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.

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Rye High Collaboration tonight

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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

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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.

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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

 
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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 

Eclectic Evenings & Choice Cuts

Tues Aug. 25 – Evening Becomes Eclectic – DJ Zach Edwards

’60s rock through ’80s pop.

Weds Aug. 26 – The Burying Ground Gospel Showcase – DJ William Luck

Powerful Gospel music from 1950-1980

Thurs Aug 27 5:30-7pm – On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting
Maria’s and Ballast Point will be hosting a special On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting. 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.

 
Thurs Aug 27 – Everything merges with the night – DJs: Jillian Musielak & Tom Owens

Each month we will choose a card from the “oblique strategies” deck, as developed by Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt.  These cards contain simple phrases or cryptic remarks that can be used to inspire creative thought.  We will be using them to determine our musical theme each month.  As a general rule, we will be playing house, ambient, experimental, and psychedelic music from around the globe. This month’s card reads “ask your body.


 
Fri Aug 28 –  Super Cutz – DJ Joe Bryl
A night of dance beats galore featuring breakbeats from around the globe including funk, Latin boogaloo, house, Brazilian, techno, reggae, boogie, African, electro, jazz, acid and other beats for movin’ & groovin’.
 
Sat. Aug. 29 – Music, All styles: DJ Logan Bay

An eclectic electronic music journey

Sun Aug 30 – Bartender’s Choice

Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails
 
Mon Aug 31 – 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)

Smooth Grooves & Eclectic Vibes

This week at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar…

Tues. Aug. 18 – The Luck of Lucien Presents: Smoothest Grooves in the Galaxy

The Immortal Smooth Daddy: The Luck of Lucien, brings to you a collection of funky and smooth music amassed from every corner of the galaxy. Offering you pleasure in 7 and 12 inches, 2nd Tuesdays at Maria’s promises to be an intergalactic evening of funky beats and sweet libations. Hot Wax for all.

Weds. Aug. 19 –  Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez

A compilation of house music to italo disco from new wave to alternative rock.

Thurs. Aug. 20 – Middle Est Melodies & Garage Psych – DJ Catieo

Spinnin’ Middle Eastern melodies from the 60s and 70s, Les Mogul where Turkish folk meets fuzz rock, more of Omar Khorshid, Raks Raks Raks from Iran, Persian pop from the Pomengranates, Siluetler, Turkish garage rock, and experimental electronic music while dipping into psychadelic and rock n’ roll tunes from the 60s and 70s including Argentina’s Los Walkers, Los Moonlights, The Seasons, The Knights of Uruguay, and many other trippy rockin’ tunes.

Fri. Aug. 21 – Eclectic Ladyland – DJ Joe Bryl

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. Aug. 22 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers

Pairs rare electronic jams with strange cinematic gems for this multimedia extravaganza.

Sun. Aug. 23 – The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Record Night – Host Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina plus special guests

Digging deep into little heard thrift store finds from the personal collection of some of Chicago’s groove merchants

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At Co-Prosperity – Homebrewer’s Ball: 4-7 PM

Mon. Aug. 24 – 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)

Secret South Side Spins

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The “Don’t Stop the Draft” Happy Hour drink specials will feature our specialty summer draft cocktail selections from 4-7 PM. These cocktails include . . .
Rosemary Fizz 
Gin, House made rosemary simple, organic lemon juice
Tequila Sunset
Blanco Tequila, Aperol, Lime, Agave simple
Palmers Pint
House ginger peach infused vodka, Black tea & Organic lemonade
These draft cocktails are priced for the Happy Hour @ $5 (regularly priced @ $8 at non-Happy Hour times) and are perfect thirst quenchers for these hot and humid Chicago summers. Happy Hour Specials run weekly from Sunday through Thursday and from 4 until 7 PM.

Tues Aug 11 – Lechstafari

Spinning the best in funk, soul, Afrobeat, disco and boogie

Weds. Aug 12 –  Secret Crush – DJ Cotton Fantasy, Coach Orenstrong, Princey Baby
The infectious sounds of boogie, new wave, soul, and soft rock — all vinyl, all good vibes, all night. Come dance with us all night long. Bring your secret crush.

Thurs. Aug. 13 – Tropical Liaisons – DJ Alan Van Kowski

Join us monthly for bringing you the best in International Underground Dance Music. Traveling to Miami and Ibiza isn’t necessarily required.
Fri. Aug. 14 –  Spins & Needles – DJ Clark Quente
A night is dedicated to ‘the format of integrity’ – vinyl! That’s right kids; All vinyl. All night. From Mod rockers to psychedelic soul, from righteous jazz tracks to dub plates and Brazilian Tropicalia to tripped-out dance beats.
Sat. Aug. 15 – Stranger Days – DJ Logan Bay plus special guests
Electric, New Wave and just plain Weirdness
Sun. Aug. 16 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR
This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo

Mon. Aug. 17 – 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)