LUSH hosts New Beligum Brewery

November 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm (Current Events, Special Events) (, , , , , , , )

LUSH University Village – 1257 South Halsted

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

5-8pm

LUSH is teaming up with the Sours projects from New Belgium Brewery for some sweet and sour shindigging. Join us this weekend to continue the celebration of the Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Jesse Katzman and Michael McAvena are joining in the fun, with some pork shoulder, homemade sauerkraut, and sausage to match the three sour beers hosted by the brewery…La Terrior, Fall Wild Ale, and the tart lychee brew. Last pig roast of the season…beer and pork, woot! Extra exclusive and absolutely, extremely, super fun! These three brews are brought in special for this event and are here and gone after this evening. $15 per person. RSVP necessary, good times promised. Open to the public, open to the industry.  Get it on.

Reserve your spot with erin@lushwineandspirits.com, or 312-738-1900.

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Boo! Scary Skull Wine Party…

October 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

SUPER SPECIAL, extra EXCLUSIVE EVENT:
Twisted Oak River of Skulls Release Party
[$50 including tax, NOT tip]
Friday, OCTOBER 30th
6-9pm

Get Twisted. The infamous, rowdy folks from Twisted Oak are here and we’ll be celebrating the release of their super special River of Skulls. This wildly burly, sneaky and scary wine is chock full of Calaveras County Mourvedre from the Dalton Vineyard. Heady, aromatic perfume encourages you to jump recklessly, fully, into a glass of this juice. Deep, dark, dirty and sexy, this Mourvedre is earthy and funky, yet pulsing with luscious fruit and sassy spice. An ankle bone of cherries is connected to the shin bone of raspberries, which connects to the knee bone of smoky vanilla. The knee bone is connected to the leg bone of Mourvedre’s natural tabacco character, which connects to the hip bone, back bone and neck bone of a nice long finish. Oh Dem Skulls!

Warm and toasty, belly busting snacks will include some sort of chunky, gourmet chili with crusty bread, sweet cream butter with cornbread, and a custom rum cake. Rubber chickens and pirates will be here too! Join the fun and dress up for the costume contest…one precious, uber yummy bottle of Twisted #%@& will be awarded for the best outfit. http://www.twistedoak.com/

RSVP absolutely necessary. Space is limited and time is spiraling down to zero. Holla at Ms. Erin, erin@lushwineandspirits.com or 312-738-1900. Bring friends and bring the par-tay.

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FREE Two Brothers BBQ! 6/12

June 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm (Beer, patio events, Special Events)

One man’s folly is another’s pleasure. Er, well. Two Brothers’ ‘oops’ is about to be YOUR good luck! A little over a year ago, our friends over at Two Brothers made a batch of their red rye ale, Cane and Ebel, with too much sugar. It became HUGE and super malty; with a 10% ABV, this Imperial version of the Cane and Ebel was a one-time offering that we decided to put away for a bit in our cellar. We’ll be unleashing it on draft THIS FRIDAY at LUSH on Halsted, and sampling out great picks from the rest of the Two Brothers lineup. We’re even breaking out the grill and slangin’ brats and stuff, so come party with us, try some great beer, and relish in the fact that you’ll get the chance to sip on a beer no longer available ever again, anywhere. Yeah, we love you. 6-9 PM at LUSH on Halsted. Entry and some free samples available for free. Food and Imperial Cane and Ebel will be available for purchase.

6-9 PM

1257 S Halsted

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LUSH Weekly Email: Blind Tasting

May 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm (BYOB, class, Current Events, Special Events, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

Oops, it happened again.  Posted here for your perusing pleasure…

I apologize profusely for the horrifying event of last week…you did not receive your weekly LUSH email.  GASP.  Apparently our email utility people were napping.  But, no worries, this is a fair representation of the information you missed last week, minus my suggestions for a glorious Memorial Day weekend, but I am sure y’all did quite well with partying and enjoying the beautiful weather!

P.S.  My coolest cousin, Ms. Alice, will be buzzing into town for a sweet visit with an old family friend, Ms. Lucy.  We all grew up together in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas…running, climbing, playing in the mud and the garden, swimming, and delving into general mischief and mayhem.  They may be hanging out, causing trouble at LUSH next week!

Hoooweee, put it in my glass!

I am not so sure about y’all, but I am very tempted to slip off my sneakers, run around barefoot for a while, and go play outside.  Granted, any playtime deserves a nice, chilly bottle of pink or white wine.  Or a sixer of local pilsner.  Venture out to see us…we have bottles open to sample for (shhh!) free.  And, we are local, friendly, and like to share.

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Dark Lord Day

May 12, 2009 at 10:53 am (Beer, Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, Uncategorized, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

by Mr. Brent Shumard, Lush beer nerd

Dark Lord Day…the name has ominous overtones and conjures up images of people summoning evil things from the nether-regions of the universe to serve their dastardly purposes…but it shouldn’t.

Say those three words to a beer geek and expect to hear a gasp, a smile, and possibly a couple of stories if they’ve managed to make it there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kallari Project Chocolate and LUSH Wine

March 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, )

Presented by Ms. Erin and Ms. Rachel at the Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan

Kallari Chocolate, Ecuador

LUSH is sticking to our eclectic tendencies and love of all things interesting, odd, and delicious, thus pairing Ecuadorian chocolate with LUSH wine is a tasty challenge!  Pairing wine and chocolate sounds like a brilliant idea…and it is, if properly executed with balanced flavors.  The trick to compatibility is to carefully match the right wine with the right chocolate.  But, since taste is a very subjective matter, you will have to experiment.  Sigh, such a tough task. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chocolate and Wine Pairing at LUSH

February 6, 2009 at 11:58 am (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , )

Join LUSH for an in-store wine and chocolate pairing seminar and tasting for Valentine’s Day.  We have invited Ms. Katherine Anne to be our chocolate expert.

LUSH on Halsted, 1257 South Halsted: Saturday, February 14th,  4-6pm

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Surviving Epic Tastings: A Field Guide

January 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm (French Wine, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, Uncategorized, What we are thinking) (, , , , , )

I recently attended the tasting for the 2006 vintage of Bordeaux, put on by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux at the very historic and beautiful Palmer House Hilton. I went with Ms Jane Lopes of Roscoe Village Lush fame, and I am glad I had her company, because these events are always just this side of insane. Read the rest of this entry »

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Champagne, with a side of sword.

January 6, 2009 at 8:29 am (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are thinking) (, , , , , , )

by Ms. Rachel Driver, LUSH Manager

Feeling a bit STABBY? PLAY with KNIVES and CHAMPAGNE!

Get the bottle open. Swords are highly recommended. But, a sharp knife, utility tool, or exacto knife will due. Let the bottle bubble forth. Sexy sexy. Sparkle sparkle
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Holiday Gift Exchange and BLIND Tasting

December 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The LUSH  staff and lovely neighborhood hostess, Tatiana, convened for an unruly evening of blind tasting and secret Santa gift exchange.

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