Chicago brewery to raise funds for MolsonCoors shooting victims
Tragedy struck on Wednesday after a shooting that took five lives at the MolsonCoors Brewing Company in Milwaukee and at least one Chicago brewery is sending support. Off Color Brewing periodically releases an America wild ale, “Eeek!” in collaboration with Miller High Life (MolsonCoors is Miller’s parent company). It’s a tribute to the “Champagne of Beers.” On Thursday, Off Color — via Facebook — announced it would bring “Eeek!” back on tap and sell bottles of the 2016 and 2019 vintages. Proceeds of sales of “Eeek!” and Miller High Life would be donated to the families of the victims. The beer’s available at Mousetrap, Off Color’s Lincoln Park taproom. Families have already set up online fundraisers.
Supporters rally around family of Richard’s Bar stabbing victim
The general public and police continue to try to sort out what happened last week outside Richard’s Bar. Family and friends of Kenneth “Kenny” Paterimos Jr., the 23-year-old barista who was fatally stabbed last week outside Richard’s Bar, plan to hold a vigil on Tuesday, March 3 outside the bar, according to a Facebook event called “Justice for Kenny.” The day before, from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. on Monday March 2, Pilsen’s Tack Room will host a fundraiser for the family with special $5 drinks. The event’s organizers are the same who put together the Chinatown food crawl. The stabbing suspect was arrested, but was later released without charges after he claimed self-defense, according to the Tribune. The community has grown concerned about his release, and started to try to identity the suspect online.
Chicago developer puts McDonald’s HQ and Politan Row building up for sale
And finally, Chicago developer Sterling Bay has hired a real estate firm to sell McDonald’s West Loop headquarters in what may become the city’s most expensive downtown office sale ever, according to Crain’s. The fast-food empire relocated from its global headquarters in suburban Oak Brook to a Sterling Bay-built nine-story structure at 110 N. Carpenter Street almost two years ago. The sale will include tenant Politan Row food hall, which houses James Beard Best New Restaurant semifinalist Thattu. The building, which runs for a block along Randolph Street, could reportedly go for nearly $450 million.
Sixth annual Chicago Rum Festival returns with education and plenty of booze
The sixth annual Chicago Rum Festival returns April 4 with plenty of tastings, seminars, a daiquiri competition, and more than 50 rum “expressions,” according to a news release. Events include opportunities for industry folks to train, network, and try a variety of rums, as well as general admission and VIP “grand tasting” events at Venue Six10 in the Loop. Presentations include “Let’s Talk Sugar Cane & Terroir,” which will focus on key rum ingredients as well as sustainability, climate change, and agriculture. Full event details are listed online, and tickets are now available on Eventbrite.