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Moody Tongue’s Tasting Room Is for Lovers (of Craft Beer, and Otherwise)

The Pilsen spot offers a romantic, laid-back place to enjoy the craft of beer.

Photo: Peter Ranvestel

Rich beers, decadent chocolate cake, oysters, dim lighting—it’s no surprise that one server at Moody Tongue’s new tasting room overheard a customer describe the overall ambience as “pure sex.”

On a recent trip to the Pilsen hotspot (2136 S. Peoria St., 312-600-5111), the atmosphere was accented by a relaxing down-tempo soundtrack and fireplace, making it a perfect date spot or place for a casual group hang. The hard-to-find entrance (a single black door inset into the brick walls of the brewery marked by a single lightbulb) gives it a speakeasy feel—the hostess said they’re “thinking about” adding a small sign.

As previously reported here, the tasting room offers only two food items: oysters and a truly massive chocolate cake, a slice of which could easily feed four. The main attraction, ten beers on draft, are served in expensive hand-blown Austrian beer glasses which are purpose-built to maximize the beer’s flavor. We don’t know the science behind it, but our taste test revealed that they make it feel like beer is being magically transported into your mouth.

Here’s what we saw when we stopped in.

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