• Kvelertak will not be performing at this event.

Sorry to add to the crowding on the Chicago Craft Beer Week schedule—there are hundreds upon hundreds of events there already—but the Reader and Binny’s are partnering up for something called “Beer & Music” on Thursday, May 23. Specifically, beer manager Adam Vavrick of the Lincoln Park store has invited me to join him in conducting an experiment in synesthesia and intoxication—we’ll each be pairing four beers with favorite songs from our record collections.

You may have noticed that in my Beer and Metal column I frequently resort to execrable puns and other forms of wordplay in order to segue between whatever beer I’m discussing and whatever metal I feel like posting. (Last week, for instance, I reviewed three Ballast Point beers, and because they’re all named after seagoing fish, I included a couple of song streams from German band the Ocean.) Fear not, though—I won’t be relying on that kind of connection here. I don’t want to give away the specifics, but I’m at least attempting to find beers that taste like certain songs sound. If that makes any sense.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.