Craft Beer

Experience the unexpected with our craft beers

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.


Italian Birra & Craft Bottles

Baladin, Nora, 6.8/% APV, 11.2 oz – $13
This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel … very complex.

Baladin, Super Baladin, 8.0% APV, 11.2 oz – $13
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.

Birra del Borgo, Etrusca, 9.3% APV, 11.2 oz – $16
Birra del Borgo, Baladin and Dogfish Head have embarked on the recreation of a beer that dates back to 2500 years ago, using different fermentation techniques and ingredients based on the recoveries found in different Italian archeological sites.  The fragrance is of honey and red fruits with original mineral taste. 

Birra del Borgo, Maledtta, Saison IPA, 6.2% APV, 11.2 oz – $13
Amber in color and a deeply intense citrus and flowery nose. At first you will taste honey, then in the  mid-palate you will detect toffee evolving in citrus and finally merging in a delicious bitter and spiced flavor.

Lurisia Sei, Saison/Belgium Farmhouse, 5.5% APV – $9
Flavors of peach, grape, melon, and white flowers; relatively sweet on the palate, medium bodied with good persistence. Excellent as an aperitif, or paired with light dishes and appetizers, outstanding with seafood.

Lurisia Otto, Belgium Strong Ale, 7.5% – $9
Otto is deep amber in color, with persistent foam, offering caramel, fruit, spice, and hops on the nose and palate. The light body makes this an eminently drinkable beverage. Perfect with meats and cheeses

Menabrea Birra Bionda, Blonde Lager, 4.8% APV, 11.2 oz – $7
Pale yellow in color, moderately light-bodied, well-balanced with floral and fruit scents and flavors. 3-time Gold Medal World Beer Championships: “Best Pale Lager in the World”

G.Menabrea e Figli Ambrata 150, Amber Lager, 5.0% APV, 11.2 oz – $7
Yeasts bring a floral fruitiness and a mild bitterness to this outstanding Piemontese lager.
2-time Gold Medalist World Beer Championships
3-time Silver Medalist World Beer Championships

Moretti,  4.6% APV – $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. 

Moretti, La Rosa, 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.


Beers on Tap

Anti Hero, Revolution IPA,  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.

Fist City, Revolution Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU, 16oz – $6
A blend of Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Cascade and Crystal hops give the beer its flavor and aroma. This beer is meant to be a supremely drinkable brew for those who love hops. Magnificent California hop aromas play in perfect harmony with this brew’s extremely satisfying finish.

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 No. 4 IPA, Revolution 5.9% ABV, 16oz – $6
Four South African hops take the lead in Revolution 004. Two are experimental hops with pronounced tropical fruit qualities, along with distinct white grape and floral notes. The third hop presents a lively passion fruit character, while the fourth is more classically noble in profile.

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.

Bourbon Barrel Stout, Goodwood, 8% ABV, 12oz – $7
This silky American stout has notes of oak, dark roasted malts and, of course, bourbon. Roasted barley produces chocolate and coffee flavors with a lasting vanilla finish.

Peroni, 5.1% ABV, 16oz – $5
Light, crisp, refreshing example of a macro lager.

Brandy Barrel Honey Ale, Goodwood, 8.7% ABV, 12oz – $7
Goodwood Brandy Barrel Honey Ale is brewed with locally sourced honey and aged several times longer than our other barreled beers. But you don’t have to wait another second. Go ahead. Skip the part about “notes of malt, mead and dried fruit,” and get to sippin’!


Beers by the Bottle

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