Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fan Fiction: Fern Bar Edition

Our own Doug Phillips was born too late. He’s a man obsessed with the 70s, and so it wasn’t much of a surprise when he proposed a Fern Bar edition to continue our Fan Fiction series. And we’re into it, because calcium deficiencies are a silent killer and many of the Fern Bar era cocktails are basically tall glasses of milk.

Fern Bars are an important stop on American Bar History timeline. In 1970 Norman Hobday opened Henry Africa’s in San Francisco, it was a distinct departure from the dark taverns that people typically frequented. The lighting was brighter, think Tiffany lamps and Grandma’s parlor decor, along with a fair amount of the ferns that eventually gave this style of establishment their name. It was a space women could go alone or in groups, making Fern Bars significant in the story of the sexual revolution, too.

Because he’s passionate about his work, Doug went deep into the study of 1970s cocktails and emerged with a strong menu that spans the gamut of styles and spirits. It’s sure to delight your palette and give you greater insight into the evolutionary path of the modern cocktail. And get ya drunk.

Fan Fiction: Fern Bar edition
Sunday, September 21st

Friday, September 5, 2014

Allagash Tap Takeover!

Every few months we get a powerful thirst for a particular brewery or style of beer. And that’s when we turn over five of our rotating taps to a higher power. In this particular case, we put ourselves in the very capable hands of Allagash Brewing Company out of Portland, Maine. This New England brewery practically reinvented the wit beer with the release of Allagash White.

We couldn’t be more excited to host five of their finest creations over the next few months. in fact, we’re so excited that we’re throwing a party to celebrate on Tuesday, September 9th! Join us from 5pm-2am as we break the seal on our newest brews:

White, Belgian Style Wheat, ABV: 5.0%
Black, Belgian Style Stout, ABV: 7.5%
Saison, Belgian Style Farmhouse, ABV: 6.1%
Curieux, Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale, ABV: 11%
Neddles, Rum Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale, ABV: 10.5%

But wait, there’s more! Chef Mickey is going full out with a special, one night only menu of New England favorites: Clam Chowder, Old 1871’s (That’s oysters, guys!), and an honest-to-goodness Lobster Roll!

Grab your very best imbibing partners to chow down and drink up!

Allagash Tap Takeover
Tuesday, September 9


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fan Fiction: New Orleans Edition / Tales of the Cocktail Send Off Party!

Our latest edition of Fan Fiction is what we might call a two-fer: we’re going to make you a slew of delicious New Orleans-inspired cocktails and simultaneously have a really cool send off for our bar brethren traveling to The Big Easy for Tales of the Cocktail.

For those familiar with Tales save yourself some syllables with that common abbreviation you can go ahead and skip to the bottom for the pertinent event details. For everyone else, we’re about to let you in on a little secret: NOLA is most fun when the universe's best bartenders converge for five days of cocktail-centric discussion and celebration. And the Spirited Awards, held under the Tales umbrella, is truly the Oscars of bartending, and it’s an honor just to be nominated! And Chicago has a couple horses in this race:

  • Best American Hotel Bar: Sable Kitchen & Bar
  • Best New American Cocktail Bar: Three Dots and a Dash
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Aviary

And while we wish all of Chicago could make the trip, we know that’s not going to happen. Instead, we’re offering up the chance to raise a glass in good spirits as we celebrate our friends who are making their way South.

If the hullabaloo of Tales of the Cocktail aren’t enough to pique your interest, how about a menu full of cocktails that celebrate the rich and boozy history of New Orleans?

Fan Fiction: New Orleans Edition / Tales of the Cocktail Send Off Party!
Sunday, July 13th
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th: How Do You Like Them Apples?

You might have noticed we’re really into ciders. And why shouldn’t we be? They’re crisp and delicious and perfect for summer drinking. Next Wednesday, June 18, we’re hosting a really awesome cider event, featuring five amazing ciders on tap ($6):

Ace Perry Cider
Anthem Dry Hopped Cider
Vandermill Hard Apple Cider
Aspall Dry English Cider
Uncle John's American 150 Dry Still Cider

We’ll have reps from the different cideries and distributors on hand to provide all the juicy details! Feeling like taking your apple-a-day habit to the next level? We’re offering $3 Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy shots all night, too!

And as if you need another reason to join us, one of our favorite Chef Mickey Neely creations, the Schnitzel Sandwich (pork loin, egg, pickled apple slaw, bacon jam, lettuce, pretzel roll; $8) is back for one night only!

How Do You Like Them Apples?
Wednesday, June 18th

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2014

There’s been a lot happening around here, but that doesn’t mean we’re not stoked to get in on some Chicago Craft Beer Week action! So, we’re tapping a keg of Founder’s Brewing Co’s elusive KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) on Saturday, May 17th!

We’re not saying you have to drink it at breakfast, but you should absolutely drink it while you brunch on Chef Mickey’s awesome menu.  Our beer dude, Kris Nagy, will be pouring some tates of other Founder’s hard to get brews, like Bolt Cutter, Doom and Sweet Repute.

Is it too soon to say we want to see you again next week for brunch? Well we do — and we think honesty is important in this relationship — so how do you like them apples? On Saturday, May 24th, we’ll be featuring all kinds of crazy (and some classic) ciders. There are some radical evolutions happening in the cider world, and we want to share the bounty with you. Featuring super cool cider makers like: Vandermill, Aspall, Anthem and Uncle John’s!

All the CCBW fun starts at noon each Saturday. And let’s be honest, when we open at noon on weekends,  the fun really lasts all night, so we’re not gonna put an end time on our dates.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring Cocktail Menu

This week’s forecast has two consecutive 70 degree days in the forecast — you'd almost believe it was May so we thought we’d let you get up close and personal with our newest cocktail menu.

And, yes, to answer your next question, each Spring sipper is patio approved.

Clockwise from left: Danson Plane, Glass Jaw, Justified Means, Soft Landing, Temple Destroyer, The Villager, Swizzle Seven, Sartorialist.

Friday, March 7, 2014

We're Turning 2!

We've got a pretty momentous birthday coming up; we're turning 2 years old next week! That's 14 in dog years!  To honor our entrance into the terrible twos, we're throwing a cool party on Wednesday, March 12! 

The theme is — and we think we were really creative on this front 2! Get stoked for:  

  • $2 Oysters
  • $2 Bubbly
  • $2 PBR
  • $2 Veggie Corn Dogs
  • $2 Root Beer Floats
  • $2 Malort
  • $8 Brisket Sandwich*

The rotating taps will switch over to Lagunitas - the very same brewery featured on our opening menu! 

Come for the party and walk out with some cool merch! We'll hand out various beer/spirit merchandise and a Scofflaw beanie or two! 

*Because 2 times 4 is 8, duh.