New Beers, Wines, and a Rare Treat

We finally got our beer list reconfigured for the hot weather (a bit late, we know) and it’s packed with some great stuff, like the Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Holy Moses, a Belgian-style wit, one of my absolute favorite brews on the planet. It’s a white ale infused with coriander and orange peel, for a delicious, summery tang. Two Brothers’ fantastic Dog Days Lager is with us, and we’ve added a second Abita offering – their Purple Haze, an unfiltered raspberry-infused wheat beer, not unlike a lambic in its sweet/tart dance on the palate, but a bit simpler and more refreshing, less ponderous than a lambic. The new list should be updated on here in a day or two.

Our wine list update is complete as well, and you’ll find a great biodynamically-farmed Chenin Blanc from the Columbia Valley, Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, and something for the wine geeks: a sparkling Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal, Austria. I should also mention a rare rose of pinot noir from Cheverny, a little appelation up along Sancerre. It’s very small production, and if you can find it anywhere else in Chicago, I’ll buy you a bottle!

We just got in some fresh cowpeas, which aren’t but supermarket food down south, but completely unheard of up here! A type of crowder pea, cowpeas are know as black eyes when dried. We’re cooking ’em up fresh and serving them with stuffed yellow globe zucchini from Green Acres.

Plums are in full swing, and Seedling brought us more lovely blacks today, so we’ve switched out the blueberry pie for a plum tart, a sweet picture of simplicity served with honey ice cream, the richest ice cream i have ever made. Ever. All it consists of is honey, egg yolks, and Kalona Organics cream. Yum!

We’ve also brandied some plums to serve up with the Gunthorp Farms pork porterhouse, and look for local apricots at brunch tomorrow!