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.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
- 2:00pm: Somm
Monday, October 21st, 2013
- 2:00pm: Hey Bartender
Monday, November 18th, 2013
- 2:00pm: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Admission to Malty Matinees is just $7.50, and tastings are included.
- Mon 16 Sep 2013, 2:00pm
directed by Jason Wise starring Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble in English
With unprecedented access, Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.
Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well-being, and often their sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now.
- Mon 21 Oct 2013, 2:00pm
Hey Bartender (2013)
directed by Douglas Tirola in English
This documentary focuses on two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams through the world of bartending. After being injured, a Marine turns his goals to becoming a rock star bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A former bank executive who bought the corner bar in his hometown struggles to keep it afloat in a community that no longer values a place where everyone knows your name. Features the most famous bartenders in the world along with unprecedented access to the most exclusive bars in New York City and commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco. Hey Bartender was produced by New York-based 4th Row Films (www.4throwfilms.com)), and this screening is also sponsored by William Grant & Sons, Ltd. an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch Whisky, including the world’s most awarded Single Malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Reyka Vodka, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.
- Mon 18 Nov 2013, 2:00pm
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
directed by Niels Arden Oplev starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
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. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.