My name is Francesca Morbidelli, I live in Florence. I’m a beerwriter, taster, teacher and beer judge.
In 2006, with some friends, we founded the Beer Tasting and Homebrewer’s Association “La Pinta Medicea” (located in Florence). At that time the Italian beer scene was rather desolate, we were the first ones in Florence (and very few in Italy) to organize homebrewer lessons, meetings as well as other events (dinners, tastings, markets, public presentations and online articles), all aimed at publicizing and spreading the Italian craft beer culture.
In the past ten years, I have attended all the tasting courses that were available (or possible) in Italy: MoBI, Unionbirrai, Slow Food, Fermento Birra and also Pinta Medicea when we had guests teachers. I attended the lessons of the best beer experts in Italy: Lorenzo “Kuaska” Dabove, Flavio Boero, Agostino Arioli.
I’ve been running a pretty popular website about “quality beer culture” since 2008: www.pintamedicea.com. I write and edit all the articles and sometimes I translate too (I’ve translated in Italian articles of/about Charlie Papazian, Sam Calagione and Randy Mosher, for example). I helped to write the lecture notes/handouts for all Unionbirrai beer education courses. I have also written some small reviews for various beer guides, for example the Mobi “Guida ai locali birrari”.
Teaching + other activities
I teach beer tasting and beer history/culture, and offered several public presentations many times. I have organized several beer courses in Florence for Pinta Medicea and also for Unionbirrai.
Sometimes I participate in local tv shows to talk about beer (a really terrible picture).
On August I usually volunteer at the Bière sans Frontières stand at GBBF London to present Italian craft beers to the English public.
You can find more info and photos about these activities on my website and photo albums.
I have been selected and have participated as a judge for many beer competitions since 2008/2009, thus acquiring the necessary expertise to take part to any future events on a wider scale. I’ve been a judge 9 times at Unionbirrai‘s competition Birra dell’Anno, plus at many -dozens – other homebrewer competitions. My latest experience as a judge was last month at the Villaggio della Birra homebrewer competition organized by MoBI.