18 June - Tuesday 20 August 2013
The third Tuesday of every month this summer, friends and colleagues in the food and beverage world are invited to gather for an original Chicago happening: Malty Matinees at the Music Box.
2:00pm screenings will be preceded by tastings of spectacular, rather rare beers from the exceptional portfolio of importer Vanberg & DeWulf, the only beer importer ever nominated for a James Beard Foundation award. (The founders of the company live in Chicago and are fans of the Music Box.) Here’s your chance to hobnob with fellow foodies, catch a great film from our Classic Matinee Series, and sip, savor, and celebrate specialty beers from Belgium, France, Italy, England, and Iceland.
Doors and tastings will open at 1:15pm. No alcohol will be available for sale at the theatre, but all selections offered at the tastings can be purchased at any Binny’s Beverage Depot location. Representatives of Vanberg & DeWulf Beer Distributors and Binny’s & Wirtz Beverage Illinois will be on hand to educate filmgoers on the beers of choice and each screening will include an introduction of the film. For those who have always said, “I love the classic matinees the Music Box Theatre offers, but 11:30am on a weekend is impossible for me to attend,” here is your chance!
How did this idea come about? The Music Box 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. Wirtz Beverage, the Illinois Distributor of Vanberg & DeWulf beers, and Binny’s, a top spot for great beer, readily signed on to be co-sponsors of the series. Meet you at the Music Box!
Tuesday, June 18th
- 2:00pm: Swing Time
Tuesday, July 16th
- 2:00pm: The Big Gundown
Tuesday, August 20th
- 2:00pm: Sabata
Tickets are $7.50 each. Tickets will be available in advance and at the door.
Tue 18 Jun, 2:00pm
directed by George Stevens starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers in English
Astaire, Rogers, and beer.
Featured beers: Posca Rustica: a rare spiced gruit from the Brasserie Dupont, hailed by NPR’s Scott Simon as one of the best summer beers Hop Ruiter: named best new beer from a Belgian microbrewery, and a surprise new beer from Ghent
Lucky (Fred Astaire) is a gambler and dancer engaged to Margaret, but when he’s late to the wedding, Margaret’s father calls the whole thing off. Intent to prove himself, Lucky heads to New York City to earn himself $25,000. But wouldn’t you know, Lucky meets pretty dance instructor Penny (Ginger Rogers) and soon begins to forget all about his fiancée.
Tue 16 Jul, 2:00pm
The Big Gundown
The Big Gundown
directed by Sergio Sollima starring Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Luisa Rivelli in Italian with English subtitles
Good beer and a good western!
Featured beers: Witkap Stimulo: a rare abbey singel – estery nose with typical abbey notes of banana and berry and a light lemony finish St Amand: a copper biere de garde from Brasserie Castelain Peche Mel: from the makers of Scaldis
Taking on what he hopes will be one of his last manhunts, Corbett sets out with a posse to find the Mexican peasant Manuel “Chuchillo” Sanchez (Tomas Milian), a man wanted for the murder of a child. Original Italian release version featuring nearly 20 minutes of footage never before seen in the U.S.
Tue 20 Aug, 2:00pm
directed by Gianfranco Parolini starring Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Ignazio Spalla in English, Italian with English subtitles
Gianfranco Parolini’s classic and some future classic beer.
Featured beers: Birreria Amiata’s Contessa Pale Ale: 5 stars, Slow Food Italy La Biere de Beloiel: A splendid cross between a Saison and a Tripel Lambrucha: Invented by Vanberg & DeWulf. This experimental beer of the year combines Lambic (the sour wild beer of Belgium) and organic kombucha.
After an acrobatic bank robbery leaves a town without a safe, the mysterious Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) lends his services in recovery of the vault. Things quickly escalate into to blackmail and gunplay, involving politically powerful criminal boss Stengel. Aided by string-playing Banjo, mute acrobat Alleycat, and alcoholic Civil War vet Carrincha, Sabata sets out with his comic book posse to extort Stengel for everything he’s worth. Filled with wild stunts, quick zooms, and whip pans, Sabata is one of the most energetic and entertaining Spaghetti Westerns around!