4 Hands and Marz Community Brewing Co Rubus Flux Release Party

rubusflux 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

GRANDOPENING 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

Kimski_Avatar_SocialMedia_04_150707 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. Kimski_DSC4997_web Kimski_DSC4994_web    Kimski_DSC4980_web Kimski_DSC4941_web Kimski_DSC4960_web Kimski_DSC4938_web Kimski_DSC4933_web  Kimski_DSC4925_web Kimski_DSC4965_web Kimski_DSC4967_web Kimski_DSC4969_web

Kimski video

Check out our new video for Kimski, our kitchen/street food joint at Maria’s. We hope to be open soon!  

Ballast Point Tap Takeover March 29

ballastpoint770 Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar & Ballast Point presents: Tap Take-Over & Tasting • Tuesday, March 29 – (7–9 PM) Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar in conjunction with our friends at Ballast Point will be hosting a special Tap Take-Over & Tasting on Tuesday, March 29 between 7 and 9 PM. You’ll be able to meet master Cicerone Dave Kahle and Ballast Point representative Jorge Cordova to answer any and all Ballast Point questions and of course taste a selection of their specialty beers. We will be tapping the following special beers:   Pineapple Sculpin – 7% ABV Pineapple Sculpin medium bodied IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of their signature IPA. With many tropical hop notes, this Sculpin brew features sweet juicy pineapple with hints of grapefruit, orange and herbal essences. The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch. Watermelon Dorado – 10% ABV This American Double Imperial IPA has a dark copper color, a hoppy nose with touches of watermelon, citrus and pine notes. The Watermelon Dorado has a smooth dreamy taste and finishes with a slightly pepper bite. Mango Even Keel – 3.8 ABV This American IPA has notes of mango and hops is fairly sweet with touches of tangerine and grapefruit. It pours out in a deeply golden color with a dark body and frothy white head. It is a easy drinking brew, both light and crisp. Certainly, perfect for a spring night quencher. Sour Wench – 7% ABV Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that Ballast Point made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, it’s a great bridge beer into their sour styles.  

Vote for Best Beer Bar

banner-square Get vote out! Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has been nominated for 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest by USA TODAY. Their expert panel selected Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar as a contender for Best Beer Bar, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. You can cast your vote for Maria’s at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-beer-bar/marias-packaged-goods-community-bar-chicago/ Voting ends Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST, then later on USA TODAY. Unlike the current primaries for President, you can vote once every day until voting ends on Monday, February 29 at noon ET and help us here at Maria’s win USA TODAY’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Beer Bar. Now let’s keep the Chicago tradition of voting early and often.
Thanks for your support.

Funky Deep Vibes

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents… Tues Feb 19 – Bartender’s Choice unnamed (2) Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails Weds Feb 20 – Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez unnamed (3) A compilation of house music to italo disco from new wave to alternative rock. Thurs Feb 21 – Middle Eastern Funk, Psych & International Twists – DJ Catieo unnamed (4) Spinnin’ funk, psych from the 60s and 70s, garage-psych and psych-folk plus a range of unexpected international tunes Fri Feb 22 – Eclectic Ladyland – DJ Joe Bryl unnamed (5) An aural exploration into the wide reaches of recorded music showcasing the best in new releases, re-issues and rare crate diggin’ finds. Warm sounds, soothing cocktails and beers are flowing all night. Sat Feb 23 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers unnamed (6) Pairs rare electronic jams with strange cinematic gems for this multimedia extravaganza. Sun Feb 24 – The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Record Night – Host Glenn Russell plus special guests unnamed (7) Digging deep into little heard thrift store finds from the personal collection of some of Chicago’s groove merchants Mon Feb 25 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C unnamed (8) Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration

Join Us This Weekend For…

Sun Jan 17 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR unnamed (1) This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo Mon Jan 18 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C unnamed Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration

Level Eater 6.66 summons you…

Onsmith + Nudd Level Eater 6.66 summons you… The sixth annual edition of the fantasy art and gaming event, Level Eater, takes place on January 23, 2016 from 5pm-midnight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Come play Dungeons & Dragons with some of Chicago’s great Dungeon Masters! We’ll teach and play the new (5th Edition) of the game, using it to fight evil and save the land. Everything you need to play is provided for the event — but bring cash for beer, nosh, and maybe a magical treasure to help you in your quest against the Six Dire Demons Level Eater 6.66 features work by: Onsmith + Nudd, Catie Olson, Matt Hilker, Dillon Yothers, Erin Page, Barnaby Strueve, Albert Ugarte, Jake Meyers and others. The Dönermen Food Truck will be vending Teutonic street eats, and a mystery live performance is scheduled to amaze you. Extremely limited edition Level Eater 6.66 hoodies and merch will be available, too. Admission is $25. Entrance includes your choice of a Level Eater 6.66 T-shirt or a silk screen poser printed by our friends at Teetsy. You will also receive a complementary Level Eater ale made exclusively for this event by 3 Floyds and Marz Community Brewing Co. This past weekend 4 troubled heroes started a quest for a cursed treasure. Thus began the prequel to our annual Level Eater Show. Have a listen. rsvpblk This past weekend 4 troubled heroes started a quest for a cursed treasure. Thus began the prequel to our annual Level Eater Show. Have a listen.
If you wish to battle the Six Dire Demons during the live roleplaying session beginning at 8pm please sign up at the show or email ed@smallma.org to be put on the RSVP list and read on.. The Six Dire Demons vex and hex and bedevil the land. They are the children of a hellish demigod, aspects of forbidden might and profane power loosed upon us by the hubris of wicked warlords — and the promise of treasure. We battle not for riches, not for glory, but to save the land and its people from a generation of darkness that shall corrupt us all if these enemies see their plans fulfilled. Our only hope is to confront them all at once with steel and spells and wits — to bring the demons down before they can warn each other and unite to destroy our lands. We must defeat them. We have one night to band together into six groups of adventurers, one night to strike, one night to save the land from evil. And so we seek brave and hearty souls to carry blades and wield magic against these foes. More than that, we need heroes and heroines of cunning and courage, for the Six Dire Demons are not only fearsome but conniving and ingenious themselves. Each of them is a shade, a facet of ancient power, one lingering aspect of a dead demigod. They are: • The Lord of Fury • The Cat of a Thousand Deaths • The Baron of Blood and Bone • The Brilliant Countess of Acheron • The Thrice-Dead Witch • The Beautiful Horror
Proceeds of the Level Eater 6.66 show go to building WLPN, Lumpen Radio



Maria’s Top 10 Beers ( and Ciders) of 2015


If you are wondering what we thought kicked ass last year we asked our in house team of beer experts, brewer/bartenders and beverage directors what their favorite brews (and ciders) were for 2015. The lists are in no particular order and you will notice very little overlap.

What were your favorites?

Pat Gosset
Almanac – Farmers Reserve Blueberry

Almanac – Dog patch Cherry

Almanac – Barbary Coast

Alesmith – Speedway Stout

Crazy Mountain – Tequila Aged Lava Lake

Coedo – Shiro

Goose Island – BCBS Rare

Lagunitas – Waldo special ale

New Belgium – Felix

Oskar Blues – Death by Coconut
New Day – Imperial Breakfast Magpie

Eric Olson
Spiteful – Alley Time
Ballast Point – Grunion
Founders – Spectra Trifecta
Pipeworks – Lizard King
4 hands – resurrected
Central State – ottermellon
Transient – Ardent
Oskar Blues – Death by Coconut
Destihl – Dosvidanya
Marz – Rubys Tears

Ken Zawacki
9 Beers & 1 Cider
Pipeworks – Blood of The Unicorn (Can)
Almanac – Barbary Coast
Half Acre – Golden Tuna
Marz – Jungle Boogie
Anderson Valley – Briney Melon Gose
Surly Brewing – Todd The Axe Man
4 Hands/Pipeworks – Square Grouper
Maine Brewing Company – Lunch
Russian River – Consecration
Citizen Cider – bRosé

Gio Fretz
Vandermill Nunica Pine
Founders Blushing Monk
4 hands  Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Lagunitas ScareCity #3: High West-Ified  Imperial Coffee Stout
Marz – Jungle Boogie
Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin
The Bruery White Oak
Cigar City – Jai Alai IPA
21st Amendment Toaster Pastry

Daniel Bouchard
Buckledown – Belt & Suspenders
Two Brothers – Atom Smasher
Shorts – Spruce Pilsner
Ale Syndicate – Roe’s Hill
Spiteful – Working for the Weekend
Almanac – Dogpatch Sour
Lagunitas – Citrusinensis
4 Hands – Passion Fruit Prussia
Founders – Blushing Monk
Pipeworks – Twin Pines Mall