Where to drink in Vercelli
Going out for a drink in Vercelli, we were directed to a parking lot behind a supermarket and petrol station. Hidden in this brutal concrete environment is the Birrificio Sant’Andrea.
Even though Piedmont is renown for its full bodied red wines, a number of microbreweries have cropped up across the region. One of these is the Birrificio Sant’Andrea on Via Cima Dodici 22 in Vercelli. A combined brewery and shebeen founded by a ground of friends passionate about beer and rock’n’roll.
Fascination and Charm
The passion is visible and the music is loud in the bar area of the brewery. The concrete backyard is lined with oriental rugs, second hand furniture, euro pallet sofas, free table soccer boards and table tops papered with a variety of posters. Inside the room is painted orange red with a bicycle, Christmas lights, obscure and/or subversive message boards, old paperbacks and beer capsule art decorating the walls. A fascinating and charming place to stop for a bite and a drink in Vercelli.
Behind the public rooms there’s the brewery, where one of the founders present the facilities and talks passionately about the process and high quality ingredients like the “Acqua del Lucca” from a local source. Birrificio Sant’Andrea opened in 2010 with a production of just two beers. A lager called Bionda del Leone and a strong English bitter named La Rossa Del Gallo. Since their range of beers have increased to some 15 different types that promise a extraordinary taste experiences likened to the screams of the damned and the fast flapping of bat wings. Intriguing and good fun.
Our visit to Birrificio Sant’Andrea in Vercelli was sponsored by Biteg – Borsa internazionale del turismo enogastronomico, but opinions are as always my own.