Logan Square Monument

September 25, 2014

Often referred to as the ‘Logan Square monument’, the Illinois Centennial Monument column at the heart of the neighborhood inspired the name Longman & Eagle, in honor of monument sculptor Evelyn Longman.  So it is, obviously, of particular importance to us here at the L&E.

A recent maintenance assessment of the 1918 monument revealed that the sculpture is in need of $80,000.00 in repairs, and fundraising efforts are underway.

The owners of local printing business Poster Plus have come up with one such option, a limited edition of a 1923 Oscar Rabe Hanson historical print that has been donated to the Logan Square Preservation group to help launch their fundraising efforts.

It is a beautiful piece, and can be purchased here.

 

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Inside Hook

September 25, 2014

Longman bar manager Phil Olson was recently featured in a great bourbon piece on Inside Hook, a daily newsletter “that inspires driven men”, with the credo “The Life You’re Meant To Live.”

The piece, Guide To Bourbon, is an excellent primer on the current bourbon landscape, offered up by our own resident whiskey expert.

It’s a great article, and totally worth checking out.

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Monster Children #44

September 15, 2014

Monster Children #44 has hit the stands and the rooms upstairs! Spend a night upstairs and enjoy reading one of our favorite publications.

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Behind The Scenes of the Pipeworks x L&E Brown & Stirred

September 3, 2014

It’s kind of a love story, really.

Pipeworks Brewing Company , a Chicago specializing in small batch beers, meets Longman & Eagle. Longman, a restaurant/inn/bar known for their healthy whiskey selection, is delighted upon the introduction.

The rest is best presented as a story, as all good beer collaborations should be.

So we now present: The Tale of Brown & Stirred.

Preface

Beejay Oslon and Garritt Lewis, founders of Pipework’s Brewing Co, met while working at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. There were both homebrewers who received their education at De Struise Brewery in Belgium. When they began discussing starting their own larger scale brewery, they decided they wanted to do something exciting. They vowed to only create unique, small batch brews that were “one-and-done.” This is where the idea of Pipework’s Brewing began.

 

Chapter 1

It’s early June in Chicago. Summer is just starting to become real, temperatures ever so slowly rising above 60 degrees.

Pipeworks approaches Phil Olson (Bar Manager, Longman & Eagle) about brewing a collaboration beer. Phil has always been a fan of Pipeworks beer, but is hesitant to carry it with concern the small brewery could not appease Longman’s volume. This is the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

They present a well-thought out plan surrounding a cocktail inspired beer. Phil is impressed: “Man, you came to the table with an idea that makes sense to both of us,” he says.

When seeking inspiration, the Old Fashion is what comes to mind first, but it’s been done before. It is decided that the Manhattan, sweet yet bitter and full of bite, would translate much better. Now, it’s time to put brilliant ideas into action.

Chapter 2

It’s June 23rd – brew day.

The Longman players include: Phil, Eric Abert (Asst. Bar Manager), Chad Hauge (Principle Bartender) and Pete Toalson (Partner), Cody Hudson (Partner)

Pipeworks team consists of: Beejay Oslon (Founder, Head Brewer), Scott Coffman (Lead Brewer), Kate Brankin (Brewer).

Scott presents the recipe: a Manhattan Inspired Strong Rye Ale.

The day begins with mashing in, or soaking the grains in water to release malt sugars. This being a Rye based beer, the grain work is plentiful. Team Longman is dedicated to getting down and dirty with Team Pipeworks.

As the mash period comes to an end and the beer is being moved to the beer kettle, Kate and Chad start on the bittering teas. This is to represent the Angostura bitters part of the cocktail. Angelica, Quassia, Cinchona, and Gentian are the roots used in this process. The tea is to be added later.

Once in the brew kettle, a balancing dose of Old World bittering hops are added. For this style of beer, an immense amount of hops is unnecessary. However, a hefty dose of bittering lemon peel is needed to represent the Manhattan garnish.

As this is taking place, Beejay and Cody Hudson (Partner), are discussing the label design. The artwork is a Hudson original: a bottle of beer and a Manhattan personified, playfully high fiving.

The mash is finished boiling – it’s time to clean out the mash tun and shovel more grains. After the beer cools, it is transferred to the fermenter and the yeast is pitched. This is where everything that previously happened is turned into alcohol.

Now, it’s waiting time. Team Pipeworks-Longman celebrate brew day with shots of bourbon. The Pipeworks crew entices the Longman boys into taking extra big shots. They do work in a whiskey bar, after all.

A name is decided upon: Brown & Stirred.

Chapter 3

During this brewery visit, Eric and Kate take on a very important task: adding in the fresh cherry puree. This represents the obvious cherry part of a Manhattan. Adding it in at this point and not earlier assures the most intense amount of fresh cherry possible.

Chapter 4

This brings us to the final installment of our beer journey. The aforementioned bittering teas are added into the beer.

On this visit, Eric brings along Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Punt è Mes, Angostura and Cherry Bitters. This being all he needs to complete a Longman Manhattan, he whips a few up for reference. After comparing sips, it’s agreed that the mission is a successful one.

The beer is then moved into the bright tank, where it is left to mature.

 

Chapter 5

To prep the beer for consumption, it is carbonated and kegged, as well as bottled and packaged. Coming in at 10.5%, it’s a beer to be enjoyed – not slammed.

Longman released the beer on August 7Th, both on draft and in bottle. The beer is presented over ice in an Old Fashion glass. A garnish of lemon peel makes the beer as true to the original brain child as possible.

The brewery and the restaurant part ways – the end of a Brown & Stirred affair. While the story has come to an end, it will forever live on in the fruits of their labor. Enjoyed by the public if only for a short time, it is certain to leave a long lasting effect.

Afterword

 As an encore, half of the produced Brown & Stirred was is placed into Rittenhouse Rye barrels for aging. This was done without bitters and cherries, which will be added during the final states for optimum flavor.

The plan is to age the beer in barrels for six months. It will be tasted every so often to make sure it is aging correctly.

“We don’t want to put something out that’s not ready,” says Phil. “But then again, if it tastes like its ready even earlier, that’s great, too.”

Ideally, the release of the barrel aged Brown & Stirred would correlate with the five year anniversary of Longman & Eagle. Great 5th birthday present, dontcha think?

Brown & Stirred is available at Longman & Eagle for a short amount of time. It’s all gone on draft, but you can still purchase the beer in 22oz large format bottle.

 

written by Sarah O’Niell

photos: Clayton Hauck

 

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Forbidden Root Beer Cocktail Tour at L&E

August 26, 2014

This summer, Good Beer Hunting and Forbidden Root are teaming up to bring you a Botanic Beer Cocktail Tour featuring some of GBH’s favorite beer-focused cocktail programs in Chicago.

The flavors of Forbidden Root’s botanic beers are entirely unique, and GBH thought they’d feature perfectly in a series of beer cocktails. At L&E we will be featuring a “ROOT BEER FLOAT FLIP” with Old Grand Dad 114, Cream, Egg, Demerara, & Forbidden Root

Stop in tomorrow to check it out…

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What’s Happening!!

August 15, 2014

Longman & Eagle is hosting its fourth installment of ‘What’s Happening!!’, an outdoor block and dance party featuring the drinks, food and music this Sunday, August 31st, and the event runs from 1pm to 10pm.

As a ‘thank you’ to a neighboring community that has been so very supportive, the L&E has been hosting a free, outdoor block party on Schubert, at Kedzie, adjacent to the building for the last four years. Open to all, the event features dancing, drinks, food and music in an outdoor street setting.

Executive chef Jared Wentworth has created a street food menu for the event that includes Elote, Lamb Kebabs, Meatballs, Shrimp Ceviche and a Tete Sandwich. Bar manager Phil Olsen has also worked on an excellent selection of drink options including a special OSB punch.

Grren Bean Dayschool staffers will be on hand on the early side for some kid friendly activities. Logan Square Preservation members will be available to discuss their efforts in beautifying Logan Square. Busy Beaver Button Company will be on site handing out goodies and the Bus Shop will be parked at the end of the block offering up vintage wares for sale. And as always, The Windy City Soul Club will be holding it down on the turntables for the dance party vibes!!

Land and Sea Dept. commissioned artist Chad Kouri to create the poster for the event. Kouri is a frequent visitor to L&E, and the Chicago-based multi-disciplinarian is a co-founder of the art and design incubator Post Family.

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Logan Square Preservation

August 4, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5th, we’re pleased to welcome the Logan Square Preservation group to the Off Site Bar at Longman & Eagle for a special consciousness and fundraising event, to support their on-going efforts in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm in the OSB, and funds raised will be used to support the group’s current and on-going initiatives, the most recent of which is a highly supportable tree planting campaign for the neighborhood’s historical boulevards.

Please join us!

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Clayton Hauck

July 31, 2014

Friend of L&E Clayton Hauck (who is the one responsible for shooting most of our images over the last 3 years) recently updated his site with a nice selection of L&E stuff. Check some out below and be sure to check out his site HERE.

 

 

 

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Pipeworks x L&E “Brown & Stirred”

July 30, 2014

Our good friends at Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing recently asked us if we would be interested in collaborating on a beer. They had the idea of a cocktail inspired brew, we make a pretty mean Manhattan, so the obvious move was to try to make a Manhattan-inspired beer.

Starting with a very high amount of rye and a little bit of corn, we added lemon peel as well as a small amount of aromatic hops. After the boil, all of it went into the fermenter for about a week. Next, a small amount of cherry purée was added. During this time bittering roots (Angelica, Chinchona and Quinine) were being macerated. After the fermentation was complete, we went back and made a few Longman Manhattans (strictly for reference!), and started adding the bitters.

The result, “Brown and Stirred,” is a very unique Strong Rye Ale weighing in at 10.5% ABV.

Half this limited beer is available by the bottle and on draft (starting August 7), and is served in a proper Manhattan glass, over ice, with a twist of lemon. The other half of the beer that was made is now resting in used rye whiskey barrels. This will come to life, be kegged and bottled around the end of the year.  Stay tuned!

Label designed by L&E owner Cody Hudson (Struggle, Inc.).

 

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Alex Maier shoots the Schlitz

July 26, 2014

Man about town Alex Maier posted some nice photos from the recent Schlitz dinner party in the OSB on his site (and we boosted a couple to re post here). Looks like a good time was had by all. For more on his great work check out his blog Superdanger.

 

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