While wine may be the more traditional pairing with gourmet Italian food, our wide range of craft beers and other brews offer unexpected and delightful alternatives.
Sample a variety of ales and stouts from some of the nation’s best craft breweries. Try our selection of local brewers such as Buckle Down Brewery and Revolution. Branch out even further with our unmatched list of about 10 well-known but hard-to-find Italian craft beers, including a 2,500-year-old Birra del Borgo spiced beer.
Our selection of tap, bottled and canned beer is as diverse as it is flavorful. While you may not have heard of some of these brews, we’re willing to bet they’ll keep you coming back for more!
Stop into La Buona Vita in La Grange, IL to find a new favorite today, and keep your eyes and ears open for our special beer-tasting events.
Nora, Egyptian Ale, Baladin, 6.8/% APV, IBU 12, 11.2 oz – $11
This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel … very complex.
Super, Amber Ale, Baladin, 8.0% APV, IBU 34, 11.2 oz – $11
The nose is very nice malty, yeasty, lots of fruits (banana, green apple, cherry). The taste is very nice, malty, with a touch of yeast, and a complex touch of fruits. Medium bodied with a tart, bitter and sour note.
Isaac, Witbeir, Baladin, 5.0% APV, IBU 10, 11.2 oz – $11
The creamy head, apricot color and the scent of yeast and citrus, which blend into spicy harmonies of coriander and peeled oranges, call you from the glass. Refreshing to the palate, it has a light body and is very easy to drink.
My Blueberry Nightmare, Imperial Stout, 8.4% ABV, 11.2oz – $16
This stout is brewed with hot chili, then aged for 2 years in oak whisky barrels with blueberries. Quite acidic & tart along with very intense flavors and aromas.
Re Ale Extra, American Pale Ale, Birra del Borgo, 6.4% APV, IBU 75, 11.2 oz – $13
All the hops are added during the last 10 minutes of the boil, using 3 times more than regular ReAle. The result is an explosion of perfumes, in a range from citrusy to resiny (pine resin and incense). The mouth feel is dry, with immediate bitterness, then it finishes with a beautiful, persistent tangerine note.
Maxima, Belgian Golden Ale, Almond 22, 6.9% ABV – $12
Ale brewed with honey, characterized by its abundant creamy, velvety head and an intense golden color. The fresh, fruity and floral hops elegantly balance the flavors of malt and honey. Pairs well with medium-aged cheeses, with lamb, grilled pork and antipasti with asparagus.
Farotta, Belgian Pale Ale, Almond 22, 9% ABV – $12
Farotta contains a high percentage of organic spelt, giving it a silky texture and a distinctive flavor. Organic acacia honey from beekeepers in Abruzzo is added during the cooling process before the primary fermentation. A blend of European and American hops give this beer its, Aos unique flavor which balances harmoniously the pleasant citrus and sweet yellow fruit (peach and mango) aromas which are so typical of Farrotta.
Amber Lager, G.Menabrea e Figli Ambrata 150, 5.0% APV, 11.2 oz – $7
Yeasts bring a floral fruitiness and a mild bitterness to this outstanding Piemontese lager.
Moretti, 4.6% APV, 11.2 oz – $5
Bright and crisp pale lager nose with spicy and earthy noble hops and dry, crackery grains. Smells bright and fresh. A crisp light pale lager taste of peppery hops. Very light but with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.
La Rosa, Moretti, 7.2% APV, 11.2 oz – $5
Taste is sweet plums molasses dark cherries and brown bread. There is a herbal hop presence but in is mostly at the end. Finish is quite light and mostly sweet.
Pink, Italian IPA, Almond 22, 6.2% APV, 11.2 oz – $13
Apricot color with golden reflections. The nose has hints of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and peach. The herbal character on the palate and bitterness are well balanced with notes of sweet malt.
Verdi, Russian Imperial Stout, Birrificio del Ducato, 8.2% APV, 11.2 oz – $12
The nose has aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee grinds and tobacco with alcohol nuances. Its full bodied, long lasting, smooth and dry mouth is followed by a surprisingly hot finish which makes you crave more.
Anti Hero, IPA, Revolution, 6.5% ABV, 70 IBU, 16oz – $6
This iconic ale features a blend of four hop varieties which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas.
Unified Press, Cider, Citizen Cider, 5.2% ABV, 12oz – $5
Made from 100% locally sourced apples, never from concentrate, the Unified Press is Citizen Cider’s flagship cider that keeps you wondering where it’s been your whole life. This naturally gluten-free cider is an off-dry, crisp, clean and refreshing cider that keeps you coming back.
Blue Moon White, IPA, 5.9% ABV, 45 IBU, 14oz – $5
Aroma of indistinct citrus with a bit of yeast. Flavor is a pronounced orange that has some spice.
Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 5 IPA, 5.9% ABV, 16oz – $6
A mix of five different hop varieties Revolution No. 5 includes four hops from the United States and One from Germany, led by an emerging American cultivar that will have hop heads rejoicing. This beer has an assertive tropical fruit character.
Stella Artois, 4.8% ABV, 16oz – $5
Crisp, subtle bready malts with a bit of fruity hops on the nose which tastes of crisp malt and a bit of Apple.
Menabrea Birra Bionda, Blonde Lager, 4.8% APV, 16 oz – $7
Pale yellow in color, moderately light-bodied, well-balanced with floral and fruit scents and flavors.
Peroni, Pale Lager, 5.1% ABV, 16oz – $5
Light, crisp, refreshing example of a macro lager.
Red Sangria, House Made – $8
A special blend of wine and liquors and fortified with rum.
Angry Orchard (Cider) – $4
Budweiser, 5.0% APV – $4
Bud Light, 4.2% APV – $4
Coors Light, 4.2% APV – $4
Miller Lite, 4.2% APV – $4
Samuel Adams, 4.9% ABV – $4
Sharps (Non Alcoholic) – $4