—Starting Jan. 25, visitors to the The Field Museum will be able to drink beer inspired by Sue, the museum’s famed Tyrannosaurus Rex. PseudoSue, made by Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., is an American pale ale with aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen, clocking in at 5.8 percent ABV, and is one of the brewery’s most popular beers. It’ll go on tap at the museum’s Field Bistro restaurant, be available in bottles at the museum’s main store, and celebrated at its Hop To It event on Jan. 25. The acclaimed brewery will also begin Chicago distribution by spring 2017, the Tribune reports.
—Following his foray into popcorn, but Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s is getting into the jerky game. In collaboration with Think Jerky, Sohn is releasing a flavor that "combines savory beef with a hint of black pepper for a modern twist on a classic" that’s available for pre-order now and ships in February.
—Pipeworks, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed craft breweries, is getting ready to unveil a bottle shop with draft lines for growler fills inside its brewery at 3912 W. McLean Ave. on Dec. 29, according to multiple reports. The project, which has been in the works for three years, has eight taps to fill growlers plus its canned beer and limited-edition bottles. It’ll be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to start.
—Chicago’s own Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality has opened its first restaurant in NYC, as 4 Charles Prime Rib is now open at 4 Charles St. in Manhattan. There’s scant info about its menu at this time, however.
—Hot West Loop Argentine-inspired restaurant El Che Bar has unveiled exclusive chef’s counter seats in prime real estate in front of the open kitchen’s hearth. It only seats two people per night, who can watch chef John Manion’s team man the flames while partaking in a five-course chef’s tasting menu for $85, with optional beverage pairings or drinks a la carte. Call or email the restaurant for more info.
—And finally, sadly, police charged the son of the owner of longtime Chicago icon Mario’s Italian Lemonade with some serious crimes this week, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing gunshots at police officers last week in Little Italy, according to multiple reports.