Beer and Metal does Chicago Craft Beer Week this Thursday

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Kvelertak will not be performing at this event.
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Sorry to add to the crowding on the Chicago Craft Beer Week schedule—there are hundreds upon hundreds of events there already—but the Reader and Binny's are partnering up for something called "Beer & Music" on Thursday, May 23. Specifically, beer manager Adam Vavrick of the Lincoln Park store has invited me to join him in conducting an experiment in synesthesia and intoxication—we'll each be pairing four beers with favorite songs from our record collections.

You may have noticed that in my Beer and Metal column I frequently resort to execrable puns and other forms of wordplay in order to segue between whatever beer I'm discussing and whatever metal I feel like posting. (Last week, for instance, I reviewed three Ballast Point beers, and because they're all named after seagoing fish, I included a couple of song streams from German band the Ocean.) Fear not, though—I won't be relying on that kind of connection here. I don't want to give away the specifics, but I'm at least attempting to find beers that taste like certain songs sound. If that makes any sense.

I'll also be branching out beyond metal—it's probably safe to expect some African music and contemporary jazz. I'm not at liberty to disclose details about Vavrick's pairings either, in large part because I have no idea what they'll be, but I can say that on the few occasions I've met him at the end of his shift, he's reliably been carrying LPs that just arrived in the mail: Coil, Nurse With Wound, Irr. App. (Ext.), and Einstürzende Neubauten, among others. He's also forgotten more about beer than I'll ever know.

Obviously this could turn out to be pretty silly—in fact I'm hoping it will—but with any luck the folks who show up will get into the spirit. Can you think of a different song that goes with the beer we're pouring? Or another beer that might complement the song? If there's one thing I know about beer nerds (and music nerds), it's that they love sharing recommendations.

The event runs from 6 till 8 PM in the upstairs tasting room at 1720 N. Marcey Street. (That's the Binny's next to Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub—and Thursday is premiere day!) Tickets are $20 ($15 with a Binny's card), because even though beer wants to be free, it usually isn't. Call the shop at 312-664-4394 to reserve a spot, and I'll see you there.

Philip Montoro writes about beer and metal, singly or in combination, every Monday.

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