Spiaggia’s craft beer program
Spiaggia taps into Italy’s burgeoning beer scene.
Published: February 16, 2011
Artisanal beers are nothing new in the States, but in Italy it’s a different story. According toexecutive chef Sarah Grueneberg, “Italy is having a major craft beer revolution”—and Café Spiaggia is following suit. For the first time in its 26 years of existence, the restaurant now offers two beers on tap: Tipopils, a dry pilsner-style beer from Lombardia, and Re Ale Extra, an amber pilsner malt from Lazio. In addition to the tap offerings (which will rotate seasonally), an extensive selection of small-batch, artisanal beers in bottles has been culled for both the café and neighboring . Among those are Grueneberg’s favorite, the Draco Strong Ale, which is made with fresh blueberries. “These aren’t your dad’s Peroni,” she says. (980 N Michigan Ave, 312-280-2750) hosts a five-course beef-and-beer dinner featuring Heartland Meats Thu 17, 6:30pm, $85.