Thursday February 22 11:44 am

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BEAT THE WINTER BLUES WITH BREWS AT HOFBRÄUHAUS CHICAGO

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To pair with its authentic German fare, Hofbräuhaus Chicago brews special seasonal beers each month at its onsite microbrewery. “Schwarzbier,” a deep black lager with a roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavor, will be available throughout the month of January. In February, guests can enjoy Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s “Royal Export,” a pale, flavorful and malty brew. These seasonal brews will join the three beers brewed and offered year-round at Hofbräuhaus Chicago: Lager, Hefe Weizen and Dunkel.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago will celebrate the arrival of each new seasonal beer on the first Thursday of every month with “First Thirst-Days.” Hofbräuhaus will host a small keg tapping ceremony at 7 p.m. with its brewmaster Rob Hunter. Hunter will provide visitors with more information about the seasonal beer, free half-liter samples of the new brew and brewery tours upon request. February’s “Royal Export First Thirst-Day” is scheduled for Thursday, February 1.

Love is brewing this February at Hofbräuhaus Chicago. The restaurant will offer guests a unique Munich-style Valentine’s Day celebration and special menu February 10 – 11 and again February 14. Dishes include:

Bayrische Kartoffelsuppe
Creamy Bavarian potato soup with vegetables, frankfurters and croutons

Borschtsh-Suppe
Easter European style borscht with red beets, potatoes and red cabbage, topped with sour cream and dill

Shrimp Skewers
Grilled shrimp skewers served with roasted garlic rice pilaf, grilled asparagus and paprika sauce

Rib Eye Steak
Grilled 10 oz. rib eye steak served with bacon and onion-filled German pan-fried potatoes, grilled asparagus and a drizzle of herb oil

Sachertorte
A Viennese classic torte of dense chocolate cake layered with apricot glaze and topped with dark chocolate glaze

Vanilla Gelato

Glühwein

Hofbräuhaus Chicago will offer customers a daily seafood special for dinner during Lent (February 14 – March 31). Daily seafood specials will feature salmon, halibut, shrimp, mussels and white fish dishes, among other types of seafood.

In addition to the live music offered every night by bands direct from Germany and Austria, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will host special performances from The Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika Inc., also known as the Milwaukee Mullers, Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Mullers are a non-profit organization with a passion for spreading their Tyrolean (Austrian) folk customs to the United States through dance. Donning hand-carved wooden masks and unique costumes, the group travels across the country to perform a story surrounding the four seasons.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located at 5500 Park Place in Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district. Valet parking is available for a minimal charge. Parking is also available in the nearby parking garage (free with validation). For reservations and more information, call 847-671-BREW (2739) or visit hbchicago.com.