Just recently, Rogers Park got another bistro . Cushioned between the fast food and pizza joints, is a place that gives the neighborhood a little more of a gourmet spin. Customers at Empirical Brewery can get a tasty meal and also sit around and sip some of the brews that are made at the company’s brewery. In the near future, there will also be a brewery in the Rogers Park location. Formerly the location of Mayne Stage bistro, Empirical boasts dishes that are made with their own microbrews. We were eager to try some of the menu items and definitely taste the delicious brews that Empirical boasts.
The best thing on a warm , summer day is a nice cold glass of beer. But which one to choose with my sampler of starters. I love a fruity drink , so I opted for the Empirical Up Quark Passion Fruit Pale Ale. What made it different was the combination of hops with the honey malt. Mix that with the tropical fruit and it is the perfect summer brew. We were also happy to find out that Empirical Brewery is dog acheesy friendly. Diners can bring the kiddies for their own menu.
Empirical Up Quark Passion Fruit Pale Ale refreshing on a warm summer day.
The first thing that we tried was the pretzel and beer cheese. It wasn’t your typical pretzel . The pretzel itself was soft like baked bread and dipping it was sheer delight. We were told that most of the dishes contained one of the micobrews that Empirical brews. Jen is completely mad about Poutine , so we definitely had to try Empirical’s version. Cheese was definitely the word as it surrounded the fries and was so stringy. The ratio of cheese over gravy was very evident and that is the way we like it.
pretzel and beer cheese is delicious
Empirical is also opened for brunch with some dishes like the crab cakes , fruit salad, and of course the burgers. They also have some great signature drinks like the Beergarita and the Morse. They also boast Jones soda as well as the usual Coca Cola products. Empirical is located at 1330 W Morse Avenue next to J Alberto’s Pizza