We’ve brought back our 12 beers of Christmas for the 2nd year in a row.
Get a punch card and try all 12 to win 2 complimentary tickets for our sure to be awesome Cubs game beer festival next summer: Cans, Casks, & Cubs at Murphy’s Rooftop Company. We already have commitments from Lagunitas, Half Acre, Revolution, and 5 Rabbit to participate…more to come. Tickets are separately available for purchase at $75 each.
Anchor Christmas Ale
Bell’s Christmas Ale
Breckenridge Christmas Ale
Goose Island 6th Day
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Moylan’s White Christmas
Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper
Southern Tier XXmas
You can drink the beers and get your card punched at either Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro or Murphy’s Bleachers.
Follow the tappings on our beermenus.com pages to get notified when things get tapped:
Cheers & Merry Christmas!
James Murphy10, December 2013 no comment
When I heard that Randy Mosher was involved with this brewery I knew I could expect good things. I once took a beer styles and tasting class from him at Seibel (http://www.siebelinstitute.com/) and used his Tasting Beer book like a bible when studying for the Cicerone exam in 2010. The man knows beer and his knowledge of beer history and particularly of unconventional ingredients is impressive (check out his book: Radical Brewing for more on this).
My first experience with the brewery was trying their beers paired with rabbit tacos at a launch event for industry folks at the Hop Leaf. I left impressed enough to quickly put their 5 Lizard passion fruit witbier on tap at Murphy’s Bleachers afterward. At the time they were contract brewing and a ways off from building their own brewery. Over the last couple of years we found some issues with consistency, noticing that kegs were coming from breweries all around the Midwest and unfortunately the beer tasted like it. However a visit to their new Bedford Park brewery this summer showed that this was all about to change.
The beer they are producing lately is consistently excellent and even better than what I had at the Hop Leaf when they launched. The proof of this is in the incredible brandy barrel aged version of Missionario they brought out for our tasting on November 5th. Word is the only other place you may get to try this is over at FOBAB this year. They may be the most daring brewery in the Chicago area for their consistent use of unconventional ingredients (their watermelon paleta inspired beer this summer was fantastic). Look for their 5 Vulture, Vida y Muerte, 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard, Missionario and whatever else they throw our way to rotate through our taps at Murphy’s Bleachers and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro this month. If you’ve had their beer before, give it another chance – you may be surprised.11, November 2013 no comment
Extra Pale indeed, this beer could pass for a pilsner by sight, but not once you get a whiff of it. The aroma is an unexpected punch in the nose of bright citrusy and floral hops. I’m not one to tell people how to drink (that’s a lie), but you have to pour this beer into a cup to get that glorious smell going. We’ve been crushing cans of this out on our patio at Murphy’s Bleachers all summer, for a very good reason. Two Brothers Sidekick is our new favorite session beer in the Chicagoland area. If you haven’t grabbed a six pack of these little aluminum packages of wonderfulness for the golf course, boat, or campfire, you’re missing out. It tastes pretty good out of the faucet at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro too.7, September 2013 no comment
I remember the first time the guys at Half Acre rolled into Murphy’s Bleachers to sample out their Lager. They were using a contract brewer in Wisconsin to make it and the batch we first tried had an aggressively hoppy grapefruit note for an Amber lager. They mentioned something about looking for a space to bring production into the city and the Murphy family happened to have a warehouse full of junk near Lincoln Square. Flash-forward a few years and these guys have dumped the Lager, turned the Murphys’ warehouse full of junk into their own brewery and taproom, and are producing what I think is the best Pale Ale in the Chicagoland area.
Sure there’s a certain famous brewery in Indiana with some delicious beers that get lumped in with American Pale Ales, but with alcohol contents up over 6% these would be IPA’s at any other time in history. A Pale Ale should have a certain “guzzleability” (yeah, there’s probably a better, real word, but I like this one) and to me Daisy Cutter is the most guzzleable American Pale Ale around. Full of the kind of West Coast citrusy, piney, grassy, hop flavors that not too many other Midwestern breweries have really mastered, but without going over the top on the booziness. This is the kind of reliable friend who will stick with you late into the evening. We’re just happy to have played a small part in the story of what has become our favorite Chicago brewery. Cheers to Matt, Gabriel, and the whole team at Half Acre.
Slainte.6, August 2013 no comment
I remember the first time I had this beer. The big question was: What am I supposed to make of this? It was certainly delicious, but what is it? Is it a wheat beer or a pale ale? Does it matter? Mostly it’s a tall, cool glass that’s completely refreshing and completely defies categorization. Hoppy enough for the real hop-heads, but at the same time smooth and approachable enough like a summer wheat for the casual beer drinker. A dangerously smooth drinker for its strength…are we crazy to offer this as a beer of the month? Probably. Be careful with this one, and be ready to bow down to our new beery overlords at Lagunitas when they open of their massive new brewery in Chicago. With mind-bendingly delicious beers like this, they may conquer the world.29, June 2013 no comment
Murphy’s Rooftop Company
3655 North Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60613
Tel: 773-281-5356Fax: 773-477-4751
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