PILSEN — Moody Tongue Brewing will soon open a tasting room adjacent to the brewery in Pilsen.
Moody Tongue brewmaster Jared Rouben announced plans to open the intimate tasting room that will serve year-round and limited-release beers with "Michelin-minded service" at a press conference at Green City Market in Lincoln Park Wednesday.
The new tasting room will serve 12 taps of Moody Tongue brews alongside a curated food menu, Rouben said. Moody Tongue will also begin offering tours and tastings led by the brewing team on a first-come, first-serve basis when the tasting room opens.
“The number one differentiating factor in our tasting room will be hospitality,” said Rouben, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants including Martini House in Napa, CA, and Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City. “We’re creating something elegant yet approachable.”
The curated menu will feature a daily selection of fresh oysters, as well as slices of cake.
“Oysters and cake are indulgent yet in completely different ways — and enjoyable without overwhelming the palate,” Rouben said. “These two opposite ends of the flavor and taste spectrum can naturally be brought to together by beer in a way that is fun for your tongue. If I had my way, I’d eat oysters and cake with beer every day.”
Moody Tongue will work with designers Jesse and Colleen Neuhaus of Mo Faux Studio to design the space.
The tasting room plans to open five days a week to start, with exact hours to be announced closer to opening.
Rouben opened Moody Tongue Brewing Company, 2136 S. Peoria St., in 2014.
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