—Happy Monday. Here are a few more details on Alulu, Pilsen’s intriguing and mysterious new brewpub that soft opened on Friday. Customers enter the space on South Laflin Street via a narrow alley illuminated by twinkling lights to the right of the storefront, which leads to a rustic-chic two-floor space that used to house a bank, according to staff. Reclaimed woods are prevalent throughout, including in beerhall-esque bench seating. A small bar sits on the first floor while the beer tanks are upstairs, with table service and retractable garage door-style windows on both floors. The menu is filled with chef-driven beer-friendly food including piccata-style sweetbreads, pierogis, mussels, and a burger. Nine house beers, craft cocktails, beertails, and house-made sodas are to drink. Check out the full menus below.
—In more beer news on the south side, the inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest will bring together a gaggle of south side breweries for the first time on May 20. The event, organized by and taking place at Baderbrau, will also include 6-8 food trucks and a stage for live music. General admission tickets cost $45 (VIP are $60) and will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. via this link.
—Acclaimed One Off Hospitality pastry star Dana Cree releases her book Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream tomorrow and will celebrate with a party that turns Publican Quality Meats into an old-school ice cream shop to serve all-you-can-eat samples of a bevy of Cree’s interesting ice cream creations, such as donut, buttered popcorn, chocolate peanut butter brownie crunch, and strawberry bubblegum. Tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door. Check out the book via the link above and a recipe from the book below.
—Virgin Hotels Chicago has dumped Bow Truss as its coffee provider, and now serves Dark Matter at Two Zero Three, its ground-floor coffee and wine bar. The hotel will also "work with Dark Matter Coffee on various beer partnerships and events this spring and summer," according to a rep.
—And finally, in more beer (and baseball) news, drinkers can taste Goose Island’s new beer, 1060 Wit, that will be sold at Wrigley Field this season at a party Sunday night during the Cubs’ first game at its Fulton Street brewery and taproom. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 7 p.m. and will include "ballpark fare and special giveaways."