Evanston has much to offer.
Big trees lake front art fairs world music, red brick garden walks climbing roses, well heeled picture book, soccer mom station wagon proud parents, shopping chain parking meter caffeine, international big brain tax base movie books, young and old high and low schooled and street, spice beat retiree hideaway blue and white everyday.
Evanston proffers two worlds on the bias, being a touch more suburb than city—a City Lite, so to speak.
The joint is rife with chardonnay and martinis, salmon dill, steaks and Za, mildly ethnic, zagat, yelp and hungry hound fast food fusion foodie favorites.
And as I wander it’s familiar streets, formerly of Wilmette and now all Chi-town, I thirst. Succor, succor the cry, and I look for a cold one.
But where oh where are the brewskis in this town? The Aiming Fluid? Swing Oil, Barley Sandwich, Wobbly Pop, the Ol’ Brown Bottle?
Bottle Shops What’s Tops.
• Davis Street Founding Father— Evanston #1 Liquors. The usual suspects and a solid selection of American craft beers and foreign favs. Both on shelves and cold to go. $$ so bring a little extra cake.
Evanston 1st Liquors: 1019 Davis St. (847) 328-9651.
• Chicago Ave. x2—Whole Foods for a reliable selection of craft four and sixers, overseas offerings and a handful of bombers—plus all the pallet pleasing foods possible, to pair with your purchase.
Whole Foods Markets: a. 1640 Chicago Ave. (847) 733-1600 and
b. 1111 Chicago Ave. (847) 475-9492
But where to go for a proper pint—a true son of the brew-volution?
This Moon Is a Harvest Moon.
There is a place in Evanston where you can reap the best of barley and hops, and that place is Prairie Moon. Surrounded by Pilates and power lifting, here’s the place to do some power lifting of your own. The Moon is the best place for the good stuff in all of Evanston.
The Moon’s 15 taps have much to offer.
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow, Zombie Dust, Artic Panzer Wolf, Dogfish Head 60, 90 and Chateau Jiahu, Perennial Aria, Surly Furious, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Lagunitas Fusion 16 and Sumpin’ Wild. Straffe Hendrik, Clownshoes, Beer City, Brash Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Sixpoint, Revolution, Half Acre, Northcoast, St. Bernardus, Delerium, Fransiskaner, Flossmoor, Oscar Blues, Allagash, BOM Triporteur, Lunar Brewing, Gigantic, Urthel, Stone, Solemn Oath, Firestone, L’Amathee, Chouffe, Duvel, and Ale Syndicate, to name a few. And if you’ve heard of them all, you most likely haven’t tasted them all.
The Moon always has 1 or 2 comforting taps that are on special, and often feature a brewery for ‘flight night’ or ‘cask night’ once a month. PM also offers an excellent selection of bottles, cans, bombers—grouped by size: Cork finished 750s, 22 oz., and 12 oz. Why just this week, a selection of double deuce big bottles where 50% off.
In addition, breweries like Tyrennina, Summit, Half Acre, Solemn Oath, 3Fs, Dogfish Head, Two Brothers, Revolution, Mad Hatter—execute a tap take over, or are invited to come in and share a word, as well as a pint or two of some lunar delight.
Speaking of brew-lunacy, Prairie Moon also plays host to the Evanston Home Brew Club on the third Thursday of each month. Crazy.
Prairie Moon features solid and satisfying grub. Handsome burgers, po-boys, steak and stew and soup, calamari, fish tacos, mac n’ cheese, Cajun blackened treats, chips and guacamole, bread pudding—comestibles to help soak-up the first-rate reason you’re at the Moon.
This satellite is decidedly the place beer devotees should go should they escape Chicago’s gravity—the best joint north of Hopleaf and Acre. And PM is three blocks from two different El stops for easy accessibility.
This is one Orb of Night that makes for a great day—lunch, dinner or nightcap.
Prairie Moon All American Dining…and Drinking: 1502 Sherman Ave. (847) 864-8328 or visit them at prairiemoonrestaurant.com