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A different kind of beer lounge, Midnight Pig Tap Room, opened its doors at 1557 Sherman Ave. on April 19. Created by the founders of Tommy Nevin’s for both the passionate beer lover and the novice, the Tap Room lets guests serve themselves from a central wall boasting more than 30 beer taps. The 2,200-square-foot tap room seats 125 people. In a casual setting with a wall of taps and no bartender, guests scan a card loaded with their desired dollar amount to self-pour beer by the ounce.

The Midnight Pig Tap Room also features a pig-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Marcus Mooney. Among the offerings are pork-based starters, soups, salads, entrees and sandwiches, charcuterie boards, warm pretzels, Wisconsin cheese curds, buttermilk fried chicken and chorizo, warmed spiced donuts and a chocolate brownie pig-out.

The venue’s name gives a nod to the “pig,” a vessel used to carry alcohol surreptitiously during Prohibition. With its first-come, first-served policy, old-fashioned table seating and beer served in ball jars with handles, the Tap Room captures the essence of the era.

 “We are thrilled to introduce a brand new concept to the Evanston community,” said Edward Carrella, chief executive officer, Sonas Hospitality.