One of the things that I love about being a food blogger is going to incredibly fun events with great people. Recently, America’s Best Racing (“ABR”), a fan development and awareness-building platform which works to raise the profile of the country’s best Thoroughbred racing events, collaborated with Horse Thief Hollow (“HTH”) and Koval Distillery for a night of fun, great food, and delicious drinks. ABR provided transportation in its ABRV, fully decked out, both outside and in.
Horse Thief Hollow, which is located in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, hosted us for this adventure. HTH is named after the town’s former namesake. During the 1850’s, horses stolen from Missouri were brought for market in Chicago and were hidden in the dense forest growth of the area. The restaurant, which also a brewery, produces most everything from scratch, and focuses on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
We enjoyed a tour of the brewery and learned about the brewing process from the owner, Neil. HTH beers are crafted for respective seasons and inspirations, so each visit can yield something new. HTH takes great pride in “Brewing in Beverly.”
Following our tour, we sat down for a three-course meal, complete with drink pairings featuring HTH beers and Koval Distillery cocktails.
To begin, we were served Koval Bourban glazed gulf shrimp, served atop smoked beefsteak tomato, along with toasted sweet corn with a citrus romaine vinagrette. The preparation was extremely creative and the flavors were remarkable. Everyone at the table thought that the smoked tomato was actually meat, and we quickly gobbled it up. This course was paired with the 6410 Citra Wheat, a German Hefewizen offering copious amounts of Citra Hops. I typically prefer wine to beer, but the 6410 was great and paired perfectly with the glazed gulf shrimp.
Our next cocktail then arrived, featuring Koval Rye Whiskey, house made ginger ale, and a Montmorency cherry float. It was fantastic! Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800’s, and currently produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits.
The second course paired perfectly with the Koval whiskey and cherry cocktail. While most diners received the roasted pork tenderloin, served with a sour cherry/dijon sauce, beer braised fennel, and smoke potato puree, I opted for the salmon prepared the same way. It was outstanding. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the sour cherry/dijon sauce was delicious. I also enjoyed the smokiness of the potato puree on the side.
During dinner, Coyote Riot, a folk, country and bluegrass band, played, which lent itself nicely to the fun and relaxed ambiance of Horse Thief Hollow.
Dessert was then served – a sweet biscuit, layered between grilled New Haven peaches and whipped cream infused with Koval Bourbon. The dessert was fantastic, but I could have used another bowl of the incredibly tasty Koval Bourbon whipped cream! The dessert paired nicely with HTH’s Borrowed Horses brew – an English Barleywine aged in Catatocin Creek Whiskey Barrels. The flavors were warm honey with notes of oak, cinnamon and vanille. This treat was 12.4% ABV, making for a very lively bus ride home aboard the ABRV!
ABR, Koval and HTH collaborated beautifully in orchestrating this dinner. I learned a lot about Beverly, beer making, and bourbon, and had a great time with fellow food bloggers Amanda of The Ghost Guest, Emily of Emily of Emily Always Cooks, and Tammy from Chicago Bites.
I will definitely return to HTH for food and beer, will seek out Koval’s whiskeys and bourbons, and, thanks to learning about horse racing, will bet on some ponies at Arlington Racetrack.
Horse Thief Hollow
10426 S. Western, Chicago, IL 60643
While my meal at Horse Thief Hollow was complimentary, all views expressed herein are my own.