While the pandemic has been brutal for restaurants, it’s been even harder for bars. At least with restaurants, you can order take out; but most bars are unable to bottle their handcrafted cocktails, especially if they call for fresh juice. But a new company in Skokie is helping them create, bottle and ship those cocktails all … Continued
A Chicago brewery’s recent move from Pilsen to the South Loop has not only beer fans excited, but also serious food lovers. That’s because Moody Tongue Brewing took over a massive space near McCormick Place, offering both a bar menu and a more formal dining room, and in both cases, they’ve released a slew of new … Continued
A wave of new breweries has swept across Chicago in recent years, but a new brewery in West Town actually has four different owners. It’s a pour-your-own style of brewpub, where guests decide exactly how much or how little they’d like to try. Plus, there’s barbecue that’s a lot better than you’d expect. District Brew Yards … Continued
Chef Rick Bayless has been a part of Chicago’s food scene for over 30 years, but his latest project — a subterranean bar beneath his Frontera Grill — is a collaboration with his daughter, who is a cocktail impresario. BAR SOTANO Alley behind 443 N. Clark St., Chicago 312-391-5857
The annual South Side Irish Parade steps off Sunday, but if you want something other than Guinness to go with your fish and chips, Beverly’s Open Outcry Brewing Company is worth a try. The company’s Head Brewer got his start with home brewing and self-education. Now he gets to experiment every day.
If you’ve ever been to a great cocktail bar, you may have noticed how perfectly geometrical the ice cubes are. They just barely fit into the glass. In Chicago, there is a good chance the bar outsourced the job to someone else. Bars are turning to ice experts to get the job done. On this week’s … Continued
When you order a cocktail in a bar, you probably don’t give much thought to the ice inside of it. But a new business on the South Side, called Just Ice, does. They are creating “craft ice,” which now sits in the freezers of more than 150 bars and restaurants in the region, including Prairie School, … Continued
In France, you might start off a meal with some bubbly from Champagne or an aperitif like Lillet. In America, it seems like everyone is happy to make you a hand-crafted cocktail before you peruse the menu. But in Spain, vermouth is the spirit of choice to lead off an afternoon of day drinking; in … Continued
Chicago has several breweries, some focusing on lagers, bitters and hoppy IPAs, but Moody Tongue in Pilsen is taking a different approach, concentrating more on lower alcohol beers that pair best with food. The brewery has a hidden gem: a well-appointed, mid-century modern tasting room, tucked away behind a drab, industrial façade.
Coming up on this week’s show, we’ve got a few great drinking options for July 4th weekend (or any summertime cookout for that matter), as we welcome a few special guests to help us sort through a few scenarios: low alcohol cocktails and juicy red wines that pair well with beef. First, one of Chicago’s top tiki … Continued
A charming mom-and-pop neighborhood restaurant has a catchy name for those who filed their taxes this week. While most restaurants begin by planning a menu, then tasting wines to complement the chef’s food, at Income Tax they approach things a bit differently.