are delivered directly from the brewery throughout Italy in record time with refrigerated vans to keep the product unchanged. The award, like every year, offered Tuscan and extra-regional street food, tastings and meetings in the Beer Show area during the three days of the event in Florence. For the brewers it was also an opportunity to tell and raise awareness of the work and sacrifices that are hidden behind unique handcrafted products. The appointment is now in 2019 with the tenth edition of the award.

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