Let me preface this post by saying that there is only one way to go to Birreria – with a reservation. The line to get in weaves its way through the beer section in Eataly and was probably over an hour long when we arrived at 6:45. I can’t tell you how much pleasure I got from skipping past all of those people and being ushered up to the 14th floor where our table was awaiting us. That said, Birreria is pretty awesome.
The scenery is gorgeous, the atmosphere is even better, and despite the swarms of people downstairs the roof deck never felt too crowded. The food can be pretty expensive ($13 for a salad of arugula and tomatoes?). So, in order to ensure that the majority of our money was spent on beer, we opted for sharing 3 plates of food. First we got a cheese plate (7 cheeses for $17), which clearly was delicious, because when is cheese not awesome?
Next we tried the Maitake Mushrooms with Pecorino Sardo ($15). Roasted maitakes with a heavenly soft cream made from pecorino sardo. Salty and earthy.
Finally we tried one of their homemade sausages, which is definitely the way to go. We got the probusto ($21), which is made from pork and beef and comes from the Trento region and is akin to the german “Frankfurterwürstel.” It was probably the tastiest sausage I’ve ever eaten. No, seriously, it was awesome. Flavorful and melt in your mouth good.
The beers: I started off with one of their 3 cask beers that they brew on the roof deck. The one I really wanted to try, the Gina, a pale ale made with thyme, wasn’t ready yet so I settled for the Sofia, which is a traditional Belgian Wit ($10). It was good, though no better than most wheat beers I’ve had. It was light and refreshing with a hint of the sour taste you normally get from a wit. It definitely didn’t stand up to the flavors of the food, which overpowered it’s subtleness. It was a good beer but I wouldn’t rave about it.
There are 10 beers on draft, 4 of which come from the brewmasters who are brewing the cask beers at Birreria – Dogfish Head, Del Borgo, and Baladin. The next beer I tried was from Del Borgo. I’ve never had any of their beers before so I was interested to check it out. The Rubus Lamponi is what they had on tap: it’s an ale that’s been fermented with raspberries ($7). I was pleasantly surprised by the tart raspberry flavor. It wasn’t sweet or cloying. It’s tart, a bit sour, and a beautiful pinkish color. I can’t wait to try out more beers from this brewery.
Finally, I tried the Baladin Super ($8). It has a great amber/brown color and tastes of almonds, honey, and caramel with hints of fruit at the end. It was a really smooth beer and quite enjoyable to drink.
Things I didn’t like:
1. The number of people drinking wine – why are you wasting space at a beer garden?
2. Our server who acted as though she was a surly teenager fighting with her parents. I’m here to have a good time, I don’t need your attitude.
Overall, I was happy with my first experience at Birreria and I’d definitely recommend checking it out…so long as you make a reservation.