Chicago's SideDoor Reveals Secret Craft Beer Menu

SideDoor, an American-style gastropub located in River North, Chicago, announced a Secret Stash of rare craft beers available to diners beginning March 2.

Introduced by beverage director Jeff Van Der Tuuk and only available upon guest request, this carefully curated collection of limited-time brews, packaged in large format bottles is cellared in the basement of the McCormick Mansion for a minimum of six months.

Van Der Tuuk sources selections rarely found throughout Chicago and the surrounding Midwest regions. Upon cellaring the collection, Van Der Tuuk releases certain brews for a limited-time only at SideDoor when those selections become unavailable elsewhere.

“Offering our guests some of the most unique, rare aged beer on the market is a consistent goal we have at the restaurant,” Van Der Tuuk says. “Each large format brew is often very hard to come by, and we truly appreciate the opportunity to give our guests the ability to enjoy these highly allocated selections.”

The Secret Stash features flavor profiles ranging from lemon grass and sour cherry to toasted malt and cocoa nibs. Of the sixteen beers currently featured on the secret menu, a majority of the collection showcases the work of brewmasters located in the Midwest and beyond.

Among the most sought-after bottles, diners can enjoy the following sample of beers:

  • Old Rasputin XVII Barrel Aged Imperial Stout: California. 22 oz., 12.1 percent ABV. Barrel aged, caramel, charred oak.
  • Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quadrupel: Missouri. 750 ml, 11.8 percent ABV. Barrel-aged, cherry, toffee.
  • Rodenbach Caractere Rouge: Belgium. 750 ml, 7 percent ABV. Cranberry, raspberry, tart cherry, oak.
  • Upland Datalion Dark Wild Ale: Indiana. 750 ml, 8.5 percent ABV. Dark fruit, oak, pepper, spice.

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