The EPICA craft brewery was founded in 2013 in a valley of north-eastern Sicily, from the passion of the three members Elio, Piero and Carmelo. A long friendship and the sharing of many passions have led to the creation of this extraordinary and ambitious project. “We shaped our passion and transformed it into our work, creating a small company that allowed us to work and stay in our land.”
Commitment, respect for traditions, the desire to experiment are the backbone on which the brewery is based. The term “epic”, in addition to recalling the initials of the members, derives from the ancient Greek ἕπος (epos) which means “word”, and in a broader sense “story”, “narration”. Epica Brewery wants you to travel with the imagination to discover new horizons of taste, tell a story that speaks of love and passion for simple things.
The brewery is located in the crafts area of Sinagra (Messina) Sicily, in the middle of the Nebrodi Mountains, halfway between the Tyrrhenian coast and the Etnean slope, and the beers produced are inspired by the environment in which they are produced, a land of ruggedness, lakes, vast woodland and endless horizons in front of Etna: a kaleidoscope of colours, flavours and scents that incessantly stimulate our senses. All EPICA products are handled with careful attention to detail, from the choice of ingredients, to the attention and to the monitoring of the individual phases of the production and marketing process. The mantra “respect for the times” is of primary importance for both the fermentation phase and the aging of our beers.
EPICA beers are growing in popularity both in Sicily and in the rest of Italy, selling both to restaurant and small distributors, and since 2016 we have also started shipping products abroad to pubs, beer shops, wine bars, restaurants and pizzerias.
WHAT IS THE AMBITION?
“Our business philosophy is based on the assumption that everything is possible. Sicily, too, from the millennial vineyard, can become a brewery of beers. Our goal is to get a product respected, alongside this, searching for a new and intense type of beer with the scents and flavours our land gives us every season of the year.”
EPICA are enthusiastic about the SMILE Project and the opportunities that it offers to learn and grow in the company of other Micro / Craft breweries both home and abroad. “We had informal homebrewer training and then we followed the courses at CERB. To continue to grow, we believe it is fundamental to confront us with other realities similar to ours. Experiences with other breweries, not just Italians, would help us to expand our knowledge both in terms of production and marketing of our product”