Chicago's already bustling brewing scene gets a little busier this weekend as DryHop Brewers hold its first "Growler Saturday" on June 8, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at its East Lakeview location, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155). The public will be able to see the brewery, and sample DryHop’s first two beers: Shark Meets Hipster, and Batch 001, on tap or to-go in 64-oz. growlers for $10 (includes the glass growler and fill).
The official opening for the brewery and kitchen is Thursday, June 13.
DryHop plans to brew hop-centric ales, in addition to traditional, Belgian, and experimental craft beers – all only available in Lakeview and to-go in 64- and 32-oz. growlers. DryHop’s kitchen menu showcases the flavors and seasonality of the brewery through shared plates.
“We’re excited to join the Chicago craft beer scene in full force. We absolutely can’t wait for our neighbors to try the beer and food,” says Greg Shuff, owner and General Manager of DryHop Brewers, in a news release. “More than anything, we’re looking forward to our first Growler Saturday and sharing the beer with everyone for the first time. I’m dying to fill a few growlers.”
Head Brewer Brant Dubovick expects to have six inaugural offerings for the formal opening next Thursday, which he described below:
- Shark Meets Hipster – Wheat IPA (6.0% ABV): Your next love affair. Light bodied American Wheat Ale featuring truckloads of Galaxy hops. Expect strong notes of passion fruit.
- Batch 001 – "Chicago Common" (4.6% ABV): Yes, our very first brew. Pre-prohibition Cream Ale and Steam Beer hybrid. It’s a session ale brewed with barley, maize, and wheat.
- Velvet Divorce – Czech Pils (5.2% ABV): Paying our respect to those who were innovating long before us. The classic, crisp, and dry lager.
- Judge – American Pale Ale (5.4% ABV): This year’s cool kid hop gets weird with last year’s love affair - Mosaic hops join Amarillo hops for this citrus bomb.
- The Angry Samoan – Coconut Milk Stout (5.5% ABV): Baseball, BBQ, and coconuts scream summer. Jet black with a hint of coconut.
- Vampire for Your Love – Saison (6.2% ABV): Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with Kafir lime leaves and Sichuan pepper. This is the only Saison that matters.
DryHop Executive Chef Pete Repak designed the menu to complement the ideals of community and respect for the craft of brewing. The plates are shared and each dish showcases the flavors and seasonality of the brewery. DryHop’s cuisine is unpretentious, everything is prepared from scratch and, the menu is constantly changing to focus on seasonal ingredients and elements sourced from local farmers and purveyors. DryHop’s late night menu embodies bold flavors that are slightly off center, and appeal to the inner foodie.
DryHop’s dinner (5 p.m.) and late night (10 p.m.) menus are available starting Thursday, June 13. The lunch (11 a.m.), menu will begin the next day. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 am, Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 am, and Sunday from 11 am to 2 am. The kitchen closes each night at 1 a.m.