Moerlein and A Tavola Collaborate on New Beer
A Tavola Bar and Trattoria in Over-the-Rhine and Madeira has collaborated with Christian Moerlein on a new beer to match the atmosphere and menu of the popular restaurant. Together, they have created La Strada (Italian for “the road”) which is intended to reproduce the German pilsner beers often served in the plazas outside Italian trattorias.
A Tavola owners Jared and Nick Wayne wanted to recreate their own memories of enjoying more than a couple beers sitting outside a Bologna trattoria. The concept is something that matches well with the simple, yet elegant, offerings at A Tavola (if you haven’t eaten there you are doing yourself a serious disservice).
Jared and Nick worked with Moerlein Lager House head brewer Gregg Wilson to develop the recipe for the traditional lager. They debated a range of flavor profiles but ultimately landed on a beer that balances malt and hop flavors. It features a very basic malt bill and kettle additions of Hallertauer, Mittlefrüh, and Saphir hops. Some salts were added to the water profile to help the hop flavors pop without becoming overbearing. The end result is a crisp lager with light berry and floral hop characteristics sure to quench your thirst as you dine amongst friends. It clocks in at a sessionable 5% ABV and modest 23 IBU.
The first couple of batches were brewed at the Moerlein Lager House but brewing is expected to shift to Moerlein’s OTR production brewery on Moore Street in the near-term. As of now, you can only find this at A Tavola’s two locations but that could possibly change in the future as demand dictates. While only served over the past week, it has already far outpaced their other beer sales and customers have been delighted with the new offering. Fun fact: Jared designed the custom tap handle which was produced by local fabricator, Such and Such.
A Tavola and Moerlein are holding an official launch party for La Strada this Thursday (December 4) at 6pm at the Moerlein Malthouse at 1621 Moore Street.
This isn’t the first culinary-inspired brew by Christian Moerlein. They previously collaborated with famed local chef, Jean Robert, to create a hefeweizen. The Moerlein Lager House has always emphasized the intimate connection between beer and food flavors.