Join the craft & draft revolution at Beer Show

Everyone knows Italian food and wine make for the perfect pairing…but there’s a new brew on the scene in Milan, and it doesn’t come from a vineyard. Craft beer is taking the city by storm, and bringing with it a number of unique establishments where you can sit back and enjoy a cold one (or three).

If you prefer a swanky atmosphere with table service and trendy music blaring from the speakers, this article isn’t for you. But if you value hole-in-the-wall places with friendly staff and a laid-back atmosphere, keep reading.


Located in Isola, Beer Show does exactly what its name suggests…it shows off some of the best craft beer in Milan. You’ll find six Italian beers on tap, and plenty of brews from around the world in the fridge.


It should come as no surprise that Beer Show exists, considering the recent boom of Italian microbreweries (there are now 500, most of which are in the north of the country).


The atmosphere is simple, proving that good beer speaks for itself and needn’t be served in a fancy setting. Drinks are served with a smile, and draft selections are made from a chalkboard behind the bar.


Chairs are limited in this tiny establishment, with a few stools by the bar and an equally small number offered in the tiny upstairs section.


But beer lovers will undoubtedly be in heaven and more than willing to stand or take their brews outside on the sidewalk if there are no seats available.


Simple snacks such as hot dogs and potato chips are served, but don’t head to Beer Show expecting a full meal. Those who enjoy a mid-afternoon fix should note that this Isola spot doesn’t open until 5 p.m.

Address: Via Borsieri, 30

Lynsey Free

Lynsey Free is founder and editor of Postcards from Milan. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, her work has been published on, RT television, Sky News, News Corp sites, and MyFox channels. She is based in Milan, Italy.

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