The Città dall’Altra Economia is one of the reasons I love Testaccio.
In addition to being the permanent home of a small cafe and an organic market, there is always something interesting going on the old slaughterhouse grounds.
Now entering its 6th year, the Testaccio Spring Beer Festival will be held at CAE from 16-19 May, 2019. The beer festival runs from 6 pm – 2 am on Thursday and Friday. Then it opens for a weekend of fun at 12 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Craft beer producers from around Italy will set up shop for four days of excellent beer drinking.
As with spring in Rome, the weather is usually unpredictable and has been cold and rainy on and off for the last two editions and it looks like a few more storms might be coming in 2019 as well – though hopefully, the wet weather will hold off until Monday.
Regardless of whether there is rain or shine, there will be plenty of tables set up for chatting over a brew or two.
This year there will also be beer pong, and guided “Beer Trail” walks by Unione Degustatori Birre to sample five of the most interesting craft beers at the festival. The Beer Trails cost €10 (the tastings are included), are held around specific themes (like IPA, for example) and you can book a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also food stands selling good drinking food like pizza, fried fish and supplì.
In 2016, the Spring Beer Festival hit peak hipster with a beard barber’s tent as well…
The beer festival is free to enter, but you must buy a glass for €4. After that, beers are one token (€3.50) for a 30 cl pour.
The Spring Beer Festival is open from 6 pm – 2 am on Thursday and Friday, then opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please see the festival website.
If you are plugging it into google maps, look for Largo Dino Frisullo (inside the mattatoio).