Lillie’s Q’s Charlie McKenna with Metropolitan
Beer Lillie’s Q Brew
Profile Though darker than most lagers, it’s crisp enough to cut through rich barbecue.
The experience “Cooking in my day was always about wine; beer, for me, has taken over from wine,” McKenna says. “There are so many different nuances.”
Drink it Year-round (1856 W North Ave, 773-772-5500)
GT Fish & Oyster’s Giuseppe Tentori with Goose Island
Beer Squid Ink Saison
Profile Gets its inky hue from chocolate rye, but the flavors remain bright and spicy.
The experience “The hardest part was not knowing what it was going to taste like [until it was finished],” Tentori notes. “I had to trust Jared [Rouben, pub brewer at Goose Island].”
Drink it With saffron rice–stuffed squid, the dish it was specifically designed for, starting August 1 (531 N Wells St, 312-929-3501)
City Provisions’ Cleetus Friedman with Flossmoor Station
Beer Summer Wheat Ale
Profile Conjures crisp salad with citrus, fennel, coriander and pepper.
The experience “I was thinking fennel and orange for this beer; Nick [Barron, brewer at Flossmoor Station] was thinking rhubarb. We went back and forth,” Friedman recalls.
Drink it On tap beginning August 16 (1818 W Wilson Ave, 773-293-2489)