Thursday, February 14, 2013

Charlie McKenna to host Cleetus Friedman/Dark Horse Brewing Company collaboration beer launch on Wednesday, February 20 at Lillie’s Q

Charlie McKenna to host Cleetus Friedman/Dark Horse Brewing Company collaboration beer launch on Wednesday, February 20 at Lillie’s Q

  Lillie’s Q chef/owner Charlie McKenna will host chef Cleetus Friedman’s latest brewery collaboration debut at the Lillie’s Q Bucktown location (1856 W North Ave) from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, February 20.

Friedman, formerly the chef/owner at City Provisions, teamed up with Dark Horse Brewing Company (Marshall, MI) to create “I’ll Have More” – a chocolate, caramel, and toasted rice stout that’s flavor profile is based off Nestle’s 100 Grand candy bar.

“I’ll Have More” will debut at Lillie’s Q on draft during the launch party for $7 a pint. Including “I’ll Have More”, Dark Horse’s signature and rare beers will be on all ten of the Lillie’s Q taps that night (prices will vary).

Friedman, McKenna, and Dark Horse brewery operations manager Bryan Wiggs will be on hand throughout the “I’ll Have More” launch event. The event is open to the public. There is no cover charge.


About Lillie’s Q: Chef Charlie McKenna (formerly the sous chef at Tru and Avenues) opened Lillie’s Q restaurant in July 2010 specializing in award-winning competition BBQ, Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown as a homage to his family’s deep cooking roots. McKenna has competed on the competition BBQ circuit with his father and friends the last 10 years, and the team won the prestigious Memphis In May BBQ competition in 2007 in the whole pork shoulder category and placed in Top Ten every year from 2006 through 2010 and finished 12th in 2011. McKenna opened an outpost of Lillie’s Q in Destin, FL, with his parents in 2008. At Lillie’s Q in Chicago, McKenna is smoking pork shoulder for pulled pork, tri-tip, baby back ribs, and chicken in two custom built smokers over peach wood and lump charcoal. McKenna began cooking Southern favorites and sides with grandma Lillie and his mother at an early age and those standouts make their way onto the Lillie’s Q menu via shrimp & grits, pimiento cheese, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, macaroni & cheese and banana pudding.  Lillie’s Q features moonshine-based specialty cocktails (like the “Morning Lillie” that’s a play on a Bloody Mary with a housemade meat stick), 10 All-American craft drafts and a rotating selection of about 30 All-American craft bottled beers. Located at 1856 W North Ave (773.772.5500), Lillie’s Q serves lunch and dinner daily from 11am-10pm Sunday thru Wednesday, and 11am-11pm Thursday thru Saturday. “Like” Lillie’s Q on Facebook at and follow Lillie’s Q on Twitter at and check out Lillie’s Q on YouTube at

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