Wed June 8 6-8pm : Community Grant Nite with Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour

7YLMkIYvTma5uZMpFiHPDGoDfEZZQgzjUc4l3JRQ6_q9G8P8oqKfW94uQVJrxDQ9plAFTolGW3r4IJLAllCFSSepMUC3_tDF_ggfTkY1ghhT1boQqA-R3z5TXSFIsfb73YMo-vRjBgAm6g-4SvwUZUeQnfU=s0-d-e1-ft This Wednesday is a Maria’s Community Grant Nite! Join the Grassroots Collaborative for the People’s Power Hour: justice seeking people mingling and plotting a people’s makeover for our city. And with delicious beverages! On Wednesday, June 8, from 6 – 8 pm, Maria’s is  offers a specialty beverage to help us raise funds for the Collaborative during our community grant night. Drop by, have a drink, and… kaching! $3 from each Palmer’s Pint ($8) will be donated back to the Collaborative! A Palmer Pint is a delicious combination of house ginger peach infused vodka, black tea, & organic lemonade. Bring friends! Get ready for a summer of impact. Find out how you can join the fight back. Get to know some of the instigators in the grassroots led fight against austerity and budget cuts. Be the first to know about upcoming opportunities for organizing and creating community.

Kimski Commercial 3

Our friends at Daily Planet Productions ( Chicago ) made this video for Kimski at Maria’s. Director: Michael Gabriele Photographer: John Boehm Executive Producer: Scott Marvel Art Department: Johanna Wawro, Suzanne Wolcott PA: Jeannine Ringland-Zwirn, Emily Barber Editor: Michael Gabriele Mix: Matthew Hane Color Correction: Jeff Altman Graphics: Jon Adler, Dan Moore, James Lee, Alyssa Barrett

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 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