Haymarket Whiskey History Class – Monday, August 4 (7-9 PM)


Every Monday is our usual KoPo BBQ freak out.  But this Monday we are pleased to present A Whiskey History Class with our pal, Matthew Landan, of the Haymarket Whiskey Bar in Louiseville Kentucky.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar, a proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail and one of Thrillist’s Top 22 whiskey bars in America will be offering a whiskey history class at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar on Monday, August 4 (7-9 PM).

Officially titled American Whiskey History and Modern Bourbon Marketing, this class is hosted by in-house specialist Matthew Landan. Maggie Kimberl of Louisville.com recently wrote “It connected bits of information in a totally new way that made me appreciate my Kentucky and Louisville heritage that much more.”

The class begins with a thorough introduction to the history of American whiskey from pre-Revolutionary War to Prohibition, how to read a bourbon bottle label, and about the big eight producer distillers. The second portion of the talk teaches you everything you need to know about modern bourbon marketing.
Matthew Landan is a jack-of-all-trades, working as everything from a translator for Telecom Italia Lab to a journalist for Italy Daily and Dow Jones Newswires to a Cracker Jack vendor at the world famous Wrigley Field. A world traveller, Landan finally planted his feet in the rustic and culture-rich Louisville, Ky. He launched his first business, Derby City Espresso, specializing in artisan third wave espresso drinks and craft beer on April Fool’s Day 2007. But this is bourbon county, and Landan became entranced by the culture. He opened Haymarket Whiskey Bar in 2012 – a unique bourbon bar boasting nearly 200 unique bourbons, over 100 bourbons, and great beer and spirits. In 2015 he plans to open Louisville’s first ever and only 24-hour Chicago-style kosher deli.
This event is free (no reservations required).
Proud member of The Urban Bourbon Trail
Named one of the 21 best whiskey bars in America by Thrillist
Named one of 10 whiskey bars for beginners by Whiskey Advocate
Named one of the top 55 bourbon bars in America by Bourbon Review 



August 9: The Homebrewer’s Ball

Mash Tun HomeBrewer's Ball


Mash Tun Journal presents:

The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball
August 9, 2014 • 2:30-6pm
The Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219-21 South Morgan Street – Chicago Illinois, 60608

The makers of Lumpen magazine and Mash Tun Journal have partnered up with Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and Marz Community Brewing Company to create another great beercentric event with the Mash Tun Society. You are receiving this email because you attended one of our events. If you purchase tickets you get $5 off the regular $30 admission.

Please join us at the Homebrewer’s Ball and meet Chicago’s future pro brewers!

Attendees will be able to sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in our first annual competition!

For $25 you get:
– Tastes of all the Homebrew entries
– A Mash Tun Tasting Glass
– A Homebrewer’s Ball T-shirt Live  Silk-screened by Teetsy! (supplies limited)
– Vittles by The Doner Men and The Salsa Truck
– Tastes of Marz Community Brewing Co. beers.
–  A vote for best brews in the competition. The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company
– A copy of the new Mash Tun Guide to Craft Beer in Illinois

The Competition features freshly brewed ales by:
Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith.


Visit [ this link ] for tickets via Eventbrite!

Judging of the event is open to members of the Mash Tun Society only. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, the non profit that publishes Mash Tun Journal and organizes The Mash Tun Society.

The Mash Tun Society is a craft beer and artisan food club that presents programming throughout the year in the city of Chicago. The Society was established for people who enjoy the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, & society. The Non profit organization publishes The Mash Tun Journal and produces many events and programs like the Mash Tun Festivals, The Homebrewers Ball, the annual Art of Beer exhibition and other fine drinking and eating events and gatherings.

To become a member of the Mash Tun Society please visit: 

New members will receive complementary entry to the 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball.

July 28: Guest Kimchee by Bev Kim and John Clark today


Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute made some kimchee for our KoPo BQ today. You ready for the kimchee love? 530 pm start time.

Pssst …. On Monday, July 14 there is a KoPo BBQ featuring guest chef Won Kim and desserts by Dana Cree

KoPo BBQ: featuring guest chef Won Kim and desserts by Dana Cree
w/$4 Tiger Lager beer and $5 special draft beers

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is proud to welcome back the return of Won Kim on Monday, July 14 to be the guest chef for it’s weekly KoPo BBQ (Korean/Polish ) featuring his take on house made polishes and kimchi. Won Kim will be joined with special guest Dana Cree, pastry chef for avec and Blackbird, offering a refreshing summertime ice cream desert. Dana was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2014.

Won Kim is a Chicago native by way of Seoul, South Korea. Having grown up in the city, he was exposed to a world of graffiti art. Self taught and painting under the moniker Revise CMW has disciplined him in a variety of mediums and styles. Won is also an avid beer drinker and is heavily involved in the food and beverage industry as a promoter and coordinator of beer events with a focus on up and coming brewers such as the Brew Ha-ha, Iron Brew, Under the Influence, and Brew Ho-ho to name a few. He also hosts many other beer-centered events and prepares 5 course beer dinners with a variety of breweries at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park.

The barbecue takes place every Monday (weather permitting) in our expanded outdoor patio which allows our customers to relax and enjoy the spring-like breezes with a refreshing cocktail or quenching seasonal beer.

As always, the barbecue takes place at 5:30 PM in the outside patio with free brats, kimchee to spice up the palette and various side dishes to warm your soul and fill your appetite. We heartily recommend arriving early before all the food and fixings are gone.

July 5: Salsa Truck Comes to Maria’s Tonight!



BRIDGEPORT — Hungry barflies, take note.

Late-night eats are coming to Maria’s Community Bar on July 5, courtesy of The Salsa Truck.

The city’s first licensed mobile food preparer will make a cameo at the bar, 960 W. 31st St., from 9 p.m.-midnight on July 5. More food trucks are expected to visit the bar throughout the summer.

The Salsa Truck is operated by Dan Salls, a financial adviser who quit his lucrative gig to chase his dream of operating a food truck, a converted former ice cream truck he’s transformed into a mobile taco-slinging, salsa-making tour de Mexican food force.

Here’s a look at The Salsa Truck’s menu:

Taco lunch: $10
Two tacos, chips and two salsas and a drink

Tacos a la carte: $3

  • Al pastor (tender pork belly in homemade adobo with pineapple)
  • Carne asada (skirt steak marinated in mojo sauce)
  • Carnitas (pork shoulder rubbed in ‘the salsa truck blend’ and shredded)
  • Pollo (slowly roasted and shredded chicken in adobo sauce)
  • Chorizo (house-cured chorizo with chilis, cider vinegar and agave nectar)
  • Rajas (peppers, onion, seasonal ingredients with lime)

Chips and guacamole: $4
Chips and 2 salsas: $3


  • Salsa de la casa (“the recipe that started it all”)
  • Verde (tomatillo, Serrano, agave nectar, lime)
  • Roasted tomatillo/chipotle (tomatillo, chipotle, cilantro, lime)
  • Roja (fire-roasted tomato, chili guajillo, chile arbol, chili morita)


Happy Birthday America


You know what it’s like in the city during the fourth. Enjoy patio views of
Bridgeport’s finest alley fireworks teams.

DJ Logan Bay brings the party. You bring the bottle rockets.


July 3: Community Grant Night with PNAP

On July 3 we are hosting another Community Grant Night for a great cause!
Please come out this Thursday July 3 to support Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) at Maria’s Community Bar!

Proceeds from the bar will go to support PNAP classes at Stateville Prison and our fall exhibition. In addition, we’ll be raising funds by raffling off new art books! Tickets will be for sale throughout the night but you can receive yours for free by supporting our book drive:

Bring books to donate to the PNAP resource room at Stateville prison and get tickets for our raffle! We need art, literature, non fiction books and dictionaries (in English or Spanish).

-Order a “Community Grant” drink at the bar
-Donate books at the door
-Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes!

– Maria’s takes credit but our raffle is CASH ONLY
-Raffle will take place at 9:30, must be present to win.

Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) is a coalition of artists, writers and scholars who organize arts and humanities classes to people at Stateville prison. Each year, scholarly and creative work is developed in the prison that is then exhibited in neighborhood galleries.

Learn more about P+NAP here: http://p-nap.org/what.html


Community Grant Night for ElevArte


JUNE 24 Community Grant Night

Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 7-10pm

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W 31st St)


The purpose of Community Grant Night is to raise money for worthwhile projects by local artists, neighborhood organizations and valuable social groups. The concept is plain and simple: You order a special cocktail or beer ( a Paloma punch or a Lagunitas Ipa), and  Maria’s gives 100% of the proceeds to the specified grant recipient. On June 24, Maria’s will raise funds for ElevArte Community Studio a non-profit arts studio based in Pilsen.

StreetScaping to Maria’s KoPo BBQ


Hey there check out the Version Festival Program for Monday June 23!

Monday, June 23, 2014 •  4pm – 6pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)
RSVP Only Event $5

Take a tour of recent guerrilla streetscaping and tactical urbanism projects by residents of Bridgeport. We 3219 S Morgan Street visit a few unique spaces in the neighborhood, talk with the artists behind the new mural on the Co-Prosperity Sphere, take a peak at a few tactical urbanism initiatives and end with a dinner and discussion at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar during their weekly Korean Polish BBQ. Guest Kimchee by Chef Beverly Kim of Parachute!

Maria’s at Rengade Mini Market


On Sunday, June 22, from Noon to 6pm  you should join us for The Placemakers Summit and The Renegade Mini Market at Mana Contemporary Chicago over at 2233 S Throop St. It’s a great place to meet yer makers.. Maria’s is slangin’ beer and more in our little market bar.  See ya there.

After the mini market we are also going to:
The Never the Same Artists Congress Potluck
Sunday, June 22, 2014 • 5 – 8:30pm
McGuane Park / Palmisano Park
Meet us on the top of the hill for the Artist Congress Summer Bar BBQ and Unfurling Book Release.

Join us for a summer social – a chance to continue the conversation. Bring food and beverage for a potluck picnic. Ginger beer provided by Maria’s Packaged Goods. If it rains we are meeting at Maria’s!