Sept. 26, 2012
-- Drink Beer Day is celebrated this September 28, and Trademark Tavern (777 E. Butterfield Rd. Lombard IL; 630-472-0777)
is indulging in the holiday by showcasing its favorite brews and offering insider tips. Co-general manager Kevin Hoy curated Trademark’s extensive beverage program; complete with an exceptional variety of more than 70 beers. Trademark’s focus is on quality and providing choices to suit an array of tastes. The bar holds 30 specialty craft beers on tap, and other popular brands are available in bottles or cans. Trademark’s most unique feature is their “Tapper Tables”, which comprise of four booth-seating tables, each with a built in pair of beer taps; offering two brews per pair.
Some of Trademark’s favorite beers are: local Goose Island Matilda (American Ale), Trumer Pils (German Style Pilsner), and their signature Trademark Tavern Beer (Two Brothers Ebel Weiss).
Considering that pairing beer with food has become just as important as matching a fine wine with meals; Kevin offers up his expert tips. He believes IPA’s are best with spicy foods and rich cheeses (like gorgonzola), Abbeys are great with light foods and cajun, while Stouts pair well with hearty meat pies and steaks. He also advises pairing American Wheats with fish, sushi, and light salads and Pilsners with pork, fish, and chicken.
Beer has a firm place in history dating back to more than 7,000 years ago, when chemical tests of ancient pottery revealed traces of the substance. Mesopotamia is believed to hold the oldest evidence of beer, originating from a 6,000 year old Sumerian tablet depicting people drinking from a communal bowl through reed straws. Beer has even been credited to having a hand in ending nomadic living, and steering people into village life; based on crop cultivation. By the 15th century in Europe, beer-making was switched from a homemaker’s role to an artisan one, when pubs and monasteries began brewing beer for the masses. In more modern times, America’s prohibition changed the face of beer when bootleggers began watering down their supply to maximize profit. That is believed to be the cause of American’s preference for lighter beers. More recently, craft brews and imports are serving those who prefer more full-bodied varieties. Which such a robust history, is well suited that beer earned its own special day, enjoy your favorite brew this September 28, for Drink Beer Day.