On Wednesday, May 21 Chicago’s leader in craft beer invites guests to an exclusive taste of rare beer offerings and paired menu items


Howells & Hood


(CHICAGO, IL; May 1, 2014)—On Wednesday, May 21Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) invitesAnderson Valley Brewing Company to showcase five of their rarest beers coming to the Midwest as part ofChicago Craft Beer Week 2014. The beverage team, along with Executive Chef Scott Walton, invites Chicagoans to sip on highly sought-after craft brews from the California-based brewery while tasting beer-infused menu items.

Beginning at 6pm, Brewery representatives Charlie Carson and Ian J McCarten will be on-hand to discuss seasonal, rare crafts and answer questions from local beer enthusiasts. Additionally, Carson and McCarten will provide insights in to their beer naming process using Boontling, a 19th century language used in the isolated farming and logging community of Anderson Valley. Keeping the language alive, the brewery, along with many local businesses, still currently speak the jargon.

As an authority in Chicago’s craft brew scene, Howells & Hood will receive the “lion’s share” of Anderson Valley’s supply brought to the Chicago area. Throughout the event, craft selections will be served in full-sized ($8 – $16) and 6-ounce tasting portions ($4 – $8). The most exclusive featured craft will be the Peachy Barl Sour Ale(5.7% ABV). This brew is created by aging Anderson Valley’s Mowkeef Saison in local wine “barls” with fresh peach puree and the brewery’s proprietary wild Horse Tongue Wheat culture for two years. Additional exceptional crafts and special menu items include:


Featured Beers

Boont Amber (5.8% ABV, 15 IBU)

Hints of sun toasted grain, toffee, and fruity esters compliment the mellow, noble hop aroma

Heelch O’Hops Double IPA (8.7% ABV, 100 IBU)

Pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors are intertwined with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish

Nettied Madge (6.5% ABV, 50 IBU)

A Cascadian dark ale/black IPA dominated by a pronounced hop aroma of pine and spruce with subdued notes of fresh cut wood and special herbs

The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose (4.2% ABV)

With a bright, golden color and tight, creamy head, the earthy wood undertones develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit


The Peachy Barl Sour Ale, (5.7% ABV)

Soft aromas of peach and dried fruits, with a refreshing tart finish

Craft Beer Flight

“Unknown Favorites” Flight

Great Divide Colette Farmhouse Saison

Green Flash West Coast IPA

Southern Tier Un*Earthly Double IPA

Ommegang Three Philosophers Belgian Quadruple/Lambic

Beer-Infused Cuisine

Lagunitas IPA Slagel Farms Pork Bratwurst

Spicy Beer Mustard, Beer Braised Sweet Onions

Likewise, The Boundary is hosting an Abita Craft Beer Week launch party on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Abita Brewing Company representative Mike Gingras will be on-hand to discuss each of the restaurant’s craft brew selections. To support continued relief efforts on behalf of hurricane Katrina victims, a portion of Abita product sales during the event will benefit Habitat Humanity’s Hurricane Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort.

For more information on Craft Beer Week specials occurring at all Bottleneck Management restaurants to include beer-infused menu items and craft beer flights, please visit,, (Chicago and Oak Brook locations). Additional information for the Anderson Valley Open House at Howells & Hood can be found at, or call 312.262.5310.


About Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave (entrance off Pioneer Court), features a menu that offers brilliant twists on American cuisine. With 114 local and global beers available at any given time, Howells & Hood features the largest draft selection in Chicago. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. 11am-11pm; Thurs-Sat. 11am-1am; and Sun. 10am-11pm. Entrees range from $12-$25 at lunch and $15-$39 during dinner. Live Blues Brunch is also available on Sundays, 10am-2pm.  For more information, please


About Bottleneck Management LLC

Bottleneck Management Inc. manages and operates premier restaurants and bars throughout Chicago. Founded in 2001, venues include Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St. & 8 Oak Brook Center), South Branch Tavern and Grille (100 S. Wacker Drive), Sweetwater Tavern and Grille (225 N. Michigan Ave.), The Boundary Tavern and Grille (1932 W. Division St.), and Trace (3714 N. Clark). By pushing the envelope in cutting edge design and product, Bottleneck Management is able to create unique experiences for Chicago neighborhoods and continues to be a leader in Chicago’s vibrant food and nightlife scene. For more information, please visit


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