Illuminated Brew Works Beer Tapping at Maria’s – Weds Jan 11 – 6-9 PM

Please join us at Maria’s (960 W. 31st St) for a winter beer tapping featuring 4 premier beers from Illuminated Brew Works on Wednesday, January 11 (6-9 PM) including . . .

Jinx Remover – Brett Pale Ale 5.1% ABV
Illuminated wanted to make something with a caramel heart with a dose of acidity. Using a tart finishing yeast and a pale ale grist they then blended the base beer with their 100% brett fermented Cult of Ed to help accentuate the floral notes of the dry hopped base.  The result is a highly sessionable beer with about four distinct points of flavor.
Marble Faun – Cherry Rye Farmhouse 5.4% ABV
They built a delicious rye farmhouse and finished it with sour cherry puree to create a sipper both complex and fruity.
Black Lodge – Cherry Coffee Stout 8.3% ABV
In tribute to Special Agent Dale Cooper and all his hard work on the Blue Rose case, we’ve added Abacus coffee and sour cherry puree to our Black Maw stout.  Every day you should give yourself a treat.
All Colors of the Dark – Barrel Aged Sour Stout 7.8% ABV
All Colors of the Dark takes their Black Maw black licorice stout and aged it for a year and a half in FEW rye barrels letting the Rodenbach blend of yeast and bugs work their magic. They then blend and balance that back with a farmhouse aged on the same bugs to create a rich tapestry of dark and sweet fruits balanced on an inky black base.
This will be a great opportunity to taste some of these wonderful winter warmers and take a leisurely break from the bitter cold weather. Enjoy!
For further information contact Pat Gossett by emailing pjg0180 at

Vittles @ Maria’s – Weekly Sunday Brunch Starting Sun Jan 8: 12-4pm

Indulge yourself in a warming winter brunch repast for our Vittles @ Maria’s starting Sunday, January 8 between noon to 4pm. Chef Tony Fregoso of Kimski will be introducing his weekly Sunday brunch menu bringing in the new year. The month of January will feature seasonal specialties with an emphasis on Southern cooking. Each following month’s offerings will change giving our Vittles brunch new twists and tastes.

Featured brunch items:

FLAKEY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & SAWMILL GRAVY: house made sausage-gravy, fresh baked biscuits, & two eggs any style. $11
CORNED BEEF HASH: house-corned beef, red potato, onion, bell pep- per, scallion, & two eggs any style. $13
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: full stack, bourbon-maple syrup, & two eggs any style. $10
HUNGRY PERSON BREAKFAST: two eggs any style, choice of meat, toast, hashbrowns, & grits. $13
EGGS BENEDICT: canadian bacon, poached eggs, house hollandaise, &
hashbrown $11

EGGS, ANY STYLE one or two $2 / $3
SIDE OF BREAKFAST MEAT: housemade sausage, bacon or canadian bacon. $4
SIDE OF BREAD: housemade white toast, akey buttermilk biscuits, or English muf n. $1.50 toast, $3 for biscuits or English muf n
SHORT STACK OF PANCAKES: two silver dollar pancakes. $3
GRITS: sweet or savory. $4
HOPPIN JOHN: slow simmered black eyed peas, parsley & chives served with rice. Vegan, vegetarian, or w/pork. $5 veg, $6 w/pork
COLLARD GREENS: Vegan, vegetarian or w/pork. $5 veg, $6 w/pork
SEASONAL FRUIT: served with vanilla yogurt and granola. $5

COUNTRY FRIED STEAK: served with sawmill gravy, hashbrown, &
two eggs any style. $13


A Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza @ Maria’s

Slip on your disco high-heeled shoes, grab your glow stick, dab on your sparkling eyeliner and put on your androgynous clothing for a ballroom blitz on Saturday, December 31 and join us at Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar for our Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza. 

We’re combining parts of Soul Train, Glam Rock, Disco Boogie and 80’s New Wave Electro-Pop for an explosive celebration as we ring in 2017. 

DJ Glen Russell, the Disco Synth Godfather will be laying down the grooves to make you bump, hustle and shake your groove thang while our own personal Solid Gold Go-Go Dancers will be strutting their stuff

We’ll be decking out Maria’s in sparkling gold  and disco balls illuminating the rooms in shimmering light. Kimski’s will be passing out complementary h’dourves while Maria’s will be pouring some festive golden libations and amber-hued beers to get you in the proper mood. 

So join us for a night of pure decadence, debauchery and dancing for an evening of La Dolce Vita, the sweet life.

There is no cover for the Solid Gold New Years Eve Extravaganza. We start burning the candles at both ends at 8 PM and blowing them out at 3 AM.

Kimski presents Brunch-Ski Holiday Gala Day Party Extravaganza – Sun Dec 18 (2-5:30 PM)

Join us at Kimski (960 W. 31st St) on Sunday, December 18 between 2-5:30 PM and indulge yourself in a warming winter repast for our Brunch-Ski Holiday Gala Day Party Extravaganza. Chef Tony Fregoso will be previewing his weekly Sunday brunch menu coming up in the new year. You’ll also be able to fill yourself with some potent spirits and tasty brews at Maria’s plus our own special Bloody Mary’s. To further add to the festivities we’ll be joined by a crew of Chicago’s premier DJ’s and mix-masters including Lady D, John Simmons, John Mork, Juano and Karl Almaria. 

So, for a brunch out of the ordinary, pop into our party extravaganza for your pre-holiday fill of food, fun, and music.
The brunch will be followed by the regular Kimski Dinner Menu between 6-9 PM.

Special BBQ Menu at Kimski this December 6 thru December 11


We asked Chef Tony to cut loose and freak us with some exceptional smoked meats and BBQ action at Kimski this week. Enjoy.

New Zealand Venison Sloppy Joe along with Pickled Jalapeños, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Mixed Greens with a Walnut-Sage Vinagrette.

Char Siu Rib Tips with Potato Wedges  and Homemade Bread.
Hong Shao Rou ( Braised Pork Belly)  with Poached Bok Choy and White Rice.

Pepper Crusted Smoked Brisket with Brussels, Bacon and Root Vegetables

Smoked & Braised Hoisen Short Rib with Cauliflower Pureé  and Puffed Rice.


Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…
Tuesday, November 8 PM – Free, No Cover 
960 W 31st Street, Chicago, Il


Join us at Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar on election night, Tuesday November 8, as we watch the results roll in for our “ELECTION BREW HA HA“. Starting at 8 PM, we’ll all be glued to the TV to see if either Hillary “The Shady Lady” Clinton or Donald “The Orange Crush” Trump wins this no-hold-barred, winner-take-all grudge match that we’re calling “THE VOTE’S ON US BATTLE ROYALE”. 
Like the rest of the nation, we’ll be nervously watching the results during the evening. We’ll be screening the results on our video projectors that’ll bring you closer to the action as the votes get tallied. Some political pugilistic prognosticators have called this season’s contest the “Thriller Without Any Winner” yet we feel that it’ll go until the final round, late into the night with possibly neither candidate conceding defeat. You can watch as Hillary weaves from right to center and to left changing positions with the ease of a seasoned veteran as Trump jabs and flails away incoherently often relying on his famous “Rope A Dope Voter” fighting stance while shouting “Get her out of here!”. The question is, will Hillary at long last win the crown after many years of bruising political combat or will her apprentice hungry opponent capitalize on the nation’s malaise and sheer apathy and economically find a way to land a knockout punch. Only the referees of the Electoral College will decide the winner by telling the loser “You’re fired!”
While cheering on your favorite fighter you’ll also be able to quench your thirst (for compromise your ideals) with our specially made “Election Selection” cocktails. Maria’s expert mixologists and political pundits have created these powerful political potions that we hope will reflect and capture the nature and personality of those individuals who aspire and perspire for the presidency.
The Election Selection: 
The Chillary – This frigid bracer has sometimes left those on the Left out in the cold since it is sometimes is served watered down and has changed its ingredients over decades of tinkering. This wine slushie (aka whine slush fund me) is concocted with Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Nectar and Suze liquor However, our bartenders have given it a new twist that is somewhat saucy yet traditional but with a bitter aftertaste that will leave you with a slight Berning sensation.
The Trump Screw You Driver – This potent potable made from vodka, turmeric simple syrup, orange juice and a turmeric-ancho pepper rim for a little bite. It has been known to bring on a rapid deterioration of normal thought processes causing confusion, hallucinations of grandeur and senseless babble. After two of these people have been known to have intense perceptual disturbances such as visions of undocumented refugees and have awoken the next day with their skin turned to a dark orange hue. This cocktail is offered in two sizes, one regular (HUGE!) and one for those with smaller hands.
The Undercard Special: 
The Fernet Sanders – This gray haired pugilist/socialist has been fighting the good fight for his entire career. Know for his powerful left jab, his long-standing time in the ring has earned him many new young fans who have just recently been drawn to his tenacity and verve. His passion and skill in and outside of the ring has seen him outlast many younger opponents in his numerous political battles and scuffles. Our Fernet Sanders is made with bourbon, Letherbee Fernet, simple Syrup and Angostura bitters (especially added for those who are still bitter about the selection process). 

All drinks are $9
Kimski Specials include the Grab the Bun Burger and the I Have No Choice Burger!

Maria’s: Making Cocktails Great Again!

There is no cover for the event.


Maria‘s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Brunchlox, and Kimski presents… 

Sunday, Oct 30 (2-8 PM)
960 W 31st Street, Chicago Il

Kimski is making Brunch! Special menu for a special day. Catch it while you can. 

Featured Dishes:
Biscuits & Gravy – house made biscuits, homemade sausage gravy
Ko Po Slinger – scrambled eggs, hashed potatoes, veggie chili, scallions, sharp cheddar
Egg, Sausage, Potato platter
Tasso Ham and Eggs Benedict 

Maria’s will be offering Bloody Maria’s in addition to their 40+ draft beers, hundreds of bottles/cans, and delicious craft cocktails! Drink specials on the day as well.
A frightfully good reason to get out of bed on Halloween Weekend Sunday! Plenty of treats with tasty eats and beats! 

With DJs: 

ACIDMAN, MIDWAY HUSTLE (Mero + JSquare), M.A.P.S. (Mark Almaria + Sushi), GENGHISWON and KARL ALMARIA


Pumpkin Carving Night w/ New Belgium Brewery

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…


Pumpkin Carving Night w/ New Belgium Brewery
Saturday, October 29 (5 PM – 9 PM)
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588

You can make your mark on Saturday, Oct 29 between 5–9 PM when Maria’s with New Belgium Brewery will be presenting a Pumpkin Carving Night. Carving tools and pumpkins provided (no purchase necessary) for you to whittle away the hours. We also will be featuring some tasty autumnal beers that are perfect for the fall season.

Tappings include:

Pumpkick: What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing. Available in August-October 2016.

Le Terroir: Le Terroir: 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. Le Terroir is a complex blend of sour Felix, and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and, for 2016, Crystal hops. The result is a fruity, citrusy, winelike drink with a huge hop nose.

Hop Kitchen Bretta IPA: Follow the rules, keep on the straight and narrow, play it safe—isn’t it time you shook things up a bit? Life’s too exotic to stick to the familiar, so hop on the wild side with Bretta IPA. This Hop Kitchen release dares to cross wickedly wild Brettanomyces yeast with some of our favorite fruity hop varieties. Conditioned on two strains of Brettanomyces for a month, the IPA’s citrusy, piney hop notes courtesy of Equinox, Galaxy and Warrior riff off the yeast’s pineapple flavors, while rustic undertones emphasize a wild streak. Bring the funk and mix it up with Bretta IPA.

Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale: To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint.

For more information contact Eric Olson @

Avery Brewering Seasonal Specialties Tapping This Thursday

Maria‘s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…
Avery Brewering Seasonal Specialties Tapping
Thursday, October 27th – 5-9 PM
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588
With the change of the season so comes changes in drink habits. On these crisp nights that beckon for darker and maltier beers to warm us up from the autumnal chill we move to heavier, heartier and spicier brews. Whether one’s huddling around a campfire, pre-gaming for a trip to the pumpkin patch or relaxing with friends at Maria’s, we’re teaming up with Avery Brewing onThursday, Oct. 27 (5-9 PM) for a Seasonal Specialties Tapping to savor some toasty brews that bring the essence of fall festivities to life.

The Beers:
2017 Rumpkin
A monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. 18% ABV
6oz for $8
2017 Pump[KY]n
Bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter. 15% ABV
6oz for $8
The Kaiser
Gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent Noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest. 9% ABV
9oz for $6

Vanilla Bean Stout
A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout. 10.8% ABV
9oz for $7
And other Lower-ABV from Avery will be on tap as well.
So drop on by for some of these unique and creative brews from Avery Brewing to welcome in the season. Since 1993 Avery Brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles and categories. Their beers are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.
For further information contact Eric Olson @

Saturday, Sept 24: Ballast Point 20th Anniversary


We’re on Point!

Join us @ Maria’s on Sat Sept 24 @ 6 PM for a special Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover

Roots to Boots: Small batch beers from their R&D brewery (21 beers in all) including

American Wheat with Cherries, Belgian Tripel Ale, Biere de Garde, Schwarzbier, Double India Pale Ale, Sculpin, California Kolsch, California Amber, Copper Ale on Nitro, Calm Before the Storm, Grunion, The Commodore, Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Mango Even Ale, Watermelon Dorado and Two Firkins