Rocca dei Conti: Modica has its microbrewery

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I firmly believe that maintaining local traditions is important, especially culinary ones, but I also think that we cannot stop there, our generations can create new "traditions" for the future. This is why I am always pleased when I find people who dare experimenting with food and ingredients in the name of quality. This is the case of Tarì, a new beer made in Modica by the Rocca dei Conti Brewery.

This is a family project which started out of Fabio Blanco and Luca Modica's love and passion for good craft beer. As is often the case, the two of them started as homebrewers experimenting in the family's "dammusi" (typical Sicilian small stone houses) in Modica two years ago, then their enthusiasm and excellent results convinced also Fabio's father in law, Antonio Leocata, who gave them all the necessary support to turn their dream into reality, thus founding Birrificio artigianale Rocca dei Conti in January 2010.

They created two different kinds of beer: Oro Tarì, an unfiltered, unpasteurised pilsner and Bronzo Tarì, a Ale which is also unfiltered and unpasteurised.
I tasted Oro Tarì and was particularly impressed with the quality of this beer. Pale straw to gold color with a creamy white head on top, I loved its fresh taste with a pleasant, hoppy finish and a creamy mouthfeel with balanced bitterness.
I served it with a vegetable ragù lasagna and enjoyed the combination of flavours very much.
Modica has its beer now and I am glad this is a microbrew, made with care and attention to details.
I am officially after the Bronzo Tarì now and hope to visit the brewery soon to find out more. Obviously, you will know everything about it as soon as I have the chance to talk to Fabio and Luca at the Rocca dei Conti.

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