Aug 12: Half Acre/ Marz Release Omnolith, a beer for Lumpen Magazine’s 25th


A.J. Liebling once said: that the ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.’ So it’s a good thing we do.
– Ed Marszewski, Publisher of Lumpen Magazine

Lumpen is a long running magazine that chronicles the countercultures. The scathing and hilarious arts culture and politics magazine has been recognized and celebrated for its editorial that is poignant and thought-provoking to marginalized and irreverent.

For 25 years Lumpen has been a champion of independent culture showcasing the literary  and visual arts, culinary culture, innovative music, start up businesses, progressive politics and irreverent humor. We started with Lumpen magazine, branched out to the web, started more publications, events, festivals and now, an FM radio station for the City of Chicago on the dial at 105.5fm

To celebrate and mark the 25th anniversary of Lumpen Magazine, fellow arts and culture supporters Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher, of Half Acre beer collaborated with Lead Brewer Tim Lange and Lumpen publisher, Ed Marszewski of Marz Community Brewing, to brew an Imperial Red Lager, with an ABV of 7.5%.

In poking fun at the left wing publication, Magliaro suggested that. “It could be fun to bend the name of the beer around the idea of a giant, all encompassing organization that aims to pull the life from anything pure and successful.” and suggested the name of the beer Omnolith. It was unanimously endorsed by all.

This is the second time Half Acre has made a commemorative beer for Lumpen . On it’s 20th anniversary in 2011, Half Acre brewed the Imperial Red Ale called The Chairman and that experience probably foolishly inspired the Lumpens to get into brewing.

To bring the collaboration to another level the design of the label was worked on by both breweries’ lead designers.

Phineas Jones, from Half Acre worked with Marz Community Brewing’s Creative Director, Michael Freimuth, to capture the spirit of Lumpen’s Omnolithic irreverence by using inspiration from the  architecture of brutalist east european monuments. By examining the shapes and geometry of those 60’s era structures the two were able to design a simple minimalist icon to adorn the label.

On Friday August 12, Omnolith will be released at Half Acre Brewing’s Lincoln Brewing facility at 11 am. Lumpen Magazine will be giving away various back issues of the publications at the bottle release event.

That night Lumpen will take over Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st St) for the south-side bottle release and celebration.

Starting at 5pm , attendees can either get a bottle to go or enjoy a draft pour in the bar. Kimski will be creating a special to pair with the beer and  More back issue of the Lumpen magazine will be given away.

Help Build a New Community Radio Station

Many Maria’s fans might be aware that we support many of the projects produced and facilitated by local non profit, Public Media Institute. They publish Lumpen Magazine, Mash Tun Journal and run the rad art space, Co-Prosperity Sphere. We are also involved with underwriting their newest and most ambitious media project, Lumpen Radio.

Lumpen Radio is a new community radio station that can reach over 2.3 million potential listeners daily.  It is based down the block from Maria’s and we think it will become  an amazing addition to the rich cultural life of our neighborhood and the city.

Lumpen Radio is  very close to getting the station on the air but it needs additional financial support. They have launched a Summer Swag-A-Thon where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, pint glasses and more, with all of the proceeds going towards paying their radio tower site construction fees. Please consider helping them out!

Visit and get some cool stuff.

You will be supporting an organization that is one of the reasons Maria’s Community Bar became what it is today.


Won Kim on Cuthroat Kitchen Tonite

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Kimski’s own Won Kim is competing in a championship tournament for Food Networks Cutthroat Kitchen! We will have the show running at the bar today while the kitchen will be rocking out the menu!  Join us as we check out the sabotages and see if Won makes it through the final round or not!

New Parking Lot for Kimski’s and Maria’s Customers

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If you are looking for parking when you visit Kimski or Maria’s on Fridays and Saturdays please consider using the free parking available at the corner of Loomis and 31st St. We are renting the Holden School parking lot as a convenience to our guests.

Sunday June 12, 2-7pm: Jefee’s Pizzeria Does a Pop Up at Kimski!


Anthony Caccitolo has revived his family’s pizza tradition and now makes them for friends and family.

Now YOU will have the chance to try the original Jefee’s pizza at Kimski / Maria’s on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2-7pm.

This is one of a kind pizza you can’t find anywhere else! Due to our kitchen restraints there are very limited pies available.

The pizza is one size: 14” ( feeds two adults )

Each pizza will be $20 plus $2 for additional topping ( sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni ) Or ask for the KoPo pizza ( a special kimchee polish sausage concoction).

To be sure you will receive your pizza without a long wait please email us and order in advance.

There are only 40 pies available for “advanced no wait reservations ”

So, let us know:
1. The the quantity of pizzas you want (with toppings).
2. The time you want to pick them up ( or eat at Kimski)

We will email you back to see if we can accommodate your request and /or give an optional time to pick it up.

We will also send you a invoice if you prefer to pay in advance.

Email all inquiries and orders to

Wed June 8 6-8pm : Community Grant Nite with Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour


This Wednesday is a Maria’s Community Grant Nite!

Join the Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour: justice seeking people mingling and plotting a people’s makeover for our city. And with delicious beverages!

On Wednesday, June 8, from 6 – 8 pm, Maria’s is  offers a specialty beverage to help us raise funds for the Collaborative during our community grant night.

Drop by, have a drink, and… kaching! $3 from each Palmer’s Pint ($8) will be donated back to the Collaborative! A Palmer Pint is a delicious combination of house ginger peach infused vodka, black tea, & organic lemonade. Bring friends!

Get ready for a summer of impact. Find out how you can join the fight back. Get to know some of the instigators in the grassroots led fight against austerity and budget cuts. Be the first to know about upcoming opportunities for organizing and creating community.

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Our friends at Daily Planet Productions ( Chicago ) made this video for Kimski at Maria’s.

Director: Michael Gabriele
Photographer: John Boehm
Executive Producer: Scott Marvel
Art Department: Johanna Wawro, Suzanne Wolcott
PA: Jeannine Ringland-Zwirn, Emily Barber
Editor: Michael Gabriele
Mix: Matthew Hane
Color Correction: Jeff Altman
Graphics: Jon Adler, Dan Moore, James Lee, Alyssa Barrett

4 Hands and Marz Community Brewing Co Rubus Flux Release Party

Join us on Wednesday, May 25 for this amazing  beer Marz Community Brewing Co. made with 4 Hands Brewing Company. It’s called Rubus Flux and it’s purple!  Rubus flux is a boysenberry India Pale Ale fermented with 2 strains of brettanomyces.  ‪#‎purplebeer‬ ‪#‎Citra‬ ‪#‎mosaic‬ ‪#‎galaxy‬

Bottle Sales begins at Noon. try some on draft at 5pm.

PLUS!!! We will be doing  Slushies with Marz Bubbly Creek, Rubus Flux, Hop Gose Weasel and Splash Pale Ale!!!

It’s Official! Join us for our Grand Opening May 18, 2016


In the last week we have been working out the kinks on our new bar expansion and Korean Polish street food kitchen known as Kimski. We think we have our shit together and want you to join us for an official evening to commemorate our long awaited opening of this new chapter for the Community of the Future. Please join us for some drink specials, a toast by the family, and the official sonic blessing of our space by Bobby Conn.





Our Expansion and Kimski is Open

We are pleased to announce we just completed the expansion to our original building and it opens Tuesday, May 10. It features a new “Warped Space Beer Hall”, a front and back patio, and Maria’s new kitchen project, Kimski, helmed by Chef Won Kim.

Kimski is a Korean Polish street food joint that is counter service oriented. You can order food and eat in the limited seating in the front of the addition or the food will be brought to you in the Maria’s bar, beer hall or patio areas. The Kimski kitchen is open 5pm to midnight Tuesday thru Saturday. After 9pm Kimski features a late night menu featuring our version of Poutine and The Kimchee pancake quesadilla.

We are also excited to present our newly revamped beverage program. We added 24 more drafts to our original 21, bringing our total draft beers and cocktails to 48. We created a new wine program to match our cocktail and beer offerings and added a “Maria’s Basement” beer cellar/ cooler featuring whales and rare beers.

The Kimski and Maria’s branding and identity were designed by Michael Freimuth and Company at Franklyn.

The Design and Build of the addition of Maria’s is by Norsman Architects.

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