Perle ai Porci – Pearls for pigs - is our March’s Bizzarra. Inspired by the Nordic tradition, it is a dark coloured stout. During the brew we added 45 kilos of fresh oysters with their shell and this year we also used a brand new “marine” ingredient, just to give the beer a more Italian taste! It was 20 kilos of Roman Coastline Tellina, SlowFood Presidium, sweet and delicate small clams that are only harvested using boat or handheld rakes, which are usually handmade by the fishermen themselves. This is a real gem!
Pearl for pigs‘ aroma has beautyful roasted, slightly savoury and mineral notes given by the shell. It has a creamy and full-bodied mouthfeel, with a pleasant, not too strong salty ending, and a fantastic foam! While last year it had been an “experimental brew”, in 2012 we made it at the New Brewery and we also organized The Oyster Day: a big party, with other SlowFood producers from our region and our friends from Taberna in Palestrina, who cooked the oysters and clams reamining after the brew, preparing a huge “oyster spaghetti” and the best “clam bruschetta” ever! That is to say, we casted the pearls berfore the swine, but we eated the oysters!