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THe North shore weekend

Connectivities: A Watercolor Exhibition | Northbrook Public Library | 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook | See 32 paintings by watercolorist David Dallison on view through Jan. 7. The series, created over the last 15 years, aspires to capture scenes of everyday life and landscapes from Dallison’s travels and function as a celebration of the places, events, and people that inspire him.

Forest | 4 p.m. | Tickets $15 for all ages |

Hum for the Holidays

Available at lakeforestcivicorchestra.org or at

| The Wilmette Theater | 1122 Central Ave.,

www.gortoncenter.org |

Wilmette | 4 p.m. | Tickets $12 at the door |

Enjoy a sing-a-long with traditional carols and favorite Christmas songs. Ron and Cynthia Arden are the featured soloists, and there will be a visitor from the North Pole.

Join singer, songwriter, and children’s entertainer Joel Frankel for the sing-along “Hum for the Holidays,” an afternoon concert. Featuring family friendly entertainment with Frankel’s  acoustic sounds along with a variety of hand instruments and props.  

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Holiday Bling: A Floral Design Workshop | Lake Forest Flowers | 546 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest | Noon | Class fee: $75 (includes

saturday, DECEMBER 21

Wiggleworms! Winter Reading Kickoff Program | Glencoe Public Library | 320 Park Ave., Glencoe | 11 a.m. | www.glencoepubliclibrary.org | For children of all ages with parent or caregiver. Laura Doherty from the Old Town School of Folk Music Wiggleworms program will acoustically rock your child’s world with folk-pop tunes from her award-winning CD “Shining Like a Star.” This

Community Center | 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake

program engages children in dancing, singing, puppets, and more.

wilmettetheater.com |

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

12/21 – 12/22/13

materials) | lakeforestflowers.com | Glitter, sparkles, and metallic ... come and create a contemporary design using fresh and permanent materials mixed with seasonal evergreens for your table. Glitter is forever, so come wearing clothes you don’t mind getting sparkly.

A Family Christmas Celebration | Lake Forest Civic Orchestra/Gorton

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

Merry Christmas! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26

Room & Board’s Annual Clearance Event | Room & Board | 10071 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | roomandboard.com | Room & Board, the modern American-made home furnishings retailer, will offer 20 to 50 percent off floor samples, including sofas, tables, storage pieces and more. Shoppers are encouraged to arrive early and will be served warm beverages. Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the subject heading “GOAT” along with the particulars — Event Name, Event Location/ Sponsor, Event Address, Event Time/Date, Event Cost, contact information (web or phone) and a 30-word description of the event —to katierose@jwcmedia.com at least 14 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

matter of taste

He is consumed by brewing what others consume ■ by katie rose mceneely

Ben Rossi

photography by joel lerner

Ben Rossi is the eponymous only child and founder of Only Child Brewing in Northbrook. How did you start making beer? I started home brewing several years ago, and just really started getting into it — not only because of my avid enthusiasm for craft beer and different styles of beer, but the whole science and history behind the brewing process has always been fascinating to me. Once I discovered it all, it really became a consuming passion of mine. Years brewing? Six or seven years. What compelled you to start Only Child? On top of the many benefits of entrepreneurship, it’s nice to do something that I’m passionate about and that I’m proud of. I’ve been in the bar and restaurant industry for well over a decade. I have a wife and two kids, and the late nights and hours in the hospitality industry burns you out. I wanted to take something I enjoyed doing and do it for a living. We just started releasing beer in September, and hopefully by the end of the year, we’ll have at least a dozen different beers. As the years go by that number will just increase. We’re in the process of expanding the brewery, building out a separate grain room and storage facility. Favorite beer to drink? I’ll be diplomatic. I’m a big fan of sessionable beers, beers with lower alcohol content. There are so many awesome beers and types out there, but I prefer a beer I can drink a couple of while I’m watching a Bears game. Favorite beer to make? I like making our farmhouse ale. It’s such a good, drinkable beer. I love that beer — it’s very earthy and rustic. It’s really something special. Worthwhile gadget? I’d say my tankless water heater is the best part of the whole brewing process — it’s uber efficient.

Favorite cookbook? The Brewing bible is “How to Brew” by John Palmer, and it answers any question you could possibly have. That guy’s a mad scientist. I also think that anybody with even the slightest appreciate for craft brewing should read “The Brewmaster’s Table,” by Garrett Oliver, which concentrates more on beer and food pairings. It opens up your eyes to how complex beer can be. Best bar story? My brother-in-law helps me brew a lot of beer. One day, he and I were brewing and my wife and kids were in the area and stopped by. It was one of the first brew days we had after operations started, so we were still working out the kinks. While we were transferring some of the beer, we had had a significant spill. There was a decent amount of beer on the floor. When my wife and children came in, my eldest, who is 4 years old, put her hands on her face and said, in shock, “what’s that all over the floor?!” She was so upset that we’d spilled some of the beer — she cared very deeply about the spilled beer. It was amusing. Only Child Brewing has five beers, which are available at Binny’s, The Firkin, and Whole Foods Northbrook. For more information, visit onlychildbrewing.com. ■

Drink pairings Our farmhouse ale is a Belgian, and it’s very spicy and effervescent, good with just about anything. The dark wheat beer: very robust and would be great with a good steak or some barbeque or even a dessert. Anything with chocolate would pair well with it. The pale rye is a very crisp, drinkable beer, it would go great with any appetizer or game-day fare — great with pizza.

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The North Shore Weekend EAST, Issue 63  

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