It's too late for us, but hopefully our cautionary tale can save another drinker from the perils of craft beer. We once were happy with anything fizzy and alcoholic. But now, after sipping brews ranging from the vanilla-gloved hop punch of Oaked Arrogant Bastard to the spicy caramel mix of aged ale and fresh IPA that is Dogfish Head Burton Baton to the rich chocolate malt-thick Oskar Blues Ten FIDY stout, a watery light lager has little more appeal than a can of carbonated horse piss. Sure, it feels good to support American-owned businesses, but beers that aren't brewed mostly from rice and corn can be pricey. So stay away from the Meddlesome Moth (1621 Oak Lawn Ave.) during Ale Week, Monday through April 10. It's not just to ensure we get a seat during Monday's four-course, six-beer dinner with Stone Brewing Co. founder Greg Koch, which includes six beers (among them, the 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout) for $85 a person. It's for your own good. And avoid the rest of the week's Ska, Breckenridge and Lagunitas dinners and the tappings of aged, cask-conditioned and super-rare brews, lest you become obsessed. But if you must, call 214-628-7900 or visit mothinthe.net for reservations and the week's schedule.
April 4-10, 2011