I don’t know about you, but my dad used to collect all manner of “treasures” on his travels. Turns out Brian and James Murphy’s dad did too. In fact, you only have to look around Murphy’s Bleachers or Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, and you can see his addiction to collecting stuff.
I never met Jim Murphy. A giant of a man, by all accounts. But I like to think that we can get a small glimpse of him through the legacy of items he collected. Evidently a Cubs fan through and through – from the bleachers seat signed by Ron Santo, a signed Ernie Banks jacket, countless bobble head figures, vintage enameled signs to the framed art originals, early 20th century programs and signed baseballs, he made Murphy’s Bleachers a modern, living, breathing, museum. It’s memorial to man who put his money where his mouth was and invested in his neighborhood, both literally and metaphorically.
So my guess would be that he would be thrilled to know that “A Piece of the Game” is coming to his city, his neighborhood, his bar. I am betting he would have had a ball talking to everyone who brought their own pieces of sports memorabilia with them because important or not, he like any collector, would have been fascinated not only by the stories they came with but also by the chance to find out more about his collection.
A Piece of the Game will have four appraisers to look at your sports memorabilia and is filming at Murphy’s Bleachers on Sunday, April 27th from 10am, all welcome.24, April 2014 no comment
Is winter finally over? We’ve been dreaming about a trip to the eden of a beer garden at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo to get us through the last few months. To help usher in cafe season we’re featuring their version of summer in a glass for the month of May, but we’re even more excited about the stellar lineup of beers we’ll have lined up for our tasting at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro on May 6th.
We’re rolling out a Firkin of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (!) and tapping a keg of their Bourbon Barrel aged Kalamazoo stout, with more details of deliciousness to follow.
May 6, 7pm – expect 4 generous samples, a paired snack, and knowledge/banter from people from the brewery for just $15. $4 Pints of Bell’s Oberon at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and Murphy’s Bleachers for the month of May.
Bell’s beer garden.12, April 2014 no comment
Opening Day is always such a special, hopeful day for us. We look forward to reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones and sharing the hope that this year, maybe this year, the Cubs will finally reward us with that seemingly elusive prize of a World Series. To celebrate each Opening Day, Murphy’s Bleachers has produced a commemorative sweatshirt every year for over 30 years.
Robert Bjork, a 57 year old Marine veteran, couldn’t afford to buy a new Opening Day sweatshirt. In a creative bid to obtain one, he offered to swap his vintage 1991 version for a new 2014 hoodie. Touched by his story and his long-time support of both the Cubs and Murphy’s Bleachers, Beth, Brian and James Murphy decided to take him up on his offer and, in the process, add another item to the extensive collection of memorabilia displayed throughout Murphy’s Bleachers. We think you’ll agree, the new version looks great and hopefully, Robert, along with Cubs fans all around the world, will have something to celebrate this year!
If you want to purchase the Opening Day sweatshirt either visit our online store or click here.5, April 2014 no comment
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
Murphy’s Rooftop Company
3655 North Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60613
Tel: 312-871-1637Fax: 773-477-4751
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