Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hopped Up

Foie gras is the new drinking food at Dryhop

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Light beers are fine for backyard BBQs or at a ballgame.
 
A lesser known but still excellent pairing? Wild boar porchetta with sheep’s ricotta gnudi.
 
Welcome to Dryhop, a new brewery/gastropub opening June 13 in Lakeview that takes everything you knew about the brewpub and throws it out its retractable front wall.
 
Stainless steel tanks line the back walls stocked with Shark Meets Hipster, American Wheat Ale, and The Angry Samoan coconut milk stout. Watch the beers as they are brewed, poured, and consumed right before your eyes.
 
Each dish complements and incorporates Dryhop beers (think beer-brined pork belly with a brown ale reduction). Duck leg pavé & country sausage torchon of foie gras is not only a mouthful to order, but also is served with a mouthful of cherry-malt gastrique.
 
Instead of white tablecloths, the decor is carpenter chic with heavy wood tables and a long bar that looks at a wall of tanks. The other wall of brewing equipment is protected by glass, so you don't get your gastrique-covered fingerprints all over it.

The Angry Samoan wouldn't like that very much.

Dryhop Brewers dryhopchicago.com
3155 N. Broadway St. (at W. Briar Pl), Lakeview
(773) 857-3155
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Brown or Red Line to Belmont
Scene: Sophisticated beer nerds looking to chase craft brews with gourmet bites 
Best bets: Savory brittle; beer brined pork belly; brewer's seafood ragout
Nearby: Wilde Bar & Restaurant; Chilam Balam; Frog 'n Snail

photo courtesy Michael Kiser

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