“I want people rubbernecking in there,” says Jared Rouben, of his new bar Moody Tongue Tasting Room. Moody Tongue debuts tomorrow in Chicago with an abbreviated menu of chocolate cake and seasonal oysters, and beers made with Oaxacan chocolate, grapefruit and, yes, truffles.
The Internet lost its mind over Rouben’s first iteration of the truffle pilsner two years ago, when he bottled it and sold it for $120 a bottle. In the next couple of weeks, he’s putting the much-blogged about beer on tap, too.
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“That had to be one of my proudest moments, and a defining moment for Moody Tongue,” Rouben says, of that first run of brewing truffle beer. “My love for this ingredient goes back to culinary school, and what makes this beer so special is the truffle’s aromatics.”