The label on a new beer, the “Brown and Stirred,”at Longman & Eagle (@longmanandeagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.) features a beer bottle and Manhattan cocktail high-fiving each other —a representation of Pipeworks Brewing Co. (@pipeworksbrewin, 1675 N. Western Ave.) and Longman & Eagle’s collaboration brew.
An Unlikely Collaboration
Pipeworks sought out inspiration from a Longman staple cocktail and settled on the Longman Manhattan, which includes a lemon twist rather than a cherry. The beer is served exactly as the cocktail is —in a Manhattan glass, on the rocks with a twist.
Phil Olson, bar manager of Longman & Eagle, says he never imagined they would carry Pipeworks, but the idea for the beer itself is what sold him.
“I always thought of them as a little nano brewery doing experimental stuff, but I never thought of them as a draft option that could match our volume,” says Olson. “As they expanded, they presented the collaboration…They obviously put some thought into what would work best for us and not just slap our name on a label of something random.”
Mike Schallau, Pipeworks’ operational manager and master of barrels, says the brewing company approached Longman & Eagle with the proposition to collaborate because it is many of the Pipeworks staff’s favorite restaurant.
“We want to sell beer out of places we go,” says Schallau. “We want to collaborate with…places we want to drink [and] eat at. Because they have something we really like, we want to tap into it in some way.”
Get It While It’s Hot
Originally, the “Brown and Stirred” was to be distributed to Dusek’s (@DuseksChicago), Parson’s Chicken & Fish (@ParsonsCHI2952 W. Armitage Ave.) and The Promontory (@PromontoryChi). However, the yield was so low that it will only be sold at Longman & Eagle, and the four “sixth barrels”(5 gallons barrels) they received will likely sell out this week. Longman & Eagle also received 12 cases of 22 oz. bottles available for serving at the bar or taking home at 20 dollars each, and it is the only place the brew is available for purchase.
The low availability is due to decision to hold the majority of the brew back for aging in Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye barrels, which Schallau says will hopefully be served at all of the originally intended places in February.
“This beer exists in its fullest form out of the barrel, so we want most of it to do that,” says Schallau. “Sometimes when you barrel age a beer, the base is pretty good, but this is a really good base beer. So, it goes well for being in the barrel. It’s not going to just taste like rye.”
A Labor Of Love
The brew may be sitting still now, but a tedious 21 day process of brewing got it to where it needed to be. Olsen says Longman and Eagle was involved throughout the process, from brewing to designing the label, which part owner Cody Hudson drew himself. Olsen, assistant bar manager Eric Abert and principal bartender Chad Hauge paced four visits throughout the process to taste and work alongside brewers. At the point of adding “teas”of bittering roots for dosing back in the brew, the Longman & Eagle representatives even brought tools and ingredients to make Manhattans at the brewery for taste comparison.
Kelly Rose, Logan Square resident and Longman & Eagle frequenter says she’s a beer rookie but is interested in trying the collaboration brew.
“Although I don’t know beer, I know from my whiskey experience at Longman & Eagle that I like all those elements in [the Brown & Stirred],” Rose says. “This could be the opening of a whole new beer experience for me.”
Photo: Alicia Hauge