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Join us for the release of Chicago’s Half-Acre Brewery newest beer, Chocolate Camaro. Chocolate Camaro is coco rich and lactose silk surrounds roasty notes to offer this stout a firm stance. 6% ABV.

Prairie Moon will also feature additional Half Acre beers with options to pair with Chef Matt O’Neill’s dishes created just for these particular Half Acre beers.

Pony Pils – 5.8% ABV
Pony Pilsner is a firm take on the classic German style aimed to quench the masses. German hops and malts are braided together to release the crisp awakening your summer self needs. A very good way to start your tasting experience!
Meatball Slider 
Beef meatball / braised cabbage / mustard remoulade
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Taco Day- Pale Ale- 6.5% ABV
If you had it last time we brewed it, you’ll remember some tastefully foreign hop qualities. You’ll again be knocked off balance when hit with the charm of 07270. This experimental varietal of hops is being described in many ways at our brewery. A lot of juicy derivatives, an array of bong driven superlatives and a series of tree and fruit benchmarks. What’s important is that people are digging through their sensory rolodex to find ways to explain new qualities. Hop growers are being pushed by the rabid interest in expanding the profile hops can create. Science and farming collide to twist on you in new ways. Taco Day takes note of the culinary institution that is tacos. You love tacos.
Calamari Tacos
Fried calamari / jalapeño tartar / arugula / pico de gallo
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Chocolate Camaro- Milk & Cacao Stout – 6% ABV
Coco richness and lactose silk surround roasty notes to offer this stout a firm stance. Also launching for this event for the first year ever, will be Chocolate Camaro on Nitro!!! So come out and check out what a different type of gas does to the texture of the beer and how it changes your perception of the taste! Have it on Co2 and Nitro and then decide which way is best!
Pork Wings
Mini pork shanks / peanut cocoa bbq sauce / creamed corn

 

Half Acre Chocolate Camaro at Prairie Moon

Join us Friday, August 14 for Chicago’s own Lagunitas Brewing tap takeover at Prairie Moon with pairings by Chef Matt O’Neill.
Pils, Czech style Pilsner, 6% ABV, 35 IBU
Lagunitas only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it light and crisp.

PAIRED WITH
Shrimp and Gazpacho
E-Z peels with a sweet corn and tomato gazpacho, citrus cocktail sauce
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Little Sumpin’ Extra, More Wheat-esque-ish-ness, 8.7% ABV, 72 IBU
Lots of wheat for a curious malt complexity and leaving it light in color

PAIRED WITH
Oysters on the half shell/tomato bacon fennel jam
James River Oysters served with a dollop of sweet, savory, fragrant, and smoky jam.
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Fusion XXX, Belgian Pale Ale, 7.1% ABV
A Superbly Specatacular Sauvignon Sauvin Saisonesque Summer Sipper. Sweeeeeeeeet!

PAIRED WITH
Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Pounded and breaded tenderloin slider on a pretzel roll / pickle slaw / garlic fries

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Fusion XXXI Mozango, American IPA, 7.6% ABV
A wheat-heavy IPA with Mosaic hops and mango juice. Perfect for summer drinking!

PAIRED WITH
Octopus and Chorizo
Grilled octopus over a chorizo and potato hash with sautéed cherry tomatoes and a habanero yogurt sauce

Prairie Moon is pleased to welcome Dogfish Brewery and some of its great beers to pair with Chef Matt O’Neill’s menu this Friday, August 7.

Dogfish 60 Minute, India Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV, 60 IBU
Oysters on the Half Shell with Smoked Trout Mousse
Half dozen James River VA. oysters / creamy smoked lake trout mousse
 
Festina Peche, Berliner Weisse, 4.5% ABV, 8 IBU
Peel n’ Eat Cocktail Shrimp with Crawfish Ceviche
E-Z peel Shrimp / crawfish ceviche / mango chili sauce / plantain chips
 
American Beauty, Imperial Pale Ale, 9.0% ABV, 55 IBU
Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Cheese with Fruit and Veg Salad
Farmers Market heirloom and pub cheese in grilled brioche / salad of portabella, asparagus, pickled strawberries, ‘miracle whip’ vineagrette, pistachio granola, edible flowers
 
Theobrama, Ancient Ale, 9.0% ABV, 8 IBU
Cocoa Sirloin and Yuca Fries
Grilled sirloin rubbed with cocoa, ancho, and espresso / carrot buttermilk puree / saluted Swiss Chard and caramelized onions / yuca fries / chocolate chipotle BBQ sauce

July 24 is Belgian Independence Day and we’re celebrating with an amazing selection of Belgian beers, food pairing, our Raw Bar.

CLICK HERE TO Check out our Menu with Belgian Beer Pairings.

 

RAW BAR SPECIALS:

$1.50 oysters
$12.95 Large ex peel shrimp
Flight & Stone Special
Half dozen oysters & Belgian flight $20
Belgian Independence Flight $13

Belgian Beers

Rare Vos
Amber Ale, 6.5% ABV
A clever fox knows when to stop, and at the end of a long day the
reward of choice should be a Rare Vos, also know as the Sly Fox. Named
after a Brussels pub famous for bicycling contests and pigeon races,
Rare Vos is a mpst quaffable brew. It’s well balanced on every front
with slightly spicy notes from grains of paradise and sweet orange
peel. This Belgian-Style cafe ale is mellow, spicy

La Chouffe Houblon
IPA Tripel, 9% ABV
Houblon Chouffe was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an Indian
Pale Ale, characterised by a harmonious balance between a pleasant
fruitiness and pronounced bitterness by using three types of hops.
Houblon Chouffe is an unfiltered beer which is refermented both in the
bottle and in barrels.

Tripel
9.2% ABV
This limited edition Belgian-Style Tripel honers Belgian Independence
Day- July 21, 1831. In a new world twist on an old world style,
joining Ommegang innovation with Belgian tradition in celebration of
the Belgian revolution and the American craft beer revolution. Dry
hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops, this unique beer offers fruity
aromatics, well integrated honeyed malt character, and a delightful
overlay of tangerine and sweet citrus notes.

Duvel Tripel Hop
Hopped Tripel, 9.5% ABV
Duvel is traditionally brewed with two hop varieties. Duvel Tripel Hop
is brewed with three hop varieties and each year the third hop is
changed to provide its own unique taste and aroma. This keeps the
final flavor profile surprisingly exciting for any true beer lover.
For 2015 brewers selected the aromatic hop EQUINOX from the USA.
Thanks to the third additional hop variety Equinox, the 2015 selection
is characterized with the aroma of grapefruit, lemon and a hint of
fresh green pepper. Equinox hops are added again during ‘dry-hopping’,
extracting additional hop aromas into the beer. The higher aromatic
intensity rounds out the beer, backing the final alcohol content of
9.5%.

Friday, July 17, 2015
Celebrate St Arnoldus, the patron saint of Belgian beer, who famously said to his congregation, “drink beer, not water” during a plague epidemic. Then they all went on a pub crawl!

Belgian Beers:
Cuvee des Jacobins $10
Seef Beer $7
Tripel Karmeleit $ 8
Ter Dolen Kriek $ 8
Flight $14

Introducing… THE PRAIRIE MOON RAW BAR

Oysters-on-the Half-Shell $1.50 each
Half-Pound of Large EZ-Peel-n-Eat Shrimp Cocktail $12.95
Javier’s Gulf Shrimp & Blue Crab Ceviche $11.95
*Flight and Half-Dozen Oysters $20!

Dear Dad,

You are a great dad, and we want to reward you with the greatest gift of all: a belly full of amazing food… and beer.  We are going to treat you to a full-on, no-holds-barred, bbq buffet, PLUS, a FREE BEER! And not only that, there’s a… get ready for this… a HOT DOG CART!!!! That’s right. A hot dog cart full of steamed, 100% all beef, ballpark franks.

To see the full Man-Brunch Menu (the only one like it in all of Evanston, maybe the world!) click HERE!

Did we say we love you?

Love,

Your kid(s)!

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Expected thank you note from Dad:

Dear Kids,

Thank you so much for my most amazing Father’s Day. The only thing that can come close to the warmth and love I have for you is the Man-Brunch at Prairie Moon. The Father’s Day brunch buffet was tremendous. I could have stayed there grazing all day. I do appreciate you bringing a wheelbarrow to roll me to the car! That was considerate of you, but, quite frankly, it is testimony to my quality parenting.

I will never forget the smoked meats, fresh seafood, salads, FREE BEER, Malted Mooncakes…. HOT DOG CART and so much more.

Thank you for the great day and great meal. You made a wonderful memory for me.

Love,

Dad

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FOR RESERVATIONS TO THE EVANSTON’S FATHER’S DAY MAN-BRUNCH FEATURING THE MAN-BRUNCH BUFFET, HOT DOG CART AND FREE BEER… call 847-86-8328.

Chicago Craft Beer WeekAs part of Prairie Moon’s participation in Chicago Craft Beer Week, 2015, please join us Thursday, May 21 for a very special night of the most local beer & food you can get.  Evanston’s Sketchbook Brewing takes over five of our taps with each beer paired with a dish equally delicious from Chef Matt O’Neill.

Sketchbook’s beers and brewers have won dozens of medals at beer contests and festival around the country and has developed a huge and passionate following of beer lovers, the staff at Prairie Moon among them. We can’t wait to taste what’s on tap.

Chef Matt O’Neill is one of our secret weapons. Known for his fabulous pop-up dinners, we love to share his culinary creations with you at the moon. See below for all of Sketchbook beers at Prairie Moon and Chef O’Neill’s menu.

SKETCHBOOK BEERS & CHEF MATT O’NEILL’S PAIRINGS

Cumulus 
Hefeweizen
4.2% ABV
15 IBU
A traditional, refreshing German cloudy wheat beer with a delicate balance of banana and clove aroma and flavor, as the Bavarians like it. This style has defied the German purity law since 1520 for it’s amazing flavor. Now here’s your chance.
Pairing: Bratwurst Slider
Brat patty, pretzel bun, sauerkraut, cherry mustard, apple-bacon hash, horseradish cream

Honey Bird
Honey Basil Pale Ale
5.7% ABV
44 IBU
This beer brings to you a soft malt flavor, the aroma of North Dakota clover honey, and a subtle minty and peppery flavor from Thai Holy Basil (Húng Quế). The result is an extremely enjoyable and refreshing pale ale. It will take care of your stress.
Pairing: Grilled Octopus 
Grilled tentacles, chipillini onions, mango-honey puree, basil parsley salad

Orange Door
India Pale Ale
7.2% ABV
71 IBU
A serious IPA with tons of dry hop character bringing citrus and piney aromas on a beautiful malt backbone. Dry hopped twice for bold grapefruit and other citrus flavors that are contrasted by the malt
Pairing: Hush Puppies
Golden fried, roasted jalapeno aioli, jicama slaw

Kedzie Street
India Red Ale
5.6% ABV
70 IBU
The deep flavors of darker malts and bright hops characterize this red ale. Like an IPA with added roastiness.

Pairing: Pork and Beans 
Pulled pork, Swiss chard, white beans, fried egg

FOR RESERVATIONS, please call us at 847-864-8328

 

New Holland Flight Night
6.19.2014
Full Circle (4.9% ABV; 26 IBU)
A Kolsch-style beer, Full Circle is a refreshing celebration of this brewery’s belief in balance.
Michigan Awesome Hatter (5.8% ABV; 55 IBU)

The epitome of Hand Crafted, Michigan Awesome Hatter is an IPA that celebrates community, collaboration & local agriculture. Cascade hops from the Leelanau Peninsula provide bright citrusy counterpoint to the delicious and earthy malt notes from Michigan grown and malted 2-row barley. Thanks to our collaborators, Michigan Awesome.

The Poet (5.2% ABV; 37 IBU)

Pale ale, Munich, Crystal, and Chocolate Malts make up the grain bill in this Oatmeal Stout, with Glacier and Nugget hops to round everything out. Oats bring a creaminess and soft mouth-feel to rich, roasty malt character.

Dragon’s Milk Reserve (11% ABV; 51 IBU)

A delicious, velvety stout aged in oak with Chili de Arbol peppers. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of Dragon’s Milk as spice slowly warms your palate.

Founder’s Brewing Co. is coming to the Moon this Tuesday!

In honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, we’ll be tapping the rare and delicious Founder’s KBS, along with their All Day IPA, Rübæus, and Barrel Aged Red’s Rye. Try all four in a flight, or enjoy a pint of your favorite!

All Day IPA (4.7% ABV)

All day keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. Naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

Rübæus (5.7% ABV)

Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

[Barrel Aged] Red’s Rye (6.6% ABV)

Red’s Rye has serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish. Then barrel it and put it in a cave for a few months and you get something very special.

KBS (11.2 % ABV)

KBS is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.

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In addition to the flights, we’ll have a limited number of last year’s KBS in the bottle for those who’d like to taste the difference from year to year.

Come on by and enjoy some amazing and rare Founder’s brew with the Prairie Moon & Founder’s crews!

Cheers!

 

Our sister restaurant/brewpub Moxee & Madmouse Brewery is finally open at 724 W Maxwell St in Chicago!  We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for their patience and support this past year. It means the world to us. We love each and every one of you, and hope to see your friendly faces at Moxee very soon!

Check out Moxee’s menus via the links below:

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::Cocktails::

Madmouse’s very own Schnickelfritz (Kolsch) and Ratmandu (Pale Ale) are on tap now! Cheers :-)