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The Eataly Chicago beer selection balances the best of Italy and the American Midwest. Brewers Teo Musso of Birra Baladin and Lurisia, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Leonardo di Vincenzo of Birra del Borgo are our inspiration and our partners in La Birreria restaurant, as well.
Lurisia water flows from Mt Pigna, 1,460 meters above sea level in the province of Cuneo, Piemonte and is light and lowly mineralized. Baladin's brewmaster, Teo Musso, was inspired by the quality of the water and recognized that good water makes even better beer. Each of the Lurisia beers is assigned a number based on its alcohol percentage: 4, 6, 8 and 10, and each successive sip brings a new sensation.
Founded by Teo Musso in 1986, Baladin was the first Italian brewery to launch microbrews. Located in the small village of Piozzo, right outside of Torino, the brewery occupies a space directly across from the town hall. Teo is known for producing extremely unusual and interesting beers that demonstrate a sense of experimentation and creativity through the use of herbs, spices and rare grains.
Located in Bogorose, in the central region of Lazio, about an hour outside of Rome, Birra del Borgo has been instrumental in the progression of Italian craft beers. While studying biochemistry in college, founder Leonardo Di Vincenzo developed a passion for home brewing. Under the tutelage of master brewers in Germany, Belgium and England, he quickly developed his own beer making philosophy. His primary aim has been to “solve the riddle between using unusual ingredients and creating perfect food pairings.”
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats was founded in 1995 by Sam Calagione in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Not only was it Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Dogfish Head is known for pioneering the continuous hopping process, originally showcased in their best-selling 60-minute IPA. The name comes from a favorite summertime haunt (Dogfish Head, Maine) of born and bred New Englander Sam Calagione, who, after moving to Delaware with his wife to open a brewpub, decided to bring a little bit of home with him.
Peroni was founded in 1846 by Francesco Peroni in Vigevano, a small town near Genova in the region of Lombardia. His quality beer quickly became the drink of choice for the townspeople, and distribution soon spread to Rome. As Peroni grew in popularity, King Vittorio Emanuele II even enjoyed the brew. Today, Birra Peroni maintains their unique blend of ingredients like malted barley and Italian maize to ensure a crisp beer with superior taste.
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