Way up in Italy's northeast corner sits a region called Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (mercifully shortened to FVG by almost everyone), bordering Austria on the north and Slovenia to the east. Trieste is the largest and best-known city while Udine, in the center, is a pretty town with a fine brewing tradition. Moretti started out here before moving to Milan and becoming huge. The tradition has been revived by the brewpub Birrificio Udinese, located in one of the few modern buildings in the old town center.
Inside, the Udine pub has some interesting design features. One wall has glass panels through which the various barley grains used in brewing are displayed.
(Visited Oct. 4, 2011)