The Latest Lawry’s-SideDoor Beer Dinner: Pollyanna Brewing, Jan 26


SideDoor (100 E. Ontario St.), sister restaurant of Lawry’s The Prime Rib, and Director of Beverage, Tori Sanchez, announce Pollyanna Brewing as the January partner in SideDoor’s seasonal dinner series. On Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m., foodies and beer lovers can enjoy a selection of limited Pollyanna beers alongside a reception and five-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Steve Goellner.

Pollyanna has just recently added to its Lemont home a Roselle location known as  “Roselare.” The brewery continues to add exceptionally high-quality, well-crafted sour beers to its already award-winning portfolio.

And, people are taking notice.

One of my first beer showcases at, in fact, involved a sit-down talk with Brian Pawola to discuss the brewery’s popular Summerly Raspberry Wheat.  Also, my friends at took the time to showcase Pollyanna in their typical unique, thorough and entertaining way — with great photos, of course.

Meanwhile, my experience with SideDoor on March 23, 2017 was something to behold. But, who wants to read about a dinner with beer when you can see a picture slideshow? Here’s my experience in 45 seconds. 

Or, you can just gaze upon this dessert. Donuts and beer? Yes please.


Menu & Beer

On Jan 26th, the evening begins with a reception offering Bavarian Pretzel Bites paired with Pollyanna’s The Full Lemonty, an American Blonde Ale. Dinner courses include a Beignet with foie gras, clementine, polenta cake, pickled red onion, and soy caramel; King Crab with yellow curry, watermelon, avocado, tomato, and radish; 36-Hour Braised Lamb Shank with apricot puree, swiss chard, and Moroccan spiced jus; and ends with Death By Chocolate Cake with espresso mousse and raspberry.

Director of Beverage Tori Sanchez worked with the Pollyanna team to curate a list of exclusive beers for the event. Featured beer pairings alongside dinner include Pollyanna’s Mazzie, an American Pale Ale, Cranberry Orange Allure, a sour Berliner Weissbier, the Belgian Quad Orenda – Volume 1, plus a special Nitro Porter with limited availability – the Eleanor Vanilla – for dessert. The brewery also releases a variant of its Maple Fun Size, a milk stout, available for purchase along with its Personal Chain Letter and Personal Chain Letter Ghost Pepper.

By the way — the Pollyanna crew is pretty fun, too.

The Details

As one who attended a SideDoor-brewery paired dinner, I can assure you that it’s worth every penny — a memorable experience, for sure.  Great beer and food. A great location. Fun people. Awesome location. Don’t miss it!

Tickets are $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and include five courses with Pollyanna beer pairings. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Tori at

Feature image provided to APintOfChicago via Wagstaff Worldwide & SideDoor.  The writing for this piece included sections taken from a Press Release from Wagstaff. 


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