Tuesday, July 21, 2015

North Coast Brewing Co. Tap Takeover

We have a secret talent that we’ve never told you about. We can guess what beer you wish you were drinking at any given moment. And right now you’re thinking, ‘I just wants some suds from the West Coast. Specifically, from California.”

We’re right, right? And because we possess this hidden talent, we’ve already got ‘em on tap for you. Starting tonight at 7pm, North Coast Brewing Company takes over half of our taps!

So come get some of that California gold, as we offer up five of their brew-est brews, spanning all your favorite styles:

Scrimshaw Pilsner
Red Seal Amber
La Merle Saison
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Dark Ale

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fan Fiction: Chicago All Stars Menu

 Swizzle Town

One of the coolest things about bartenders and cocktails is that we can ask the best ones from around town to concoct their favorite swizzle recipes, then we can make them all here at Scofflaw on one magical day. Basically, what we're saying is: it's Father's Day on June 21st and we want to celebrate in the classic dad fashion of "kick back, relax and let us do the hard work for you."

If you're a real dad, maybe that means someone else is going to mow the lawn while you spend time with us. But if you're a fake dad, or not a dad at all, that might mean that you're gonna park it right here at the bar and let us swizzle you up a good time just because it's a Sunday.

So, check out the menu below to fuel your cocktail daydreams and clear your schedule for an extended, boozy brunch next weekend!

Fan Fiction: Chicago All Stars Menu
Sunday, June 21st

Peter Vestinos (The Betty)
Ron Botran, Finest Roots Mastiha, Combier Apricot, Creole Bitters, orange, mint
Laura Kelton (Sportsman’s Club, FMK, Bordel)
Amontillado Sherry, apple brandy, apple pie spice, lemon, Angostura Bitters, grated nutmeg
Jess Keene (The Barrelhouse Flat, The Drifter)
El Dorado 5 Year Rum, Old Grand-dad Bonded Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, maple, cinnamon, lime, mint
Liz Pearce (The Drifter)
St. George Green Chile Vodka, Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Chareau, grapefruit, lime, grenadine
Brandon Phillips (Duck Inn)
Plantation Barbados Rum, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, Combier Framboise, coconut milk, tropical oleo saccharum, lime, salt
Cody Modeer (Ward Eight)
North Shore Absinthe, orgeat, lemon, soda
Cristiana DeLucca (Maple & Ash)
Cruzan Dark Rum, Blackstrap Rum, Grand Marnier, Velvet Falernum, orange bitters, lime
Wade McElroy (The Sportsman’s Club, Pub Royale)
Banks 5 Year Rum, Absinthe, pineapple, lime, honey, Angostura
Scofflaw Swizzle #12

Brian Schultz (Scofflaw)

Pitu Cachaca, Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, mango, black tea, lemon, Peychaud’s Bitters

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chicago Craft Beer Week: Perennial Artisan Ales Tap Takeover

Kris Nagy, our resident beer dude, just loves Chicago Craft Beer Week. And not just because he gets to repeat his mantra, “Live every week like it’s craft beer week.” It’s also because every beer aficionados’ spidey senses start tingling and Twitter blows up with all the amazing brews everyone’s sampling.

Hey, some people get this jazzed about the Westminster Dog Show. Everybody’s gotta have a hobby.

To celebrate, we’re turning over our half our taps to a killer brewery out of St. Louis: Perennial Artisan Ales! It’s the latest in a long history of awesome Tap Takeovers. Starting tonight at 5pm, you’ll find these awesome ales in the mix: Aria, Saison de Lis, Hommel Bier and Regalia. Looking for that really special something? We’re tapping the highly sought after Abraxas at — drumroll please — 9pm!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Very Special Birthday Menu!

We’re having a birthday tomorrow night, and classic us, we got ourselves some pretty cool gifts.

Like a bunch of cocktails from days gone by. Miss the Weathered Axe? Us, too! So we put it on Thursday’s menu. Along with the PiƱa Colada, Last Light, and Feat of Strength, as pictured so beautifully above!  

We’ve had some really fun times over the past years, and that didn’t happen all by ourselves, so we enlisted the help of our beloved alumni to round out this party menu. Four Scofflaw bartenders from yesteryear contributed four awesome special cocktails for the occasion:

Pete Gugni’s Hanky Panky Sour (Beefeater Gin, Carpano Antica, Lemon, Fernet, Soda); Griffin Elliot’s Mr. Fantastic (Silver Coin Tequila, Habanero Cordial, Lemon, Grapefruit, Salt, Mint); Uby Khawaja’s Deco Step (Fords Gin, Kina L'Avion D'Or, Fernet Branca); and Doug Phillips’s Sleeper (Broker’s Gin, Escorial, Honeydew, Lime, Orange Bitters).

We love beer, too, so we’re also tapping a super duper limited release of Coffee Dino S'mores from Off Color Brewing!

Don’t worry we won’t let you drink all those fabulous drinks without proper pairings. Also on the menu is a $3 menu! Featuring: Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Pickles, Steak Tacos, Fried Chicken & a Biscuit, Spam Musubi, Muffuletta Sliders and Shoofly Pie!

See — we told you we tend to go overboard for a party. The festivities begin at 5pm on Thursday, March 12th and last until we drink and eat everything (or 2am, when we are legally obligated to close)!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday, Us!

Our 3rd Birthday is right around the corner on Thursday, March 12th and in celebration of leaving our Terrible Two’s, we’re bringing back four cocktails from the past!

Head on over to Facebook and add your vote to make sure your favorite Scofflaw cocktail of yesteryear makes it into the top spot!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Find Your New Favorites

We’ve added a whole new gang of favorites to our menu! And because we care so much for you, each dish has been specifically engineered we mean through deliciousness  to take the sting out of Winter! 

Brown Ricotta & Bitter Green Tortelloni
Braised Short Rib
Cornmeal-Crusted Po' Boy
Bacon, Fig & Blue Cheese Turnovers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Very Beer-y Brunch

Hometown heroes, Spiteful Brewing, are stopping by for brunch this Saturday. And they’re too polite to arrive empty handed. We’re tapping their Absinthe Barrel-Aged Klutzy Buffoon Saison with Cherries. It’s the perfect brunch companion at 5.8%! Plus, the cherry aspect put this brew firmly in the fruit juice category of a balanced breakfast.

You’re an educated drinker, so your first question is: Yes, but in which absinthe barrel did they age this delightful concoction? Spiteful Brewing is interested in only the finest, so they sourced barrels from Letherbee Distillers, a supremely cool Chicago spirits company that’s always had a home behind our bar and in many of our cocktails.

We’re mixing up a special Letherbee cocktail, featuring two of their spirits in honor of this momentous partnership: Letherbee Gin, Cherry Heering, Carpano Bianco Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Letherbee Aged Absinthe.

With a brunch party like this, there’s no such thing as one and done. So, we’re whipping up an extra special brunch special to prolong your drinking experience: Chicken Bouillabaisse, with PEI Mussels, Littleneck Clams, Grilled Baguette, Housemade Rouille.

We start beer brunching at noon on Saturday, December 6th!