words by Carol King
Beer lovers can now enjoy their favourite tipple on toast thanks to a beer pâté launched by Italian food makers.
The invention is the result of joint venture between two companies from Lazio, the Rieti chocolate-maker Napoleone and Cittareale brewery Alta Quota. They say the spread is great on toast, as a cake filling, and with cheese or appetisers.
The makers debuted the pâté at the Salone del Gusto food fair in Turin, where chocolate maker Pietro Napoleone described his creation as “like a sweet, beer-scented jelly.”
There are two kinds of beer spread: one is delicate, while the other has a more intense aroma and stronger taste. The pâté is made using two beer varieties from Alta Quota, Omid dark ale and Greta blond ale.
Alta Quota’s Claudio Lorenzini said: “This is not the first time in Italy and in Europe that someone has tried to make a non-liquid beer, but the experiments carried out have not been successful because the combination of ingredients was not a winner. We believe that we have found the right formula with the use of high-quality products....”
Napoleone said of his collaboration to produce the culinary innovation: “For us this is the future.”
See how this marvel looks in the report below:
While spreadable beer is certainly novel - Italy has a long history of beer brewing. Here are some of our articles on the subject: Only Here for Beer - An introduction to Italian beers Food Guide to Italian Craft Beer Benedictine Monks Open Brewery in Norcia