La Buttiga is a craft beer room situated at the far end of Via Paolo Sarpi in Milan’s Chinatown. As you may know by now, I’m a craft beer enthusiast, so this means that Buttiga is one of my favorites.
This small taproom is one of the few single-brand pubs in Milan and serves craft beers from the Buttiga brewery, based in Piacenza. Before Buttiga, most of the Milanese beer nights happened sitting around a table, but Buttiga has made the casual standing hangout totally legit and brought a little change to our beer experience: much to the staff’s delight, this pub literally gets packed with people and good mood from 17:00 on every day, you’ll see.
There’s ten taps and more bottled beers, all from La Buttiga: on each tap there’s a brief description of the beers – my favorite being the Rye 3 IPA, which is named after the least boring of the Italian public TV channels (a pun for Rai 3). To be practical, la Buttiga will be doubly appreciated if you need to charge your phone while you rest your legs on that occasional free stool; there’s also a few snacks and merchandise, including the traditional beer stein for the regulars.
One thing: a customer once left a bad review (with bad spelling, incidentally) about the staff, and therefore they often wear a mocking T-shirt that says they’re plain arrogant. Don’t mind that: of course both the beers and the service at Buttiga are just spot on. And pleasant.