Matt Maroni and Choo Lipsky sampling Greenbush beers with brewmaster Scott Sullivan at Morso [Photo: Facebook]
Beer from Greenbush Brewing Company, located 90 miles away in Sawyer, Mich., has slowly begun making its way to Chicago via collaborations with a few chefs like Cleetus Friedman and Danny Grant. Now, MorSo's Matt Maroni and Choo Lipsky will be the next to brew with Greenbush and will do so this Monday.
Maroni has always wanted to create a beer that resembled a 7 & 7 cocktail and Scott Sullivan, brewmaster at Greenbush, has found a way to make it happen. While at Greenbush, Maroni will also take over the taproom to host a one-night-only pop-up restaurant that will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, October 9.
Maroni enlisted a few nearby friends to help out with the dinner, including New Buffalo butcher shop Local and Green City Market vendor Granor Farm. While entry to the event is free, you just pay for the beer and food, which is featured on an a la carte menu that includes:
· Grilled chorizo with cauliflower, raisin, toast and lemon curd
· Rabbit confit with cut pasta, lardo butter, celery root and mushroom
· Bacon cured ham with brussel sprouts, date chutney and carrot cumin puree
· Artisan grilled cheese with bacon jam and mushroom dusted kettle chips
· Pancetta crisp with shaved pastrami, an apple soup shooter and turnip
Beer is available by the glass and in growlers to take home, but if you can't make it to the event, expect more Greenbush brews in Chicago very soon. After MorSo brews its beer on Monday, they will start carrying it in bottles in the restaurant in a few months along with a number of other Greenbush beers. Cleetus Friedman's beer, Terminator X (an American Strong Ale brewed with Black Strap Molasses), is still on tap at City Provisions. While Small Bar has Greenbush's Oktober Fest Ale and Retribution currently on tap, chef Justin White recently visited the brewery to create a Sumatra Cream Stout using local Michigan coffee roaster Infusco that will be coming to Small Bar soon.