Warning: This may be one of the few reviews of NEXT to not focus primarily on the food, nor discuss much about the coming menus (we asked, it’s still “childhood”). This review is about the beer. Once, I wrote a story about Ann Arbor food and went out of my way to not mention Zingerman’s Deli. The world continues to turn, but I just wanted anyone wandering in from a blind search to be fully prepared.
KARL: I lucked into a seat at NEXT on Sunday night, departure time 9:45, strapped in and ready to suck down some serious Thai food as prepared by some of the finest kitchen talent Chicago has to offer. Short food review: Soup was phenomenal, street food bites were amazing, everything else was fantastic. Moving on. As above, since this is a beer site and we are beer writers, I was honestly very excited to see how a custom-crafted beer from one of Chicago’s best breweries would pair with food from a restaurant run by the best chef in America.*
Before we even arrived, I was communicating with our friends who invited us that, um, we can get the beverage pairings with the Half Acre beer, right? And when we sat down and Waiter #1 (in a series of what must have been over half a dozen) asked us what kind of drinks we wanted, I stared down the table and announced that whatever pairing had the beer, that’s the one I wanted, please and thank you.
You could say I was excited. Continue reading