Thursday Night Things You Should Do

Two fun events, and I’m debating if I can figure out how to do both.

Sauced Takes Thalia Hall! (6 – 11 pm)
Chicago’s raddest night market returns, this time taking over Thalia Hall with 30+ vendors of food, beer, and local goods.
I can’t speak much about all the amazing local goods, but there’s a list here at the Facebook event page.
What I can do is highly recommend innovative young breweries Marz Community Brewing and Moody Tongue Brewing. Both are on the forefront of Chicago’s craft scene, using culinary techniques or modern brewing twists on classic styles.

Towers of Sours at Fountainhead (7 – 11 pm)

Get all the Destihl sour beers you can possibly experience in one evening, on the Rooftop at Fountainhead. 12 taps, 12 Destihl beers, including a “surprise” offering of their sour base (if you weren’t already surprised by all the St. Dekkera offerings, this is the beer that underlies all of them). See the list below!

Wild Sour Series Here Gose Nothin': Leipzig-style Gose.
Wild Sour Series Counter Clockweiss:
Wild Sour Series Lynnbrook: Raspberry Berlinerweiss-
St. Dekkera Poire: Lambic-style sour pear ale.
St. Dekkera Flanders Red: Flanders-style sour red ale.
St. Dekkera Kers Blanc: Lambic-style sour ale aged over cherries in French oak red wine barrels.
St. Dekkera Pomme: Lambic-style sour apple ale.
St. Dekkera Excommunie Trois Pomme: Sour Trappist-style Tripel with apples.
St. Dekkera Lambic: South Belgian style lambic (the mother beer all their fruit sours)
St. Dekkera L’Emissaire: Sour pale ale.
St. Dekkera Fraise: Lambic-style sour ale with strawberries.

Recent Favorite Breweries and Cideries (a running list)

Snapshot of what I’ve been drinking when not drinking for work.

1. Penrose Brewing

Why? Deminimus Blanc and Deminimus Mandarina, two session sours with 21st century hop varieties.  Perfect beers for summer, these should be on every freaking patio within 100 miles of Chicago.

2. Only Child Brewing

Why? Their Playtime’s Over American IPA would have been on my local IPAs list but for it disappearing from stores by the time I was able to get around to writing about it (so I just have to go find MORE IPAs, boohoo for me). Love the names and the beers I’ve had so far.

3. Pipeworks Brewing

Why? Grapefruit saison, the Homaru Cantu homage, and their cans released into the wild.

4. North Coast Brewing

Because they’re still going strong. They’ve been in my fridge and cellar for over 10 years. Scrimshaw on a hot summer day. IMG_20150713_195954

5. Seattle Cider

Why? Seattle Dry. I keep crushing this cider wherever I see it. The Basil Mint and the Citrus are delicious summer ciders as well, and I dug the Gin Botanical as well.

Honorable Mentions

Destihl Brewing – sessionable sours maaaaaan…

Aquanaut Brewing – Misterioso Porter. Yum. These guys are basically neighbors too, I need to visit.

Maplewood Brewing & Distilling – Charlatan is rad. I need some of that Creepy Ginger soon. I hear there’s some specialty releases coming up too…

Anchorage Brewing – Mosaic Saison. First beer I’ve had from them. Mosaic hops, fermented with two saison strains and two brettanomyces strains. So tasty.

Chicago Craft Gin Week June 21-28

Chicago’s upstart gin-centric week is now upon us. There’s even shirts this year. Festivities kicked off last night across the city, with gin cocktails at Sportsman’s Club and Rock Island Public House. Check back here for more events; see below for a vague schedule of gin celebrations.

GinBock Release, June 22nd
Read about this Bock beer from Atlas, distilled by CH Distilling into a citrus-forward botanical gin over at Chicagoist. Gin & Tonics available all week at CH Distilling starting tonight, plus a $30 dollar, 3 course menu incorporating gin or gin botanicals into each dish, also available all week.

Fountainhead Gin Cocktails, 6/24
Featuring gin cocktails from locals FEW Spirits, New Holland, and North Shore Distillery for the evening

Whole Foods Kingsbury/Lincoln Park, 6/24
Gin sampling – more details soon!

Northdown Taproom, 6/25
Off Color Fierce Firkin + New Holland Gins.
Drink whatever combination of the above you’d like – all in the same glass, each in their separate, just don’t give Kate and Laffler a hard time when you don’t remember anything the next day.

GinBock @ Atlas Brewing, June 26th
Junebock Helles Bock Tapping and GinBock release, 5pm.
More Third Anniversary celebrations on the 27th as well!

Logan Square Gin Crawl – Chicago Distilling/Whistler

More details soon.

Scofflaw Gets Swizzled. Fan Fiction: Chicago All Stars Menu, Sunday ALL DAY.

Take some of your favorite bartenders and some of their swizzle recipes. Then take some of your favorite Chicago foods. Put it all in a bar that loves swizzling, Scofflaw, and then well, swizzle that into a hell of a way to do a Sunday right.

That Damn Tiki…So Hot Right Now
Brandon Phillips, The Duck Inn

Plantation Barbados Rum, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, Combier Framboise, coconut milk, tropical oleo saccharum, lime, salt) from Brandon Phillips of Duck Inn Chicago!11415617_925895954118233_2514645932481978549_o


A Little Spice Is Always Nice
Liz Pearce, The Drifter

Liz Pearce of The Drifter Chicago: The Drifter (St. George Green Chile Vodka, Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Chareau, grapefruit, lime, grenadine)


She’s Your Daughter
Jess Keene, The Drifter, Barrelhouse Flat

El Dorado 5 Year Rum, Old Grand-dad Bonded Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, maple, cinnamon, lime, mint).


The American Dream
Laura Kelton, Sportsman’s Club, Bordel, Fulton Market Kitchen

Amontillado Sherry, apple brandy, apple pie spice, lemon, Angostura Bitters, grated nutmeg


Boozy Beggar Picture of the Day – Glenfarclas Ferd in the Spey cask at new Fountainhead Market!

Fountainhead Market, the storefront next door sibling to Fountainhead, is now open! If you ordered a bottle of Glenfarclas ‘Ferd in the Spey’, Fountainhead/Bar on Buena edition, at last month’s Glenfarclas night, your bottle is available. There’s also another dozen or so available for a limited time. Delicious sherry-barrel aged cask. The store is chock full of great scotch, other spirits, beers and ciders from the brands Fountainhead loves, and food products by Chef Cleetus

via Instagram

The Boozy Beggar Guide to Chicago Craft Beer Week, pt. 3 (May 19 – 21)

Let’s just get right to it. Chicago Craft Beer Week just keeps on rolling.

TUESDAY, May 19th

Pipeworks/BroVo Amaro-Inspired Beer “18” Collaboration

Brovo Spirits makes amaros, vermouths, and liqueurs (as if you hadn’t already read that from me before). But they don’t just spit out products that sell, they develop their products (which I openly admit, I represent in Chicagoland) with some of their favorite bartenders, to produce cocktail quality, unique, handcrafted products, made from real ingredients.  I don’t need to sing the praises of hometown heroes Pipeworks Brewing, because if you haven’t had any of their tremendously delicious and inventive beers, you live under a rock or inside a CTA bunker. The Pipeworks crew apparently got their hands on some of BroVo’s amaros, and fell in love. They’ve had more of the amaros than anyone I know actually, aside from myself and the distillery’s boss lady, Mhairi Voelsgen. Pipeworks Brewing Company and Brovo Spirits collaborated to create, “18,”  a barrel aged beer inspired by amaro #16, BroVo’s collaboration authored by Lone Wolf’s Stephen Patrick Cole. “18” got aged in barrels that previously held #16.

“18” will be presented as a shot and a beer with the amaro that was the original inspiration. There will also be two other Pipework’s collaboration beers on draft. Brown & Stirred, Manhattan Inspired Rye Ale collaboration with Longman & Eagle and The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno, Passionfruit and Rotary Evaporated Fresno Chile Pale Ale collaboration with The Aviary (Micah Melton of the Aviary collaborates with BroVo on the Boomerang liqueur).


The Duck Inn Beer Dinner w/ Forbidden Root (Backyard Pig Roast)

Pig Roast and forage-derived menu items paired with five beers from Chicago’s botanical brewery, Forbidden Root. Dishes and beers highlight both the missions of Duck Inn and Forbidden Root.

Enjoy Sublime Ginger, Forbidden Root, Shady Character, WPA Wild Pale Ale and Divine Mud Imperial Chocolate Stout.

5 courses, $60 dollars. Call The Duck Inn for reservations. 312-724-8811


3rd Annual Begyle Beer Dinner at Fountainhead

One of my favorite neighborhood breweries (with a new tap room!) teams up my local scotch and beer and cider watering hole (which just happens to have a chef who knows a thing or two about chef-ing).

5 courses. 5 beers paired.

Begyle Blonde Ale – 5.4% American Blonde Ale
Hophazzardly IPA- 7.1% American IPA
Tough Guy Brown – 5.6% American Brown Ale
Comb the Desert – 6% Schwarzbier brewed in Collaboration with Cleetus Friedman
Imperial Pajamas – 9.8% Imperial Coffee Stout featuring Wildfire Espresso.

$66.66, tickets here!

Meat Local Option at Kuma’s Too


Indulge yourself with burgers and beers alongside head brewer Tony Russomano and Alexi Front from Local Option!

Playlist for the night custom by Tony and Alexi!

Mourning Wood Oak Aged Coffee Amber Ale
die Königin Oak Aged Kellerbier
Walk ov Shame Saison

Sour Beer Cookout at Publican Quality Meats

Beers From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Penrose Brewing
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Allagash Brewing
Off Color Brewing

Grilled Birds, sides, and more.

Cost is $65 per person, inclusive of tax and service

Please contact Ashley Miller at 312.496.0012 or to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY, May 21st

Begyle Brewing Dinner at Bread & Wine

Tripel Stamp paired w/Spicy Banana Jam, Fried Plantain Lily, Pickled Serrano, Juniper

Hophazardly IPA paired w/Roasted Maitake, Blueberry, Meyer Lemon, Oregano

Tough Guy Brown Ale paired w/Smoked Cod, Tarragon Marshmallow, Roosted Fennel Butter

Oh Hey! Porter paired with Pork Sausage Steam Bun, Chicory Cured Pork

Reservations – 773/866-5266

3rd Annual Women of Craft Beer Celebration at Riverview Tavern

This is the 3rd annual Women of Craft Beer Celebration at Riverview Tavern, and the last two were the inspiration behind my blog posts earlier this year celebrating the ladies I know in the industry. There will be special tappings of local beer throughout the night including exclusive all-female-brewed collaboration beers with the brewers themselves on hand.

Donations from pint sales and raffle tickets will benefit the Chicago Chapter of “Dress For Success”, a charity that promotes economic independence by providing professional clothing and resources to disadvantaged women.

Event curation by my pal Hail To The Ale

Rhine Hall Peach Brandy launch at mfk! Tonight!

Sweet baby octopus, I almost forgot to post this!

The brandy/eau de vie gurus over at Rhine Hall are teaming up with the mfk kitchen (Scott, you’re just going to pontificate and eat/drink like a King…) for a Spanish-style seafood meets Chicago-made brandy night.

Tickets might still be available, depending on time you’re aiming for tonight. Buy them here!

4 courses paired with two of Roger Landes’ peach brandy focused cocktails, $55.

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