A few weeks ago, sometime in early April my husband picked me up from the Blue Line after work and on a whim asked if we should go check out what Eris had to offer. For whatever reason, I still wasn’t feeling the draw so wasn’t expecting much. We didn’t have much time, but I agreed to give it a go.
When I first heard that the old Presbyterian church on Irving near the Blue Line was getting turned into a cider house brewery I probably rolled my eyes. It seemed like an impossible task and over the next couple of years that it was being built out I wondered if they would run out of money before they even opened. It took so long that when they finally opened in February it barely resonated with me.
Always on a budget, I was a bit worried that the drinks were going to be overpriced. I was immediately charmed because they offered 5 oz, 13.5 oz or growlers with the 5 oz not only being very affordable but also the perfect size since I just wanted a quick sample. I had no idea what to expect from their cider selection but was again smitten by the variety. Intriguing blends with things like blueberries, cherries, and chai. I chose the Blush which is the one with dark and sweet cherry blends. It was light and crisp and refreshing.
Silently I was thinking that this place would be perfect if only they offered vegan food, but for some reason, I couldn’t imagine that being an option in a brewery in Irving Park. I didn’t even bother looking at the menu until on my way out. They sealed the deal for me when I saw they offered several vegan options. Appetizers, salads, and entrees! All options clearly marked with a VG for vegan. The only disappointment was that they didn’t have vegan desserts.
We decided to go back a short time later. I opted to try their ELT–eggplant, lettuce, and tomato. I’m not a big fan of eggplant, but it just sounded like exactly what I needed and it was. Husband got the Vegan Cobb which was also healthy and delicious.
After my first visit, I was talking about Eris with a friend who mentioned that it’s also a woman-owned business. Sure, I’d love it if it was all vegan and LEED, but yummy vegan options and woman-owned in this neighborhood is definitely a step in the right direction and certainly a place I want to support.
Eris Brewery and Cider House
4240 W. Irving Park
Open Daily 11 A.M.
Sun-Thurs: kitchen closes at 11 P.M., bar closes at 12 A.M.
Fri-Sat: kitchen closes at 12 A.M., bar closes at 2 A.M.
*Went back a few days ago and the ELT is no longer on the menu (might be seasonal?). They still offer a nice selection of vegan options, I recommend the Herb Tossed Fries for starters.