The Union Beer Project (Heritage Bikes + 5 Rabbit Cervecería) at Sportsman’s Club, August 13th

Sportsman’s Club is hosting the release of the Union Beer Project’s first beer, a Vienna Lager, paired up with food by Antique Taco’s Ric Ortiz, debuting his BBQ project, Quick Service Bridgeport (menu at the bottom of the post). Bit about the Union Beer Project below:

HERITAGE BIKES + COFFEE AND 5 RABBIT CERVECERÍA FORM AN UNEXPECTED DUO—BUT THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT. AS TWO CHICAGO BUSINESSES KNOWN FOR THEIR HIGH-QUALITY, HANDS-ON PRODUCTION, THEY DECIDED TO JOIN FORCES OUT OF A SHARED PASSION FOR CREATIVITY AND HARD WORK.

THE UNION PROJECT’S GOAL IS SIMPLE: PRODUCE UNUSUAL ITEMS TOGETHER, STARTING WITH THE VIENNA LAGER, A TYPE OF BEER CREATED IN AUSTRIA BUT PERFECTED IN MEXICO. IT’S NO COINCIDENCE THAT THE WORD UNION MEANS THE SAME IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH (UNÍON). TAKE TWO WORLDS, LIKE BIKE MANUFACTURING AND BREWING, ARTISTRY AND ELBOW GREASE, OR OLD WORLD TECHNIQUES AND LATIN AMERICAN STYLING, AND YOU’LL GET SOMETHING MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS.

Collaborations in the beer world aren’t new, but collaborations with non-beer/booze groups and businesses is a different thing. It speaks to community and togetherness, and to how food and beverage is enmeshed into the ritual of our lives. I love supporting that kind of thing, and Heritage is a great pit-stop for me, while 5 Rabbit continues to impress with their fun beers. Great way to support two new-ish Chicago institutions on a Thursday night, at another community-focused, new-ish Chicago institution, Sportsman’s Club.

Menu for Thursday:
Smoked Carnitas w/Tamarind BBQ sauce
Charred Carrots with Hibiscus Glaze

Creamed Elote with cotija cheese and hot sauce
Smashed Potatoes with Chile, Lime, Salt
Horchata Milkshake, rice milk, banana, vanilla (probably could get rum added by Sportsman’s)

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