SideDoor & Moody Tongue: Not Your Typical Beer Dinner

SideDoor is not your typical gastropub. It’s part of Lawry’s Prime Rib, which means its sandwiches and meats are a step or two above bar grub. It’s located in the historic McCormick Mansion, which means its ambience is warm and luxurious. And you enter in a side door, which hearkens back to Chicago’s speakeasy days and is just plain cool.

Moody Tongue is not your typical brewery. Their brewmaster, Jared Rouben, was a chef at Michelin starred-Martini House in Napa, so their beers are made with everything from the standard chocolate and coffee to the groundbreaking ingredients like peas and truffles.

This April 1 the two are joining forces for a Culinary Brewed Dinner. The first of SideDoor’s Guest Chef dinner series, this event will feature the cuisine of Executive Chef Brian Kwak paired with the beers of Brewmaster Rouben.

Feast your eyes on the menu below, and then make reservations for this unique dining and drinking experience.

First Course

Bay Scallops with avocado mousse and preserved Meyer lemon

Beer: Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison

Second Course

Lobster Roll with herbs

Beer: Sliced Nectarine IPA

Third Course

Pork Porchetta with charred rapini

Beer: Brandied Purple Raspberry Dubbel

Fourth Course

Cocoa Crusted Prime Rib with creamed spinach and bordelaise

Beer: Dehydrated Tangerine Cacao Wheat

Cheese Course

Midnight Moon

Beer: Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison


Baltic Porter Tiramisu

Beer: Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter

Tickets are priced at $75 per diner, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 312.787.6768 or by emailing Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk at SideDoor is located at 100 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL.






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