Wine & Craft Beer
SHOP FOR WINE IN OUR ONLINE STORE
Pastoral is a mecca for cheese lovers and party hosts alike. The attention paid to quality and craft does not stop at the cheese; the wine and beer selection at Pastoral is carefully chosen to accompany our many styles of cheese as well as the artisanal spirit of our store. The knowledgeable staff at Pastoral is always available to entice your taste buds and educate you about the artisan delights that make the store so unique. One of our specialties is helping you discover the perfect pairing for foods, wines and beers you have selected to ensure that they are well enjoyed together! We aspire to provide the same assistance in our online store.
At Pastoral, we focus on smaller, estate driven producers that practice environmentally conscious agriculture.
We seek out wineries using sustainable, organic and biodynamic techniques, and those that source grapes from their own vineyards. We want to know that our wines are carefully looked after from vine to bottle.
Our wine selection includes classic expressions of the world's major wine regions and intriguing bottles from exotic locales. We represent popular varietals and exciting blends. From Bordeaux to Mendoza, and Merlot to Bonarda, we believe that exploring wine should be as fun, delicious and enlightening as choosing cheese. Stop by our stores and check out our wine wall; the wines are arranged by body, from lightest to fullest, to mirror the cheeses in the case it will pair well with, from the freshest to the most aged. And our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help you find the perfect pairing.
At Pastoral we believe, in matters of wine and cheese, the total experience is greater than the sum of its parts. We are happy to offer suggestions of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments to add that extra touch. Visit soon so we can help you put together an impressive and delicious wine and culinary spread.
WHAT WE'RE DRINKING THIS MONTH: Chicago Craft Beer
Chicago is home to a multitude of talented craft brewers churning out impeccable, food-friendly beers. This month, we're highlighting a few of our favorites in stores and at Bar Pastoral. We will also host a few special events with cheese and beer pairing in mind, including a special keg-tapping on Thursday, March 12th at Bar Pastoral to unveil our collaboration with the fine folks at Ale Syndicate Brewery and Journeyman Distillery.
We will also be featuring the following producers in our retail stores; ask a cheesemonger about their favorite pairing! -
Une Annee 'Maya'
Une Annee brewery is relatively new to the Chicago craft beer scene, churning out incredibly unique French and Belgian-inspired ales for about 5 years. Maya is a dry-hopped Belgian Golden Ale - slightly sweet, but with plenty of complexity to keep things interesting. The Belgian yeasts make for an exceptional pairing with savory, spicy Alpine style cheese like Challerhocker.
Located in Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, Begyle Brewing is a Community Supported Brewery where members can buy membership for fresh growlers and kegs each month. Hophazardly is a classic American IPA, brimming with balanced hoppy goodness. The dry, tropical and slightly bitter notes make for a perfect pairing with fruity cheddar like Prairie Breeze from Milton Creamery in Iowa.
Ale Syndicate 'Omega Midnight Stout'
The brothers behind Ale Syndicate opened their first brewery in Oakland, but the Chicago natives missed the Midwest too much and came back home. Their first beer, Richie Imperial Porter (which they've barrel-aged just for us!) was named Best Porter in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. Omega Midnight Stout is another dark beer of theirs, made with a proprietary blend of yeasts. Smooth, sweet and dry is the perfect companion to meaty washed rind cheeses like Good Thunder from Alemar Cheese.
While Lagunitas is technically a California operation, they also have a brewery and tap room here in Chicago which happens to be where this delicious addition to their lineup is brewed. Made with a blend of barley, rye, wheat and oats, Sucks is a cerael-y, complex Imperial IPA and was originally brewed as a substitute for their famous Brown Shugga but they liked the result so much they decided to add it to the regular lineup. IPA lovers will enjoy it's refreshing dry, tropical notes and those hop-haters who dismiss most IPAs might just have their minds changed.
A stylistically broad spectrum selected with pairing in mind.
The broad range, ancient history, and global renaissance of artisanal brewing is showcased in our edited selection of large format brews tailored to offer our patrons the opportunity to pair specific beer styles with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.
We stay on task all year selecting our sometimes iconic and sometimes rare rotating collection of bottles brewed both near and far to bring you the next perfect pairing. Our eager staff prides itself in advocating the best brewed pairing option, be it Schwarzbier with Camembert, Rye Ale with Prosciutto or IPA with Stichelton.
Let our cheesemongers introduce you to the ease with which the varied textures, flavors, and persistent bubbles of beer can make our edible offerings sing and make your next gathering unique.