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Laffler's Off Color beer to debut with pop-up bar

Chicago has seen its share of new breweries in recent years, but there was a unique stir when John Laffler announced in November that he was leaving Goose Island to launch one of his own.

Well, it’s finally time to taste some of the beers Laffler is creating with partner Dave Bleitner, formerly of Two Brothers Brewing, in the form of Off Color Brewing. On March 10 and 11, Off Color will take over Black Rock bar in Roscoe Village with a pop-up bar it is calling Mischief.

Tickets, which cost $40, go on sale on Friday at noon through Brown Paper Tickets. There will be two sessions on Sunday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight, and one on Monday, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Drinks are included with the price of ticket.

Laffler and Bleitner have said they'll avoid making traditional beer styles, and the menu at Black Rock -- sorry, Mischief -- sounds as if they will be hewing to that promise.

Laffler said he and Bleitner brewed four collaborations for the event -- two with Metropolitan Brewing (a pink rice bohemian pilsner with a “subdued floral/tropical fruit element underneath the more traditional noble character” and a smoked bock), and one each with Haymarket and Three Floyds.

“For our Haymarket beer, I just made up a style,” Laffler said, describing the brew as “malty, a little toasty, super clean, crisp and dry.”

The Three Floyds collaboration is “something about halfway between a Belgian strong golden and an imperial saison” with both French and Belgian yeasts.

Laffler said there will also be kegs from Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Evil Twin and Firestone Walker tapped over the two days as well as “a whole mess of cocktails” poured by bartenders from Big Star, Graham Elliot Bistro, Little Goat, Local Option and The Office.

Construction of Off Color’s brewery, near Pulaski Road and Armitage Avenue, has been steady, Laffler said, and this week includes assembling their 20-barrel brewing system. Fermentation tanks are expected to arrive by the end of March, which means Off Color beer will likely be available by the end of April.

For more details about the brewery, click here.

jbnoel@tribune.com

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