Vapori di Birra or Steam Beer – Italian brewer utilising geothermal steam in brewing
Italian brewery Vapori di Birra (Steam Beer) is making news. Brewing its beer with the help of geothermal energy, some of its beers are named accordingly Geyser Pale Ale, Sufurea Weiss or Magma Amber Ale.
There have been news here and there about geothermal beer in the past. A story is now being picked up by Bloomberg on Vapori di Birra or Steam Beer, a beer created by a retired energy technician of Enel in Lardarello, Italy.
Going into retirement he followed up on a passion of his, a beer “produced entirely with steam power”. Starting in 2013, Edo Volpi, has now been running his brewery for the past six years growing it into an international business and at the same time seeing itself in a role to help build eco-tourism in Tuscany, Italy.
In 2018, Vapori di Birra shipped its first 1,600 bottles internationally with rather exotic flavours, such as chilli and chestnut. With doubling its production every year, the brewery produced 40,000 bottles last year.
The names of the beers are very geothermally “flavoured” as well with Geyser Pale Ale, Sulfurea Weiss, Magma American Amber Ale, and Thera Special Ale Miele, plus some others.
The brewery is now even a stop for tourists to the region.
But he is not the only brewer with geothermal beer. We reported on an Icelandic brewery , U.S. brewery and Italian brewery before. There is even a beer spa in Iceland, but this might be going a little too far.