Italian beers next on the craft beer scene

on 03/04/12 at 3:09 pm

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Photo: Boyle + Gardner for The Wall Street Journal, Food Styling by Brett Kurzweil

For a glimpse of where craft beer in American restaurants may be headed, scan the beer list of Alla Spina, the new Philadelphia dining spot that showcases distinctive, hard-to-find Italian craft beers and rustic Italian-style bar food.

The month-old gastropub is surprising patrons with Italian brews that show complex nuances of myrrh, juniper berries, citrus, ginger and absinthe. The fourth restaurant in Philadelphia for chef-owner Marc Vetri and his partners, Alla Spina means “from the tap” in Italian.

The unusual styles, ingredients and flavor profiles of Italian craft beers have been making a stir in the beer world for a few years now but are still relatively new to the United States, even in a market full of beer aficionados like Philly, beverage director Steve Wildy said.

“Even for the diehard beer geeks, the Italian stuff is really uncharted territory,” Wildy said.

 

 

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