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David Lissner
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Forget the green stuff, bring on the real beer

Beer tasting (public domain image)


Chicago beer lovers: Recover from St. Patrick’s Day’s green libations with some quality brews at these upcoming tastings and beer dinners. Reservations strongly recommended.

  • Quince, Evanston, Two Brothers Brewing Co. Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, $45.

    Chef Andy Motto’s three-course menu, featuring such dishes as pork belly lasagna with pineapple and lavender and grass-fed veal mushroom ravioli with winter bean cassoulet pairs with Warrenville’s Two Brothers Brewing Co. libations including Resistance India Pale Ale and Domaine DuPage French Country-Style Ale. The brewery’s Andy Jenkins will be on hand.

  • Jack’s Bar & Grill, Lakeview, New Belgium Brewing Co. Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, $35.

    The five-course menu at the newly revamped Jack’s features beer as an ingredient as well as paired with the dishes. Menu items include soft Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese, paired with Fat Tire Amber Ale, chicken wings tossed in honey IPA glaze with Ranger IPA and pulled pork sliders with Black Ale caramelized onions, served with 1554 Black Ale. Diners get a New Belgium Beer glass and can sample more New Belgium beer after the meal.

  • uncommon ground, Edgewater, Two Brothers Tasting Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday March 23, $25.

    Quail confit with sweet potato hash and merguez sausage with couscous, chickpeas, wild mushrooms, Brussels sprout leaves, cipollini onions and raisins feature on the four-course menu, paired with Domaine DuPage, Cane & Ebel Red Rye Ale and other Two Brothers brews.

  • The Martini Bar, Loop, Southern Tier Brewery Tasting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, $30.

    Steve Carnes and Kristen Colon, local craft beer specialists with Chicago Beverage, will discuss brewing processes, talk about the history of Lakewood, New York-based Southern Tier Brewery and lead participants through a tasting of five beers, including Iniquity Imperial Black Ale, Gemini Imperial Blended Ale and Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale, alongside such chow as meatloaf and cheeseburger sliders. Southern Tier will also be on tap for $2 off.

  • Timothy O’Toole’s, Streeterville, Goose Island 101 Suds School, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, $20.

    The event features a tasting of beers from Chicago brewery Goose Island, including Matilda, Pepe Nero, La Fleur, Madame Rose and Demolition, with appetizers, souvenirs and tips on hosting a beer dinner at home.