Tues, Nov 10: New Belgium Hop Stout & Le Terroir Tasting

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Hop Stout & Le Terroir Tasting
Tuesday, November 10 – 6-9 PM

Our good friends at New Belgium Brewery will be hosting a special tasting at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar on Tuesday, November 10 (6-9 PM) of Hop Stout & Le Terroir beers. Known for their very popular amber ale, Fat Tire, New Belgium have (since 1991) been dedicated to the development of craft beer with their humble beginnings garnering enough praise from friends and neighbors that the owners Jeff and Kim took their basement brewery commercial in 1993. Along with local artist and neighbor Anne Fitch they began hand making their iconic labels with her distinctive watercolor designs. In 1996, they brought in Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster previously working at Rodenbach to help influence their love of sour beers.

Details on the beer:

Le Terroir • 7.5% 12 IBUs

French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’ You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. They produce a base beer that’s golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. And after 3 years in the foeders, you can bet it has some nice earthy tones. Round out that fruity base with even more unique fruity hops like Amarillo and Galaxy, and this beer may just have more terroir than your classiest wine. 

Hop Stout • 8% 100 IBUs

The latest release in their Hop Kitchen series crafts the best of the brewing worlds with one of the most brawny, bitter beers in New Belgium history. Eight different grains converge for a deep blend of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toasted bread, while generous additions of six hop varieties, like Equinox, Chinook and Willamette, accent the richness with citrusy, woodsy pops. Just as you get lost in Hop Stout’s malty depth, a wicked rush of bitterness attacks with the combined force of an imperial stout and IPA. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is for malt and hop lovers alike.

Bridgeport’s Got Beef


THE BEST ITALIAN BEEF sandwich in Chicago will be decided November 14, in WLPN 105.5 Lumpen Radio’s first annual BRIDGEPORT’S GOT BEEF competition, a live broadcast BEEF BATTLE in front of a studio audience.

Eight local beefs will be judged by celebrity judges including 11th Ward Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, Michelin-Starred Chef Kevin Hickey of the Duck Inn, Bridgeport Food Critic Chuck Sudo, 9th District Police Commander Daniel Godsel, and Vanessa Sanchez of Yollocalli Arts Reach.

For too long, Bridgeport, the birth place of the Italian Beef, has been left off haphazard “Best Of” put out by clickbait journalists.  This disrespect will end November 14, when BRIDGEPORT’S GOT BEEF, hits the airwaves.

The evening will be hosted by the Host of Radio Free Bridgeport, John Daley. The live broadcast will feature music about beef, live judging and more.

Limited tickets are available, and attendees will taste each of the beef sandwiches, enjoy complementary beverages, and cast their vote to decide who makes the best beef sandwich in the neighborhood.

Participating restaurants include: Phil’s Pizza, Ricobene’s, Soluris, Johnny O’s, Kathey De’s, Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, Turtle’s Bar and Grill, Mangia Fresca, and others.

Proceeds of this event go to Public Media Institute, the organization that manages WLPN 105.5FM, Chicago’s newest independent radio station.

Get a ticket here:

Korean Polish BBQ Monday, Oct 19 – 5:30pm


Join us while the weather permits, for some complementary KoPo BBQ with Chef Won Kim of Kimski’s.. We are sick and tired of waiting for our new joint to open, so come get some…


South Side story: Chicago’s Urban Renaissance

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Maria’s was mentioned  in the recent October 9, 2015 USA Today’s article called “South Side story: Chicago’s urban renaissance“. We are glad to be part of some positive changes in the neighborhood.

Bear Down, Chicago Beers!

Our friends at Publican Quality Meats love their football, and beer too. To celebrate the Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs game, they’ll be cooking out this Sunday, October 11th at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, in Bridgeport.

Grilling kicks off at halftime, around 12:00 PM. Menu highlights include Beer Brats with pimento cheese and pickled peppers ($9). Please note, the grill is cash only.



Rye High Collaboration tonight


Rye On! Join us tonight when Half Acre Beer Company and Ballast point presents a Rye High Collaboration from 6-9 PM

We will also be serving a lager and pale ale from each brewery for $5 a Pint including: Ballast Point Longfin Lager Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale Half Acre Pony Pils Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Avery Brewing Company Beer Jams tonight


Join our friends at Avery Brewing Company present a special Bold Tasting of two of their specialty brews today from 6-9 PM featuring Liliko’i Kepolo a Belgium styled ale and Raja Double IPA.

Ko Po BBQ is Back. This Sunday, September 13.


Join chef Won Kim (of the upcoming Kimski’s) at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar as he cooks up some Korean/Polish BBQ Sunday starting @ 2. He’s bringing along some spicy Korean pancakes and you can also quench your thirst with our Happy Hour draft cocktails at only $5 (normally $8).

South Side Freak-Outs

Tues. Sept 1 – The Bored Enthusiast – DJ Perpetual Rebel

Exploring different genres and moods of tunes from jazz to funk to hip-hop to soul, to experimental
Weds. Sept. 2 – The Shuttered Room – DJ Le Deuce & Mr. Caution

Every first Wednesday of the month playing a diverse set of post punk, synthpop, minimal wave, dark wave & electro
Thurs. Sept. 3 – You Tube Karoake Freakout – VJs Rueben Kinkaid &  Ryan Lavery

You Tube Karoake Freakout means we play youtube karaoke files. So please come prepared to sign up and sing with us.

Massage A Mystic Collaboration Brew 6-9 PM

Takeshi, Marz Community Brewing, and Against the Grain have done another weird and amazing collaborative brew, the Massage A Mystic. We are excited to release the first two elemental beers, Water and Metal
Fri. Sept. 4 – Smokey Joe’s South Side Soul Shack – DJ “Smokey” Joe Bryl

Featuring the best sweaty soul tracks, funk bombs, raucous R&B, and underground disco beats from the past and the present
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sonorama – DJs Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca

The Sonorama crew will be featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the shocking cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling
Sun. Sept. 6 – Bartender’s Choice

Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails
Mon. Sept. 7 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar & Ballast Point presents
On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting
Thursday, Aug. 275:30-7 PM
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar in conjunction with our friends at Ballast Point will be hosting a special On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting on Thursday, August 27 between 5:30 and 7 PM. You’ll be able to meet the brewer Chris Klein to answer any and all Ballast Point questions and of course taste a selection of their specialty beers plus a new designed cocktail especially inspired for the summer.

We will be tapping the following special beers:

Calm Before the Storm- Cream ale with Coffee and Vanilla  5.5% ABV (16 oz/$7)

A coffee ale with a touch of cream.

Calm Before the Storm came from a quest for a warm weather alternative to their Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Like its more robust cousin, we infuse a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. But this time, they added it to a lighter-bodied golden cream ale. The end result is a surprisingly bright, coffee-forward beer that’s perfectly refreshing.

Nitro Sculpin- IPA 7% ABV (16 oz/$7)

Inspired by their customers, employees and brewers, the Sculpin IPA is bright with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. This delicious Ballast Point Ale took a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting.

Ginger Big Eye- IPA with Ginger 7% ABV (16oz/$7)

We this beer Ballast Point takes their year-round production Big Eye IPA and infuse fresh skinned, sliced ginger root into the beer post fermentation. The spicy Centennial hops used in Big Eye go very well with the spicy taste and aromatics from the fresh ginger root. The solid malt backbone of Big Eye also lends itself well to ginger, almost adding a candied component as it blends across your palate.

Thai Chili Wahoo White- Belgian Witbier with Thai Chili peppers  4.5% ABV (16 oz/$7)

Wahoo Wheat is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity.True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.

Victory at Sea- Imperial Porter w/Coffee and Vanilla 10% ABV (13 oz/$8)

A big porter crafted to weather any storm. Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. They infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.

Summer-inspired Cocktail –

Mexican Manhattan ($10)

Made with Ballast Point Horchata Vodka

For further information on Ballast Point: http://www.ballastpoint.com/

For further information on this event contact Patrick Gossett @ pjg0180@gmail.com