$114 for a beer? These upscale brews are worth sharing
Inverted wine glasses hang above the bar at Little Italy’s newest watering hole but there isn’t a bottle of red or white in site. Instead, the large bottles that line Birreria Volo’s shelves are filled with specialty beers — notably sours, farmhouse ales and Belgian-style brews.
One example of this is the Iris, a light and tart beer from Belgium’s Cantillon Brewery that has a complex flavour profile of wood, hay, lemon and stone fruit. It’s naturally fermented using wild yeast found only in the air along the Zenne River, which runs near the brewery. Rare ingredients and a laborious brewing process, which includes two years of aging in oak barrels, contribute to the beer’s high menu price — $60 per 750 mL bottle.