Pappy Van Winkle Cocktail Dinner & Pairing

April 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Whiskey Dinner

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

hosted by LUSH

with Julian Van Winkle


Assorted charcuterie, craft cheeses, olives, pickled vegetables, jams, crusty bread

Cocktail: Americana

1 oz. Pappy Van Winkle 10 year 90 proof

½ oz. Campari

¾ oz. Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth

Regan’s Orange bitters

Topped with bubbly &  orange oil

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Snapshot: April Events at LUSH

March 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm (Current Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

SPECIAL EVENTS, please come out and play: check website for full details, email, or call 312.666.6900 for more information.

Reservations still OPEN for the exceedingly exciting, tasty, damn arrogant bastards of brewing. STONE Brewing Company is coming to LUSH for a big kick off, launch event, Friday, April 2nd, 6-9pm. All the LUSH locations will be breaking out the bad boys. Bottles at Roscoe. Kegs at Halsted and West Town. Brewers and Stone folk all around. Brews…new and library collection pieces, maybe even a cellared 3L; delicious snacks; really cool stuff to buy. Roar. The Stones are coming. (Not rolling, mind you). $15 per person. RSVP strongly suggested. Email to get on the RSVP list. *Please indicate at which location you prefer to consume liquid arrogance*

Sunday, April 4th, 2-5pm:  Sundays with LUSH – Craft Brews. To properly initiate the impending Craft Brewers Conference that will take the city by storm this next week, LUSH is popping the tops on a wild array of craft beers. Brew-centric, indeed. And sudsy. Get set. Ready. Go…BEER! Beer beer beer. Brew, brew, brew, beer. Hops, malt, and quirky ingredients abound!

We are handpicking our spring favorites, as well as new releases from the brewers that are flitting into town this week. The warming trend leaves the Lushes parched with thirst, crawling from our dark little hole, and in need of seriously spritely, zippy brews. Spring saisons, of course, but hefe and maibock or just around the corner, and lightly spiced whites are still quite nice. Maybe a sour and a Basque cider to kick it up a notch. And, of course, a few solid standards of the Chicago local variety.

[LUSH West Town
1412 W. Chicago Ave]
Friday, April 16th, 6-8pm: North Shore Distillery ‘Spring’ Cocktails interactive seminar and tasting. Ms. Sonja will be shaking and slingin’ up a storm, and showing you the ropes of constructing tasty, classically inspired cocktails. Drink local booze. And, just for kicks, follow StillEthel on Twitter, too. She’s a fun broad. $15 per person. RSVP required; Drink, snacks, and hootenany included.

Wine 101 –
Wednesday, April 21st, 6:30-8pm

Learn the basics, LUSH style. Lush is teaching the secrets of good wine…learn the basics of wine and have fun doing it. We’ll break down the fancy labels, crazy grape names, how to taste a glass of wine, and provide you with obscure wine trivia to impress your swanky friends. Get illuminated! Lush will show you all the tricks and tips to making sure the bottle you buy is the bottle you’ve been dreaming of! Never again feel faint staring at a restaurant wine list or lost in the supermarket, wondering what will perfectly compliment your newest treasure from Lush. Be the superstar wine geek at your next dinner soiree appearance with a little tutorial in WINE 101.

Thursday, April 22nd, 6-9pm: Mr. Julian Van Winkle of Old Pappy Van Winkle, will be in town for whiskey fest, and at LUSH for a whiskey and cocktail dinner event, Thursday, April 22nd. 4 courses, 5 cocktails, $100 (NOT including tax or tip). LIMITED to 12 guests. Our tentative menu includes an appetizer of assorted ham, cheeses, olives, pickles and bread; shaved fennel salad; venison loin rubbed with coffee, salt and maple sugar along with sauteed greens and pureed root vegetable; chocolate layer cake with bittersweet chocolate pecan frosting. Each course will be paired with a specially crafted, heavy hittin’, classically inspired Van Winkle whiskey cocktail. Knee slappin’ good times are to be had. Bring a friend or two, and sidle up to experience whiskey week up close and personal.You can sign up NOW…call 312.666.6900 and chat with Rachel or Kelly, or email

Saturday, April 24th, 8am-6pm: Dark Lord Day Fieldtrip. Disclaimer: YOU must procure the golden, er purple, ticket. LUSH just gives you a ride. Brunch, beer and bloodys at LUSH Halsted before trekking down to Indiana for an all day beer extravaganza. Bring a chair and a cooler full of brews to knock back and trade while waiting in line. Good times. Rumor is, this beer will be seriously outrageous this year and the visiting breweries rockin’. Cost to be determined and will be non-refundable. We currently have started a waiting list. Reserve your seat now with Ms. Erin,, RSVP required. Round trip in style.

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Bourbon Heritage Month

October 2, 2009 at 9:50 am (Current Events, Geek, Our Favorite Things, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , )

As we move into October, we say good-bye to Bourbon Heritage Month. On August 29, 2007 the Kentucky Board of Tourism announced that the US Senate had approved the measure to designate September ‘Bourbon Heritage Month.’ Well, what exactly does this mean? Basically, it is a month long celebration of ‘America’s Native Spirit’, culminating in the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. It’s also a damn good excuse to drink bourbon, talk about bourbon, and learn about all the culture, people, and history that surround the spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

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ReCap: Whiskey Week Night #2 and #3

April 3, 2009 at 9:50 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

April 1st, 2009

Whiskey Fest, hosted by the Hyatt Regency, is an annual whiskey throwdown of the best traditional and innovative distillers in the world.  A few brewmasters join in on the fun with intense barrel aged brews, and a collection of local distillers are on display, as well.

One gigantic conference hall.  400 distillers. Oodles of whiskey. 4 hours.  Go!

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ReCap: Whiskey Week, Night 1

April 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mr. Julian Van Winkle arrived promptly at 5:30pm, a full half hour before expected, minus his signature mustache.  In true Lush style, a few die hard Pappy Van Winkle drinkers waltzed in minutes later to grab a few bottles and a signature before the tasting began.  Whirlwind of bourbon drinking begins!

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Chicagoist Podcast: LUSH and WhiskeyFest

March 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Current Events, Interviews, What we are thinking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Our very own Ms. Rachel Driver, manager of LUSH, was live online this afternoon chatting about WhiskeyFest, and the LUSH Week of Whiskey. Check it out…

But, the lineup of events is also posted below, so you can be in the know about all the FREE Lush tastings. It’s all whiskey all week…and whiskey barrel aged beer, and cocktails, and whiskey barrel aged rum…can you tell we are EXCITED?!

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