Without a doubt, Moody Tongue is one of the most unique Chicago breweries to open since the craft brewing craze hit the city. Lucky for us, Moody Tongue Brewery just unveiled their new tasting room. As expected, their tasting room is just as quirky and lovely as their beers, and brewery tours are also on tap.
The Pilsen brewery opened in 2014 under brewmaster Jared Rouben, but their highly anticipated tasting room is opening to the public next week. Rouben began his career as a chef working in the kitchens of high end restaurants like Martini House in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York. While attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Rouben founded the Brew Club; realizing he could use the principles he learned in the kitchen and apply them to brewing.
His journey into craft beer brewing led him to the Siebel Institute in Chicago, after which he eventually landed as Brewmaster at the Goose Island Brewpubs. During his time with Goose Island, he focused on experimental brewing and developed their Farmers' Market Series and their Chef Collaboration Series.
This experience ultimately culminated into his "Culinary Brewing" philosophy. Moody Tongue's beers are the perfect marriage of food and beer. They take high quality culinary ingredients and incorporate them into the brewing process, making their beers sing with flavor and complexity. Their beers pair perfectly with all kinds of foods, check out the Moody Tongue website for more information and suggested pairings.
Or better yet: go to their tasting room! At their tasting room you will find a huge white marble bar, comfortable booths, a warm fireplace and 12 beers on tap. Current standouts include:
- Sliced Nectarine IPA (like eternal summer in a glass)
- Smoked Applewood Gold (pair with BBQ meats and you will die and go to smoke heaven)
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Barleywine (aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, of course)
The tasting room food menu is just as interesting as the beers. Their menu is divided into Salty and Sweet categories so you can pair your beers accordingly. The Salty food item is oysters and the Sweet is German chocolate cake. And that's it — oysters and cake only. Because really, what else do you need? I know I could happily survive on oysters, beer and cake alone.
The Essentials: Moody Tongue
The Glass Factory, Building 3
2136 S. Peoria St. Chicago, IL 60608
Tasting room open Thursdays through Mondays; tour schedule varies
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