There’s a lot more to Italy than pasta, pizza, and wine. Come discover why brewers all over the world are saying “Bravo!” to Italian craft beers.
This tour takes place in northern Italy, starting in Milan and ending in Parma. The region is flat, which makes for relaxed cycling all along the route. We will visit 7–8 breweries and share many great meals, all served with the warmth and hospitality that Italy is known for. We also offer an optional 2 night add-on in Bologna, one of the liveliest beer towns in Italy!
- All skill levels welcome. Ride between 20 and 40 miles each day.
- Foodies rejoice: Enjoy not just excellent beers but an endless variety of cheeses, true Italian cappuccinos, gelato (!!), and all the other fabulous food that Italy is known for! This region is home to both Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, the world famous Parmesan cheeses, and in Parma, Prosciutto.
The standard of food quality here is the highest in the world. Every local cafe serves
high end cappuccino, every random restaurant serves delicious fresh food with local
- We’ll have a private tour at many of the breweries we visit–each one unique! Beer tastings are typically generous, often paired with excellent local food, and are included in your trip fees!
- Hotels, bike / bag rentals, breakfast, lunch, snacks, brewery tours, and beer samples all included. Vehicle support provided for groups of at least 8. Group dinners are organized each evening, with everyone paying for their own meals and drinks.
- Extend your tour and spend 2 extra days with us, checking out the beer scene in the lively city of Bologna.
- Make new friends and visit a different brewery every day as you explore the country at a speed allowing you to absorb your surroundings.
From Sours to Barrel-aged Stouts, IPA’s and Wheat Beers, this tour has something for everyone’s palette.
Typical breweries we visit on most tour include:
- Birrificio Lambrate – Started in 1996, Lambrate was one of the first craft breweries in Italy. This is a place where hard rock meets great beer. Brewers and bartenders in heavy metal garb, Harleys parked outside the door–welcome to the Italian craft beer scene!
- La Birrofila – We have been offered a private tour by co-owner Marco Biraghi. He will tell us about the Milan craft beer scene, and how they started in 2016.
- La Ribalta – Started in May 2014, in an old logistics building. It is an open-style brewery, from the terrace and the tap room you have a view on the brewery. They have live music and serve great food. We will have dinner and get a short tour!
- Birrificio Brewfist – Legends in the Italian beer scene. We’ll visit both their production facility and their modern “Terminal 1” tasting room. Beer and food pairings Italian style await us!
- Del Ducato – One of the oldest and most famous craft brewers in Italy, with a truly inspired array of beers, including their take on a German-style smoked beer.
- Toccalmatto – One of the younger breweries but with its fantastic beers it has become world famous in record time.
- Birrificio Panil – Located on the grounds of a winery and surrounded by vineyards, this is a small, family-owned brewery specializing in sours. Our visit, on day 6 of the 6-day tour, includes a brewery visit, tasting, and an early lunch of traditional Parma food, prepared by the family.
- Elav – Founded in 2010. Independent, living in harmony with its environment, and brewing beers based on craft, knowledge and experimenting. Using a small brewhouse, they constantly try to experiment with new beers. It is a journey through “hop awareness” as they say!
- Retorto: Founded by the twins Marcello and Monica in 2011. They won their first awards in the Rome Beer Festival in 2012, and many more have followed. Be sure to try “Daughter of Autumn” and “Bloody Mario”.
- For those of you looking for a longer tour we offer a 2-day add on. Travel with us to Bologna for several more breweries, history, and great food!
Itinerary / Stats
Locations and distances vary from tour to tour, but generally fall between these guidelines:
- Day 1 – We start our tour in Milan this morning. We will visit Lambrate brewery, do a walking tour through town, visit brewpub La Birrofila, and end with a tour/tasting/dinner at brewery La
- Day 2 – It is a 40 minutes train ride to the start of our biketour, in Verdello Dalmine. We visit Elav Brewing, have lunch at their Clocktower Pub in Treviglio and ride 26 miles in total to Crema, a beautiful historic small town.
- Day 3 – A nice 34 mile bike ride through the flat countryside of the Po delta, with lots of old agriculture. We end today’s ride in Piacenza, a mid sized town with a very nice beer bar named Luppolleria: a mix of beer bar and cultural center, with lots of poetry, music, etc. Tonight we’ll take a taxi to Brewfist’s Terminal One Pub for beer and burgers!
- Day 4 – Our longest ride today, 40 miles, through the beautiful Italian scenery. We will pass several nice really old villages and towns. The completely flat countryside makes it easy to enjoy the ride. We also pass the town where famous compser Giuseppe Verdi lived. In the morning we visit Retorto brewery, and at the very end of our bikeride we visit Del Ducato brewery. We stay in the old small town of Soragna, with its former royal castle.
- Day 5 – On this day the landscape feels like we are in Belgium, with similar vegetation, livestock, and even similar dykes as in West Flanders or Holland. Culture-wise, it is 100% Italian, with retired men having their daily meeting on the central square, espresso bars, gelaterias and pizzerias everywhere, cute little Fiats, and colourfully dressed guys on fancy Pinarello road bikes. Since we have arrived the Parma region we will combine the beers with the best Parma ham and cheese you have ever tasted! After completing our 31 miles we dive into Parma’s university night life, and visit some great beer bars.
- Day 6 – The last bikeride, 27 miles, leads us to Birrificio Panil, a really special visit. A small farmhouse brewery. Owner Patrizia welcomes us, and her mother make sus a delicious homemade lunch! Tour ends around 3pm at the Parma hotel. People who book the optional 2 extra days take the train to Bologna late afternoon.
- Optional Day 7 and 8: Just for the September Tour there is the possibility of booking 2 extra nights and days in Bologna. One of the biggest university towns of Italy, with a lively beer scene: 2 brewpubs and at least 5 good beer bars!
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