How did you get into the beer industry? Why does beer matter to you?
I love drinking good beer. I started about twenty years ago. I looked for beers that were unusual, I discovered the beers made by homebrewers, I go in touch with the very first Italian craft breweries. At that time, craft beer renaissance was yet to come! As the Italian craft beer movement was taking its first steps, I co-founded one of the first Italian associations for the promotion of beer culture, where I organized beer culture and tasting courses and wrote for newspapers and blogs. As a matter of fact, I was the first Italian female beer blogger: I’m the founder of the blog pintamedicea.com. Meeting Charlie Papazian in Florence many years ago (around 2010) and listening to Eric Wallace’s talk in Rimini a couple of years later, sparked my curiosity and passion for the history of American craft beer, a subject I now teach in our beer courses as educator. I’m always eager to collaborate with the Brewers Association. I translate their articles and host them on my blog. I wrote and translated countless articles about the American craft beer movement.
Why do you judge at the World Beer Cup? What does judging at the World Beer Cup mean to you?
The World Beer Cup is such an important international competition, and being a judge there was a great honor and a great pleasure. I've been a beer judge for about fifteen years and the WBC was a crucial experience for me. I'm passionate about American craft beer. Whenever it’s possible I try to collaborate with the Brewers Association, so I was so excited too be invited at the WBC. I really enjoyed the international atmosphere I found in Colorado, the BA volunteers were fantastic, I was thrilled to meet judges from all over the world and to reunite with many friends. Being part of an international judging panel is always an enriching experience, especially in terms of connecting with other beer cultures.