Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Gregg Anglebrandt, GM of Watershed, and Scott Sullivan, co-owner of Greenbush Brewing Company. Over a period of 2 hours, we made our way through a four course, five beer dinner that truly highlighted chef Lucas Creagan's abilities.
Watershed, located underneath Pops for Champagne, takes visitors back in time to the historic parlors that served up craft cocktails in abundance. Dark woods, warm lighting and the feeling that you're drinking in a clandestine location all contribute to the venue's appeal.
However, this particular evening, emphasis was appropriately placed on the food and drink. Chef Creagan prepared dishes ranging from grilled hangar steak to duck confit corn dogs and elegantly paired them with various Greenbush beers.
The pomegranate gastrique on the steak paired phenomenally with the juicy hop profile of Greenbush's Dunegras IPA. The maple chile ketchup on the duck confit corn dogs smokey flavor was flawlessly complicated by the roasty profile of Greenbush's Anger Black IPA. And the butternut squash s'mores' sweetness went perfectly with Greenbush's Isole dubbel.
Clearly, the evening was one I won't soon forget. The menu was laid out beautifully and the beers were paired with great refinement. I highly encourage you to take a moment to step into Watershed and outside of the hustle and bustle of River North's typical establishments. You won't be disappointed.