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Thirsty Thursdays?

By Andrew Jenkins in Food on Oct 13, 2006 1:26PM

irishbistro1.gifDomestic beer specials don’t typically blow our kilts up, but we were pleasantly surprised by the craft beer selection offered at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.), which happens to serve all of its American-made beers for $2.50 on Thursday evenings. Sure the name is a little long and confusing (what the hell is an Irish Bistro anyway), but the place has a banging beer list.

For a measly 10 quarters you can enjoy some great pints from three of the best local brewing companies. Mrs. Murphy and her sons feature two options from Three Floyds Brewing of Muster, IN—the hoppy Alpha King (on tap) and a bottled Robert the Bruce (full of roasted malty goodness).

Some of the other highlights include the Goose Island Matilda and Two Brothers Heavy-Handed I.P.A., each on tap. A few other Goose products, the Two Bros Ebel’s Weiss and the Prima Pils from Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania are also available in bottle. Plain and simple, these beers are friggin’ good and extremely under priced on Thursdays. We suggest sampling a few before the restaurant wises up.

If you happen upon Mrs. Murphy on any night other than a Thursday, there are some other great import beer options from Belgium and Germany, not to mention a whole slew of Irish whiskeys. Oh yeah, they have food too. We were too full from all of the Robert the Bruce to taste anything, but the Guinness and onion soup looked pretty good as a server passed us at the bar (the restaurant actually garnered a spot on Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2006). We’ll have to come back another time for the food – next Thursday sounds good.