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“Malnatt” has arrived, the beer produced by the prisoners of Milan.

Malnatt is the born bad in the Milanese dialect, the protagonist of many songs that tell the detention in San Vittore; now it is also a beer, produced by the prisoners of San Vittore, Bollate and Opera.

Malnatt beers, distributed by the Horeca channel (Hotellerie-Restaurant-Café), are top-fermented beers, unpasteurized, unfiltered and refermented in bottles or kegs. Three lines produced and dedicated to the three prisons in Milan:

Malnatt San Vittore, unfiltered light beer made from barley malt only;

Malnatt Bollate, wheat beer;

Malnatt Opera, red beer.

Malnat name and logot (as we said at the beginning, a term from the Milanese dialect that affectionately means “badly born”) are conceived by Take, the communication agency partner of the project, and place particular emphasis on the Milanese character of the project and on culture popular Milanese.

Not by chance, The protagonist of Ma mi is a malnatt, the famous song, written by Giorgio Strehler and sung by Ornella Vanoni and then by Enzo Iannacci, which tells of a detention in the San Vittore prison, from the refrain that went like this:

But me, but me, but me,
forty days, forty nights,
In San Vittur a ciapaa i bott,
slept de can, pien de malann! …
But me, but me, but me,
forty days, forty nights,
sbattuu de su, sbattuu de giò:
I sont de those who speak no!

It is an innovative project, albeit with our work “Food stories behind bars” we are used to these innovations, but it is always nice, and we like to talk about these developments: it is always a question of drawing attention to the issue and the value of reintegrating prisoners and former prisoners into the world of work.

“Malnatt, the taste for redemption” was presented in recent days at Palazzo Marino, in the presence of the Councilor for Labor, Productive Activities and Commerce Policies Cristina Tajani with the Superintendent of the Penitentiary Administration, Pietro Buffa and the creators of the initiative.

“A typically Milanese project right from the name, which combines some of the distinctive features of our city such as the attention to the search for quality through the use of raw materials with a short supply chain and the ability to understand market trends, represented by pay attention to craft beers. Finally, an entirely Milanese peculiarity, to make work the most important opportunity for redemption and attention to others “.

Thus comments the councilor Tajani on the initiative, continuing to praise the entrepreneurs who are dedicated to these issues:

“The collaboration with entrepreneurs who choose to produce together with the penitentiary structures allows to expand the professional requalification paths for prisoners, increasing their technical skills and favoring their return to the labor market as a valid social redemption tool for personal growth. A real opportunity that in the coming months will see at least 10 inmates busy learning the secrets of beer and a new job ”.

Malnatt was born from the collaboration between the three Milanese prisons Bollate, Opera and San Vittore and a group of entrepreneurs and operators from the Milan area, with the support of the Regional Superintendency of the Penitentiary Administration and the Municipality of Milan.

The aim of the project is to strengthen and promote the bridge between the educational and productive activities carried out within the district houses and the Milan area. Thanks to the beer supply chain, Malnatt will give a concrete opportunity for training and work to some inmates and ex-prisoners, in particular in the production phases – at the La Morosina Agricultural Company in Abbiategrasso, in the Ticino Park – and for distribution at the Fish company.

The expected corporate and social result, 24 months after launch, is twofold:

  1. reintegrate at least ten prisoners or ex-prisoners
  2. generate economic resources for the Institutes to be used for detainees’ recovery and training for the Penitentiary Police. It is estimated that, with the sale of a volume of about 1,000 hectoliters, it will be possible to finance projects for a minimum value of about 20,000 euros per year.

So let’s drink responsibly, even choosing which project to finance!

Stories of food behind bars continues with tales of food and prison.

Marco Ribaudo

Marco Ribaudo

For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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