The Field Museum's latest acquisition: a new beer from Off Color

The new beer, Tooth & Claw, is a Czech-style Pilsner.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Off Color Brewing created Tooth & Claw, a special beer only available at the Field Museum.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Off Color Brewing created Tooth & Claw, a special beer only available at the Field Museum.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Off Color Brewing created Tooth & Claw, a special beer only available at the Field Museum.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Off Color Brewing created Tooth & Claw, a special beer only available at the Field Museum.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Off Color Brewing created Tooth & Claw, a special beer only available at the Field Museum.


The dining options at one of our biggest museums just got better—tomorrow the Field Museum opens the Field Bistro, a new restaurant in the space that used to house Corner Bakery. Replacing the chain restaurant is a spot serving sandwiches, salads and small plates with local ingredients like chicken from Miller Farms, local cheeses, Intelligentsia coffee and tea and breakfast treats from West Town Bakery. Plus the menu will reflect dishes inspired by permanent exhibits, like Singapore noodles and char sui, which are inspired by the Traveling the Pacific exhibit.

And there’s also a local beer that you’ll only be able to get at the Field Museum.

Tooth & Claw is a Czech-style Pilsner that's dry hopped with German Tettnanger hops. The goal was to brew a style of beer for the restaurant that was simple, elegant and approachable.

John Laffler, Off Color Brewing’s co-founder and brewer, worked with the Field while doing research for some of Goose Island’s Fulton & Wood Series projects. Megan Beckert, director of special events and food operations, who helmed the planning for the new restaurant, sought out Off Color to brew a beer exclusively for the Field Museum to sell at the Bistro bar.

“The key to creating a good Pilsner is simple, high quality ingredients and the rest lies in technique,” says Laffler. Pilsners are crisp and delicate in flavor but complex and labor intensive in process, making them a less common style in craft beer.

The beer is named for the museum’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sue. Off Color co-founder Dave Bleitner used a cast of Sue’s claw, sold in the museum’s gift shop, to create the Tooth & Claw tap handle. Two Brothers Domaine Du Page and Three Floyds Alpha King will also be available on draft.

Tooth & Claw will be available exclusively on draft at The Field Bistro, as well as in bottles for the museum’s private events. The bistro is open 9am-5pm and the beer will be available from 11am-5pm or until the museum closes.


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