says Hobbs, as it’s one of those beers you break out on special occasions, after a good meal, for a small group of friends. Xyauyù, Etichetta Oro (Gold Label), Baladin (Italy), 24 ounces, ABV percentage varies With its confounding X and its muddle of vowels (counting the Ys), your guess at pronouncing this beer’s name is as good as Hobbs’ — who’s not sure how to pronounce it either. What he’s sure of, though, is that this rare Italian import is one of those holy grails for beer lovers everywhere. It’s malty and mediumbodied, but other than that, he says, the beer has no distinct style: It’s neither lager, nor ale nor stout. It’s more like a mystery. And he says don’t be surprised if you gift this beer to a friend who promptly stores it away. Like a good wine, it gets better with age. Just wait a few years and, if you’re lucky, that friend might just invite you back to help break it open. 1856, 1465 N.E. Prescott St., 503-954-1104, 1856pdx.com
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