Founded in 2014 in Chicago by cousins Jared Rouben (President & Brewmaster) and Jeremy Cohn (CEO), Chicago’s Moody Tongue Brewing Company is built on the philosophy of culinary brewing, appealing to those with a discerning palate—or as Rouben describes, a “moody tongue.”
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York and the Siebel Institute of Technology—one of the world’s leading beer schools founded in 1900—Rouben worked in Michelin-starred kitchens including the Martini House in Napa Valley, California and at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City before beginning to brew. Utilizing his extensive culinary background and brewing education, Rouben approaches brewing with a chef’s mindset, carefully creating balanced beers that encompass layers of flavors and aromatics using three principles — sourcing high-quality ingredients, understanding how best to handle ingredients, and knowing when and how they should be incorporated during the brewing process.
Each year, the brewery offers six perennial beers, such as the Sliced Nectarine IPA, Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, and Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter as well as a selection of limited release beers and wine or whiskey barrel-aged beers. The distribution of Moody Tongue beers focuses on culinary markets throughout the United States with a presence in major cities including Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Charleston, Houston, Atlanta, Asheville and more across ten states, as well as internationally across China in cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou.
In 2016, Moody Tongue Brewing Company expanded to open The Tasting Room within a 125-year-old abandoned glass warehouse in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The venue serves a menu of both year-round and limited-release beers in an intimate mid-century modern space showcasing a library, which houses the largest collection of beer books in the country. The stylish space quickly garnered critical acclaim and three years later, Moody Tongue’s Tasting Room earned the Jean Banchet award for “Best Bar” in 2019. The Tasting Room is open Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 p.m.; Saturday, 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Limited time offer: book our “Experience Chicago” package to get a complimentary tour and tasting. Tours are typically offered Thursday – Sunday. If you can’t make it for a tour, the Tasting Room is open Wednesdays-Fridays from 2pm-6:30pm.