I actually did read the site (slow day at work). No need to catch feelings. I was serious about the California and PNW thing. Loads of great micro/craft brews to be had. To me, Italy is not the craft beer mecca. I go to Italy when I want cheap eats and fresh seafood. I buy my craft beers from a shop and pay about $3.50-5.00 per 12oz bottle. I'll venture out and try some new European breweries (quite a few breweries in Norway and Germany are popping up...even a decent one in Switzerland)now and then, but nothing compares to the American ones. I tend to stick with my favorites from California (anchor steam, lagunitas, stone, etc), when they are available. Sierra Nevada (if it can still be considered a craft brewery anymore) is the old stand-by for when nothing else is available. I'm not a brewmaster by any means, but I have an idea.