This is an altbier produced in cooperation with Birrando Gustando, an association of amateur tasters and homebrewers from Giaveno (Turin). The aim of the project was to attract even more people to the wonderful world of craft beer. With this copper colored beer, which follows the tradition of German altbier from the Düsseldorf area, the association shows its vocation to explore the world of beer from all angles… with exceptional results!
Homebrewers Maurizio Caselli and Alessandro Gardelli cooperated with Teo And Palli to create a perfectly respectable trippel. The resulting beer has a high alcohol content (10.2%); the color is light and the taste crisp and enticing, thanks also to the hops from England and the Czech Republic. This beer demonstrates how many highly skilled beer lovers are in Italy, making it one of the most rapidly evolving countries in the world of beer.
This beer was created in cooperation with homebrewer Egidio Latronico, winner of the HB2011 national championship. This is a particular kind of stout, obtained by adding oat flakes to roasted and malted barley. The oat adds smoothness to the taste, as well as a touch of sweetness.
The first cooperation between Birrificio Baladin with two homebrewers: Francesco Conforti and Davide Pedrini, first winners of the yearly contest in Piozzo. The first prize is the opportunity to participate in a professional brewing at our brewery. Their debut beer, a 9.5%quadrupel with a strong body, was the pioneer which paved the way for many more cooperation experiences with homebrewers.
A few years after the Nöel Chocolate experiment, it’s time for coffee on Christmas 2007! For this beer, Teo goes for a light flavoring obtained from an extremely prestigious and subtle coffee, chosen by his great friend Leonardo Lelli. The originality of this beer lies in a little trick played to bring to the fore the exceptional quality of this great coffee: a whole bean was placed inside each bottle!
It is now tradition that each Christmas we make a “special” version of Nöel Baladin. NöelChocolate was made for the " Teo goes to chocolate" box, presented at Salone del Gusto 2004. On that occasion, Teo managed to bring together three Italian gurus of chocolate: Domori, Gobino and Rizzati. The box contained three products, all made from the extremely rare Ocumare 67 cocoa by Hacienda San José (used during the boiling stage in the brewing process).
In 2002 Baladin enters its experimental period. A production of Nöel (only 500 liters at the time) was left to ferment with 25% Dolcetto wine must, and forgotten for many years in the“dungeons” of Baladin! After more than 10 years, the surviving bottles have become cult objects and are used only on very special occasions or tasting sessions. A true rarity. A forerunner of the IGA (Italian Grape Ale) style.
A real challenge! Bringing together the most “hoppy” brewery in the world with the least inclined to use this flower. This beer was created during the Italian stay of Greg Koch andMitch Steele - from American brewery Stone Brewing Co. during the Open Day Baladin2011. The result? A Super Baladin with an arrogant bitterness, although very well balanced by the caramel-like nature of the original version. The resulting mix is absolutely unique and enticing.
As is known, Baladin is not all about beers, but also about an idea, a way of doing things, apoint of view, a taste. And that’s why Teo’s restless mind one day conceived a beer tocelebrate his creative crew. Gusto fully reflected their creative and exuberant spirit with itsmarked notes of pepper and its fizz. The orange, sun-like color expressed the joyfulness ofthe team, which was further emphasized by the flowery scents and the taste of citrus andfleshy fruits.
More than a beer, this was an exam! Which we passed with flying colors thanks to the odd synergy between Teo’s creativity and the students from the Pollenzo University ofGastronomic Sciences. With Xyauyù 30 e Lode, they paid homage to one of the greatest tasters of all times: the great Michael Jackson It was included in the range of our so-called couch beers, but with a relevant residual sugar which allowed it to go well with “extreme” cheeses and be a great alternative, for instance, to cherry or port wine.
A special version of Super Baladin made for the world presentation of FIAT 500. Fivehundred numbered bottles were given as presents by FIAT to authorities and celebrities fromthe worlds of politics and entertainment. The same year, a very limited production followedand was sold for Christmas in a dedicated package including a small scale model of theoriginal “500 Baladin”, kindly produced by FIAT especially for us.
This is a saison style, light colored beer. It was actually produced as a pilot of the new version (2013) of Wayan, to study the balance between different types of pepper. It was alsoused to test a particular type of yeast that promotes high attenuation. The result, hence the name, is a very peppery beer with a bold and edgy mix of spices, on a simple and drystructure.
A beer produced in cooperation with Fabio Donelli and Alice Davoli, two of the winners of the Italian Homebrewer Championship. This W TWO has the typical straw-yellow color and cloudiness of a Dunkel Weizen, but adds a subtly and pleasantly hoppy note.
A beer inspired by Belgian golden ales and produced in cooperation with one of the winnersof the National Homebrewer Award, Mauro Queirolo. As per the tradition of this style, the hops and malt are in perfect balance to please the palate with their freshness and lightness. With its golden color and its easy drinkability, Gold One is a fantastic beer to celebrate the summer!
Nöel Vanille is a Christmas ale. Dark, with a good head, it mesmerizes with its explosion ofscents and aromas which evoke a festive atmosphere, full of cuddles and lazy times. In thisversion, a strong but well-balanced taste of vanilla rounds up the experience. The vanillapods come from Madagascar and are processed directly by Baladin through a cold infusionprocess.
The minds (and hands) of Teo Musso and Agostino Arioli - masters of top and bottomfermentation techniques, respectively – were behind the creation of YI-ER, an absolutely unique blend. Teo Musso created ER, a top fermented beer inspired by Imperial Russian Stouts, with a high alcohol content and fermented in oak barrels. Agostino made YI, an 8% bottom-fermented beer, fermented in steel with the addition of raspberries at the end of the fermentation process. This was the hoppy component of the blend. The combination of the two generated YI-ER, a beer with 9.5% ABV and a balancedand unique style. The first brew for the blend was made at the Baladin brewery in Fariglianoduring the Open Days 2012.
Three exceptional master brewers have taken on this challenge: Teo, Leonardo and Sam, in cooperation with professor Patrick McGovern, American archeologist and director of the laboratory of Molecular Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as fermented drinks expert. He’s better known as Dr. Pat and has already worked with Sam Calagione on his Ancient Ales: beers inspired by the world ancient civilizations. The idea was to create a beer which the Etruscan may have drunk more than 2,500 years ago. Under Dr. Pat’s supervision, ingredients were selected on the basis of the findingsmade at several Italian archaeological sites. The version fermented by Baladin in oak barrels is an intense straw-yellow beer with complex aromas, where the notes of hazelnut, wood and honey pleasantly combine. Theacidity is strong but well balanced and refreshing, and immediately evokes thoughts ofancient Etruscan times.
Slip is Baladin's new interpretation of the kölsch style and has a 5% ABV. The name comes from “Pils” spelled backwards - a style that Baladin does not produce as it is a bottom-fermented beer. The idea was to create a beer that corresponds to the Kölsch style using atop fermentation technique. Slip was produced at the Baladin brewery from a recipe suggested by Gianriccardo Corbo, one of the homebrewers who gained the right to see one of their beers brewed by us, as winners of the Italian Homebrewer Championship organized by MoBi.
In 1996, the microbrewery Baladin is created from the transformation of the pub into a brewpub. The same year, BLONDE BALADIN is born: a 5% abv Belgian-style blonde ale. It is very easy to drink and much appreciated by the pub guests: a great substitute for the “branded” beers they were used to drinking before. Blonde has a very successful life until 2019, when it is replaced by a new blonde ale, also available on tap only.
In May 2010, one of the Baladin historical beers - Blonde - is suddenly replaced by a new entry: Nelson. Nelson is also a light-colored ale and has the same alcohol content (5% abv). What’s the difference, then?Teo, in one of his many creative moments, had decided to experiment with a new type of hops from NewZealand, called Nelson Sauvin. The result was a much more richly scented blonde ale than Blonde. In a way, it anticipated the trend that would soon explode of using very aromatic hops, with a more prominent bitter character. In order to promote the new draft-only beer at the pub in Piozzo, Teo decided to install a new tap, inspired by an old instrument found on sailing ships - the telegraph - which, ironically, the manufactured had called Colonna Ammiraglio Nelson.
In September 1997, Teo creates a new beer. It’s a light, English-style bitter ale: only 5.8% abv and - to make it more similar to British ales - it is pulled on nitro. This method makes the head creamier, as the style demands, while keeping the fizziness low. For this reason too - to respect its nature - Niña is always and only served on tap. To choose its name, Teo launched a competition. The winner was a nice kid from Argentina, Ricardo, a regular at the Baladin pub in Piozzo. He beat all other participants with Niña, which in Argentinian - and in almost all hispanic languages - means little girl. Teo took it as a good omen for the newborn Baladin microbrewery and picked it.
Deep amber-colored beer, with a thick head. The intense aroma of hops blends with fresh citrusy notes and balsamic and resinous hints. The taste immediately shows a great balance between the malty flavors of caramel and roasted cereals, and the bitterness which grows in a long and intense crescendo. The light body makes it easy to drink. The recipe includes six types of hops, added during the brewing process and with the dry hopping technique. A great aperitif beer, it also goes well with red meat tartare or grilled meat. "Rebelot": homebrewer Gianluca Toso has chosen the word meaning “chaos” in the Milan dialect to call his beer, inspired by the chaos in his house after a day spent brewing.
Amber colored, 8% abv – The scent is dominated by the flavor of fresh hazelnuts, which comes from the use of “Tonda Gentile” hazelnut flour, a typical product of lower Piedmont. The skins of the hazelnuts give the taste a rich aromatic profile, where the hazelnut perfectly combines with the notes of dried fruit that are typically found in Super Baladin.
Amber colored, 8% abv – A beer with a distinct scent of tropical and citrus fruit (mango, pineapple, citrus), which comes from the generous use of Mosaic hops that give it its name. The taste shows great balance between the bitterness and the caramelized notes of barley, which blends with the delicate hints of syrupy fruit and the alcohol, that you will only feel when you’ve drunk the whole bottle!
Amber colored, 8% abv - In this version, the flavors of cinnamon that immediately emerge in the scent blend with the malty notes of the classic SUPER, creating a subtle harmony. The cinnamon aroma expands in the mouth and completes the bouquet of tastes by developing a beautiful balance of ripe and syrupy fruit, dried figs and almonds…
Arrogant Bastard Ale - an American legend - was created in 1997, just like Super Baladin. Long-time friends Teo and Greg thus decide to brew a special edition beer to celebrate this important anniversary. Baladin selects the cereals and takes care of the fermentation, while Arrogant Brewing chooses the hops. The result is an interesting beer, with a strong body that comes from the malt, and a high degree of bitterness, where resinous scents and aromas standout, as well as grapefruit citrusy notes and spices from the Chinook American hops.
A macro-oxidized beer with a clear, ruby color and no head. Its scent releases fruity notes of dry plums and caramel notes. As Xyauyù gets more and more in contact with oxygen, the smell of chocolate intensifies and blends with the other aromas to create a mix of nougat, nuts and wood.The taste is very complex and surprising: a unique product that evolves on notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and wood, creating an unstoppable kaleidoscope of feelings and emotions.
Golden, slightly hazy color, white head and fine perlage. A very peculiar beer that is worth discovering: the first scents that hit the nose are those of fruit - such as apricot and peach - a subtle herbaceous aroma and notes of honey, accompanied by citrus and caramel hints. The taste is acidic at first, then dry apricots, a pleasant oxidized and lactic note and a gentle bitterness emerge.The warm feeling of the alcohol keeps everything together, while the dry finish cleans and freshens the mouth. It is a smooth and astounding beer, like the thrust of a blade. It has a light mineral flavor and an almost champagne-like attitude.
On Christmas 2017, Teo decides to surprisingly go back to his experimentations with unusual aromas, which had signed the success of his historical Nöel. After Nöel Chocolat, Nöel Cafè and Nöel Vanille, a new member joins the family of special Christmas beers: Nöel Liquirizia.
Presented the first time in November 2015, POP has always been a revolutionary beer for the domestic market, as it was the first Italian craft beer to be sold in a can.It has the ambition to communicate to a wide audience, presenting itself as the right product to attract young consumers to craft beer.Designed as a beer that is easy to drink but with an aromatic profile that lends it a lot of character, it is sold in a can, which is an easy packaging and offers large areas for visual communication.POP (popular beer) owes its name to pop culture, the origin of a strong movement of musical and visual expression which has involved entire generations, and still does. This first series of 6 cans - all containing the same beer and with the same art, but available sin six different colors - aimed at creating “the myth” of a collector’s item.
Once again, Oval is the result of Teo’s desire to explore the world of yeasts. Starting from a beer made with 100% Italian malt, he has embarked on a journey to show what wild tastes are. At the final stage of fermentation, he has experimented with the use of Brettanomyces bruxellensis, combined with a strain of yeast isolated from bark.
Xyauyù Barrel has a deep ruby, clear color and has no head. Its scents are reminiscent of vanilla and caramel, and are accompanied by smooth notes of wood, raisins and almonds.While sipping it, the tastes of caramel, vanilla and fruit in syrup emerge. They blend harmoniously with the typical warmth of this barley wine with surprising notes of the best rums, in whose disused barrels Xyayù Barrel is aged.
When his third daughter was born, master Teo could not but create a beer dedicated to the new baby and, of course, give it her name. In March 2013 a new beer with the color of the sun and a light character is created to wish little Soraya all the best in her life.
Magika takes inspiration from the classic Belgian dubbel beers. The original dubbel was a beer produced at the Trappist abbey of Westmalle since 1856. After the second world war, it became particularly famous in Belgium and the name dubbel was used by many breweries. Today, the term describes an ale with an intense red or brown color. It is stronger than a Belgian ale, but lighter than a tripel.
As is the case for other sour versions of Baladin beers, Wayan Sour also stems from Teo’s curiosity for the use of lactobacilli, a very common practice in the Belgian beer-making tradition (suffice it to think of Lambic or Gueze). The world of lactobacilli is mysterious and intriguing to master Teo, who likes to experiment and periodically explores it. Every time, he picks a different beer for this project, and the end results are particularly appreciated on the US market.
Nöel Chocolat 2010 was created in cooperation with Gianluca Franzoni, an expert cocoa selector and founder of the Domori chocolate factory.For this beer, he chose the prestigious Venezuelan Criollo variety, characterized by the absence of tannins, which gives this cocoa unparalleled sweetness and creaminess. Teo was particularly happy with the result, so he decided to keep some bottles aside to age them and study their evolution over time.
In November 2015, Metodo Classico was officially presented in the wonderful Bossea Caves, in the municipality of Frabosa Soprana, province of Cuneo. The product is the result of a project started in 2008, with a name that already explained its genesis.
Every fall, a special edition of Nazionale is brewed once to celebrate the new hops, used while they are still extremely fresh. To allow everyone to taste it, 3.000 cans were produced in limited series. We know they will soon run out but - as we said - it’s a beer that should be drunk fresh!