Monday 16 September – Tuesday 19 November 2013
Friends and colleagues in the food and beverage biz (and anyone else who’s free on a Monday afternoon) can hobnob with fellow foodies, catch a great film and savor rare beers during Malty Matinees at Music Box Theatre every third Monday of the month. These original Chicago happenings begin with tastings of spectacular, rare beers from the exceptional portfolio of Vanberg & DeWulf, the only beer importer ever nominated for a James Beard Foundation award.
Malty Matinees are co-sponsored by Wirtz Beverage Illinois, the Illinois Distributor Vanberg & DeWulf beers and Binny’s Beverage Depot, a top spot for great beer, and Shiftgig: the largest and fastest growing professional networking and employment community for the service industry.
Music Box Theatre is to film what Vanberg & DeWulf is to beer: both are indie classics. Vanberg & DeWulf co-founder Wendy Littlefield thought it would be great for people working in the food and beverage industry to have a place to socialize in the off hours — and that the Music Box would be a great venue. Thus was born Malty Matinees at the Music Box. Here, attendees have the opportunity to sip, savor and celebrate specialty beers from Belgium, France, Italy, England and Iceland. Representatives of Vanberg & DeWulf, Binny’s Beverage Depot and Wirtz Beverage Illinois are on hand to educate filmgoers on the beers of choice.
Belgium’s female-brewed Vicaris Generaal Abbey Dubbel beer will be served with the documentary SOMM (Sept. 16), which takes viewers behind the scenes in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Espresso-aromaed Monk’s Stout, as well as specialty cocktails provided by William Grant & Sons, will be poured before Hey Bartender (Oct. 21), chronicling the renaissance of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail. And Music Box Films’ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Nov. 18), part one of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling “Millennium” trilogy, is just a good excuse to serve some Lava, the world champion Smoked Imperial Stout, beloved by Scandinavian beer geeks.
Tastings begin at 1:15 p.m., followed by screening at 2 p.m. No alcohol will be available for sale at the theater, but all selections offered at the tastings can be purchased at any Binny’s Beverage Depot location. Each screening includes an introduction of the film.
Monday, Sept. 16 – SOMM (Jason Wise, 2012, 93 min).
SOMM takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rosé. BEER PARING: Vicaris Generaal: Brewed by one of Belgium’s rising star female brewers, Vicaris Generaal is a robust russet garnet-colored Abbey Dubbel with a mocha lacy head. It has softly sweet malt, gentle roasted bitterness, hints of port, dark fruit, figs, raisin, chocolate and toffee!
Monday, Oct. 21 – Hey Bartender (Douglas Tirola, 2013, 92 min).
This documentary focuses on two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through the world of bartending. DRINK PARING: Specialty cocktail and Monk’s Stout: The first true Belgian interpretation of Stout, not a simple recreation of the style. Dark, dry and quenching, as only Dupont’s active and attenuating yeast can make it. Monk’s Stout has an intense black coffee aroma with a fine bitterness. It is light, almost astringent, on the tongue—like strong iced espresso. It finishes with deep roasted (almost charred) malt that is bracing and refreshing without the slightest trace of heaviness.
*Monday, Nov. 18 *- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009, 152 min).
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. BEER PARING: Lava: Lava is a full-bodied, pitch-black Smoked Imperial Stout with a dense brown head. It is richly flavored with notes of dark chocolate, rummy plum, roasted malt, espresso and lactose, with birch smoke in the finish. Lava is highly sought after by Scandinavian beer geeks. Taste it and you will understand why.
Admission to Malty Matinees is just $7.50, and tastings are included.