Pete Crowley

Culinary Focused Brewing with Moody Tongue

Culinary Focused Brewing with Moody Tongue

PILSEN, CHICAGO

As hand-crafted beer continues to diversify and mature, we're starting to see more breweries cater to a different type of drinker. Great beer and food have always been quite the pair, something that people everywhere are starting to remember. You won't find a bigger proponent of this idea than former chef, and Founder of Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Jared Rouben. Cutting his teeth in the kitchens of New York and Napa Valley, and the brew houses at Rock Bottom and Goose Island Clybourn, Jared brings a unique perspective to Chicago beer. We sat down with Jared in their rapidly expanding Pilsen brewery to find out what drives their approach to some of the most unique beers seen in Chicago yet.

Justin Maynard of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

Justin Maynard of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

AVONDALE, CHICAGO

We're all fans of beer here, especially local, Illinois brewed craft beer. We drink it at beer bars and breweries around town, pick up the newest releases at our neighborhood bottle shop, and attend the seemingly endless stream of festivals throughout the year. Breweries make beer, distributors get it to us, and we drink it. It's as simple as that right?

Talking Beer with Pat Berger

Talking Beer with Pat Berger

CHICAGO, IL

On the list of Chicago craft beer bars where you might find The Hop Review perched at the bar, Lakeview's Paddy Long's and the West Loop's Kaiser Tiger are damn near the top. Both establishments offer a completely different atmosphere with the former being your classic neighborhood Irish joint; the latter oozing a sophisticated beer garden feel. Both places have something in common – a whole lotta bacon and a fantastic beer list chock full of quality, often hard to come by brews. They also happen to be co-owned and lovingly curated by Pat Berger: respected beer judge, bar owner, blogger, and Chicagoan through and through.