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20 BEERS BETTER THAN CORONA: 19. Menabrea Bionda

Y’know, I kinda blame Italy for getting us into this mess. When the Coronavirus came, they did nothing — and now their hospitals are overloaded, they’ve got the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world, and every other country is in lockdown, too. But even if I wouldn’t wanna visit Italy anytime soon…I’d still chug this Italian beer before taking a single sip of Corona.

19. Menabrea Bionda

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You know those European beers that all kinda taste the same, whether they’re from Poland, Portugal or Greece? This is also one of those beers. It’s tastier than, say, Molson Canadian, but you don’t remember much about it the next day. It does go pretty good with pizza, though — and I ain’t talkin’ bout Delissio, bro!

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Pizza slice and Italian beer @ Sud Forno

So, we’re hanging out at Sud Forno, this funky Italian cafeteria on Yonge St. This place has counters stocked with soup, salads, sammies and desserts…but you know me, I headed straight down to the pizza aisle, bro!!!

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This here’s the Spicy Cacciafore, with some hot soppressata and mushrooms on a crispy crust. I don’t like how they sliced it so that you get soppressata on one side and mushrooms on the other, making me take one bite out of each piece instead of scarfing a whole slice at once. But other than that, it was pretty tasty. At six bucks a slice, it’s a step up from Pizza Pizza, that’s for sure!

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Now, you KNOW if I’m eating pizza, then I’m also drinking beer. And this Italian cafeteria is serving up Italian beer from Birra Menabrea, straight outta Italy. Their Bionda is light and crisp, with a slightly malty finish. Pretty sure I could pound six or seven of these…but then I’d hafta polish off a whole pie!!!