Hamburgers and Stella Artois at Moonshine
I discovered a great burger at Moonshine, 1824 W. Division, 773. 862. 8686. http://www.moonshinechicago.com/
At $8., the burger was moist, tasty and had a charred grilled crust. Equally as good as the hamburgers recently listed in the, Top Burgers in Chicago article.
Ordered medium rare and there was pink in the middle, a rare event judging from my Chicago burger experiences.
In addition, on a bitterly cold Chicago day, the French Fries stayed warm throughout the meal.
As an added treat for me, Moonshine had Stella Artois on tap. The beer is served in a moonshine glass, a Mason Jar.
The jar is short and fat and looks quite small when compared alongside a pint glass. But, with the help of the friendly bartender, we discovered that this jar holds a significant amount more than a 16 oz. pint glass.
The Stella is a great deal for only $4.00.
Moonshine has a cozy warm, fireplace, but food is not served in that area.
Stella draft is now $4.50. Many places, in response to my request that they get Stella on draft, said it cost $100. a barrel. Guess that's a lot.
Actually not that much. Stella is owned by Diageo which puts in very wide distribution so it's standard for an import I think. I believe a keg holds 15.5 gallons or 1984 oz. Assuming a draft is 12 oz that's 165 drafts. Subtract 15% for spillage, bartender theft, etc, and that's still 140 drafts or $630 at $4.50 or $560 at $4. Not a huge diff.
Interestingly, that's exactly the reason it's popular.
The music is often being played by some of the best DJs in the city, especially on Wednesdays. So for the type of crowd who likes that music and atmosphere, it's a perfect place for dinner. On many nights, it's like a club/lounge atmosphere, except with great food.
The service is terrible though, I'll give you that.
HankBaldpate, good work.
At Moonshine, the draft glasses are closer to 16oz. I wrote some stuff above about the size of the glass in my initial post.
(I think) Stella is getting pretty popular. There is a huge, new, fancy billboard just west of State on Hubbard and many people are suggesting their friends try it.
But, having said that, the bartenders/managers I've talked too all complained about the price of a barrel. I've heard, at one time Stella was offered at a discounted price, but after that ended, many places dropped it - unfortunately, a bar near me.
Drafts (16 oz.) are selling at PJ Clarkes on East Illinois Street for $5.50. A case (33 cl bottles) sells for a dollar cheaper at Costco than Sam's (around $22).
Not important, just something I've been following. I can’t even remember the first time I tried Stella.
I've always been partial to the Stella and burgers at the Pepper Canister on Wells - a little Irish pub just north of the loop. They have a great, if very limited, menu, and good beer on tap (Guiness, Stella, and a few more). Nice big juicy burgers with crispy fries - plus some good seafood dishes among others. Being so convenient to the loop, it gets real loud and noisy on Friday and weekends as the night progresses.
Not sure about the prices. It always seemed reasonable.