Dog Dayz: The Second (and Third) Coming of Hot Doug

Hot-Doug-himself-copyIf the Grateful Dead can resurrect itself this summer, why not Hot Doug?

If you missed out on saying good-bye and paying homage to Doug Sohn during those dwindling days of autumn last year when he closed Hot Doug’s, electing not to wait five hours for what was to be the last hot dogs ever to be served at Hot Doug’s …. Well, don’t you feel a bit vindicated now?

For two days only, Hot Doug is back! At the rather hefty and decidedly “un-hot-doggy” price of $75, which includes Doug’s sausages and tastings of Goose Island beer, Dog Dayz of Summer might be worth checking out this weekend. It’s four sessions spread over Saturday, June 27 and June 28, each session at noon and 5:00 p.m. at the Goose Island barrel warehouse at 603 N. Sacramento, in Chicago.

There will be live bands, a session with the always entertaining Tony Fitzpatrick on Saturday, a visit from Bob Schwartz, the Senior Vice President at Vienna Beef on Sunday, and, presumably, balloons for the kiddies, but don’t quote me on that.

Vienna Beef makes real Chicago hot dogs. Hot Doug himself will tell you that. So at least you’ll be able to hear about real Chicago hot dogs while eating things like The Atomic Sausage, Chicken Chorizo, The Ultimate Garlic Sausage, Hungarian Smoked Pork Sausage, Baked Ham Sausage, Spicy Thai Chicken Sausage, Jerk Pork Sausage, Thuringer Sausage, Spicy Andouille, Veggie Dog, and inexplicably, a Bacon Cheeseburger.

I’m told that the duck fat fries, which used to cause lines to wrap around the block at Hot Doug’s every Friday, will also be available. For some people, those fries alone are worth the price of admission.

Bobby Bare, Jr., will be there the first session on Saturday and the last session on Sunday. He’s pretty cool in a chubby hipster kind of way, and his Dad’s the guy who did “Detroit City,” “Tequila Sheila,” and “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goal Posts of Life).” You could write songs like that in 1976 and nobody freaked out.

Speaking of freaking out, Freakwater will also be at that first session on Saturday, hopefully doing their Hot Dog Diaries fave, “My Old Drunk Friend.”

Some Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts will be available for tasting. These are a pretty big deal, though not the session beers that regular Chicago style hot dogs demand. So that works out, since there won’t be any Chicago style hot dogs here, either.

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