Brooklyn Brewery has already done a nice job of infiltrating the Chicago market, but the venerable brewery is taking the invasion one step further Oct. 1, stopping through town Oct. 1 – 6 as part of its “Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer.” Sounds like The New Yorker Festival for drinkers.
The Brooklyn Brewery Mash is a benefit for Slow Food USA, and will hit 11 cities through the rest of the year, rolling out a series of parties, comedy, concerts and pop-up supperclubs, all featuring beer. Watch the trailer here. Helping color in The Mash, NBNY, the organizers of Brooklyn’s Bring to Light festival, will create their immersive installations of light and projection art throughout the tour.
CHICAGO EVENTS: OCTOBER 1 – 6
Tue., Oct. 1 – Fri. Oct. 4
5-7 p.m. – Headquarters Beercade; 950 W. Wolfram St. Free
Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and general info available on The Mash.
Local 2 Ways
Wed., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Small Bar; 2956 N. Albany – $50
Multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted two ways by Chef Justin White of Small Bar and Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.
Eat, Drink & Learn with the Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson
Thurs., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.; Whole Foods Kingsbury; 1550 N. Kingsbury St. – Free
House Chef Andrew Gerson runs a demo and class in flavor. Food and beer pairings will be served along with locally-sourced food.
Thurs., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. – Free
The location is secret. The guests are strangers. The menu is unknown. Chaos Cooking is an unexpected dining experience that asks you bring a recipe, some ingredients and a willingness to put yourself out there, meet new people and try something out. For location details, go to ChaosCooking.com.
NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Thurs., Oct. 3, 10 p.m.; Empty Bottle; 1035 N Western Ave. – $8
Compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and $100 cash prize after getting warmed up with the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin. Must be 21 years of age to win.
Slow Supper, An 1893 Inspired Feast
Fri., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Germania Place; 108 W Germania Place – $100
Held in one of Chicago’s most famous and historical landmarks, guests will feast on a historic meal hosted by Paul Durica of Chicago By Day & Night, and prepared in collaboration between Brooklyn House Chef Andrew Gerson and Chef Nicole Pederson of Found. Projection installations from Brooklyn’s NBNY. All proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago.
1st Annual Chicago Vendy Awards
Sat, Oct 5, 1-5pm; Kendall College; 900 N Branch St., Chicago, IL – $45+
After eight years in New York and events in LA and Philadelphia, the Vendy Awards – an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in the city – is coming to Chicago to determine the best street food vendor in town while raising money for the Slow Food Chicago & Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes (AVA).
Sat., Oct 5, 9:30 p.m.; Music Box Theater; 3733 N. Southport Ave. – $12
The acclaimed showcase of odd and hilarious found videos will debut a special show, the Best of the Midwest, at the Music Box
Books & Beer: Chicago’s Past & Present Beer Culture
Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.; Archie’s, 2600 W Iowa St. – $10
Togather and Brooklyn Brewery present a conversation and Q&A going behind the scenes of Chicago’s growing craft beer scene featuring local historian Bill Savage, author of Chicago By Day & Night, and Mike Kiser of GoodBeerHunting.com. Your ticket includes a complimentary Brooklyn beer and a percentage of ticket sales will benefit Slow Food Chicago.