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Giovanni Campari, a graduate in Food Science and Technology and former homebrewer backed by an internship of five months at Birrificio Italiano, and partner Manuel Piccoli, a veteran of the logistics and careful administrator, are the founders of Birrificio del Ducato.
Giovanni is our Brewmaster, visionary and radical, he is the alchemist who puts his soul into the beers we produce; Manuel instead is the administrator and the artisan of numbers, with a clear vision, pragmatic and entrepreneurial.
Giovanni and Manuel met by chance at the stand of Unionbirrai - association of producers and fans of craft beer - this at a fair in the province of Parma on a cold and rainy day in autumn 2005. From a chat they had the idea to open a microbrewery. "This idea seemed something crazy and absurd for people we knew, even our families were skeptical and a bit worried. If at that time someone had told me all that would have happened in these few years, certainly we would not have believed!" Recalls Giovanni. And Manuel added: "I remember the owner of the warehouse we had decided to rent was worried: with an idea so wacky feared that we would not last long, why was reluctant to conclude the contract; It took weeks of persuasion to convince him to succeed. In very few they took us seriously, so we had to count on our own strength."
The place where it all started is Roncole Verdi, the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi and gastronomic field in Lower Parma. The period preceding the opening is very challenging, working hard for more than six months to prepare the brewery, nonstop, seven days a week, up to a hundred hours a week. But the greatest obstacle is the tremendous Italian bureaucracy: at the end of November 2006 is all set, but the authorization to produce still not granted. Everything officially begins March 27, 2007, the first beers in the newborn brewery are Viaemilia and AFO and Giovanni is the only worker in the production. Before the year see the light even New Morning, Sally Brown, Winterlude, Chimera, Verdi Imperial Stout and Krampus. At the end of the year, A.F.O. is awarded as the best Pale Ale of Italy at Birra dell’Anno competition.
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A little over a year after a second operator works in the brewery. Our core range of beers, though still evolving, is now complete. The distribution begins to turn abroad by establishing the first contacts with the United States and Sweden. Three silvers come from national competition Beer of the Year but also the first major recognition with Verdi Imperial Stout was awarded the gold medal in one of the most respected and demanding competitions in the world, the European Beer Star in Nuremberg. With this award, Verdi Imperial Stout become the first Italian beer to win an international beer competition. If all this were not enough, we buy the first two wooden barrels destined to ageing of one of our greatest beers: L’Ultima Luna, an oxidized barley wine conceived by Giovanni to celebrate the birth of his first son Matteo.
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Given the growth in the workload of a new figure became part of staff of the brewery and, towards the end of the year, it is taken a second brewer. We begin to export to two new and important markets, Spain and Denmark. Two large confirmations from abroad for the brewery: the US magazine Draft Magazine inserts Nuova Mattina (brand for the US market of New Morning) in the ranking of the 25 best beers in the world, only this Italian label. The same year also the US magazine Wine Enthusiast inserts the Nuova Mattina in its list of the 25 best beers in the world. Also important medal comes from the Stockholm Beer Festival. Our wine cellar is filled with other barrels bringing to twenty barrels for aging.
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A great start to the year! Birra dell’Anno competition comes from the fact the bis entitled "Brewery of the Year"and so we become the first brewery to have won the title for two editions below. To these are then added the seven medals won at the European Beer Star Nuremberg - including two golds with Beersel Morning and Sally Brown - another record still unbeaten in the history of the competition for the number of medals won in a single edition. Widens further exports, now also we export to new countries such as Norway and Canada. The share of the production used abroad increases enormously until it touches the 15% of production. At the end of the year the brewery now has a new person engaged in the production.
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A great start to the year! Birra dell’Anno competition comes from the fact the bis entitled "Brewery of the Year"and so we become the first brewery to have won the title for two editions below. To these are then added the seven medals won at the European Beer Star Nuremberg - including two golds with Beersel Morning and Sally Brown - another record still unbeaten in the history of the competition for the number of medals won in a single edition. Widens further exports, now also we export to new countries such as Norway and Canada. The share of the production used abroad increases enormously until it touches the 15% of production.At the end of the year the brewery now has a new person engaged in the production.
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In 2012, yet many accolades: four medals from the competition Birra dell’Anno; Silver for Viaemilia at the World Beer Cup; a bronze at the European Beer Star; the Winterlude took first place overall in the Campionato Italiano Birre Artigianali held in Milan (in later years Winterlude will be awarded as Best Tripel of Italy for 5 years in a row at the same competition). We grow still in export volumes lapping also the Australian market, Czech and Austrian.We start groundbreaking of the warehouse in Soragna (3 km from Roncole) that will become the "new home" of Birrificio del Ducato.
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2013 was a successful year that offered us exciting expectations for the future. To keep up with the increasingly dizzying number of orders from Italy and from all over the world, we had to increase production yet! Our beers were able to land in France and even in Taiwan. We inaugurated the Logistic Department, are already operating the administrative department and the logistics - which now has 240 square meters of cold storage. Nella Linea Moderna Blonde e Oatmeal Stout vengono sostituite da Saison e Smoked Porter. At the end of the year it is launched the e-commerce of the Birrificio del Ducato. The awards of 2013 are many and different. We start from Birra dell’Anno national competition that recognizes three bronze medals, a silver and a gold for Luna Rossa. But a shower of new confirmation comes also from international competitions: the Brussels Beer Challenge crowns our brewery with two gold medals - for the Chimera and Sally Brown Baracco - and a silver; in Munich the judges of the European Beer Star reward Viaemilia and Wedding Rauch with the most precious metal and two bronzes go to Chimera and Verdi Imperial Stout. The cellar reach the amount of 90 wooden barrels intended for the aging of sour beers.
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2014 is a year full of work and projects. At Birra dell’Anno we got 5 medals where we are awarded again with Gold in Sour Beer category, this time is Chrysopolis. At World Beer Cup Viaemilia wins silver medal in Kellerbier for the third time in a row, while at European Beer Star Chimera wins a bronze. We devote a lot of time making research on the sour beers, which receive more and more appreciations all worldwide. We expand our production working sometimes in 2 shifts and the demand for our beers increases very much, mostly abroad. At the end of the year we have exported 35% of our production towards 18 countries.
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2015 is being a very intense year. February 13th we set a milestone in the italian beer history, that was the opening day of “The Italian Job” (UK’s First Italian craft beer pub). From fall we will finally be full steam operating with plant that will have a fully automatic brewhouse 5 vessels of 60 hectoliters by which we can substantially increase the amount of production. Our cellar in the brewery of Roncole Verdi has now reached a total of 120 barriques and 8 big barrels (44; 54 and 80 HL) with a total volume of 700 HL of barrel ageing and to fit the huge demand for our sours it will be turned into a Sour Beer Brewery before the end of the year. So for the next future we dream boundless horizons of beer…