Jared Rouben's brewery hopes for a winter 2013 launch. (Kaitlyn McQuaid )
Chicago soon will be able to taste beers from its first "culinary-focused" brewery when former Goose Island Brewpub brewmaster Jared Rouben opens Moody Tongue Brewing Company.
Since leaving Goose Island Brewpub in January, Rouben has worked toward opening Moody Tongue, which will be located at 2136 S. Peoria St. in Pilsen. The brewery, he says, will be a first for Chicago in its food-focused approach to making beer.
"I want to take what I’ve learned from doing chef collaborations and farmers market series and focus that on culinary-driven beer," Rouben said in January, citing the experimental beers he pioneered at Goose Island.
A chef by training, Rouben says his beers will use cooking methods and ingredients from the culinary realm to enhance his beers' flavors.
"I’m excited about continuing my relationships with Midwestern farmers and with Midwestern chefs," Rouben said in January. "That’s where this all began and where I hope to continue. Without them, I don’t think I would be the brewer I am today."
But what about the brewery's wacky name? It refers to beer drinkers who have a discerning palate, according to Rouben. Moody Tongue Brewing Company plans a winter 2013 debut.