Scorched Tundra XII Collaborations & Happenings Around Chicago

Beyond music there’s a number of special Scorched Tundra collaboration/celebrations occurring around Chicago to enjoy when you’re not at the show. Start by loading up the ST Playlist, reading Chicago Reader’s preview of the fest or by exploring our Heavy Hops Podcast while cruising around town or between evenings at The Empty Bottle.

Head up to Avondale and visit our friends at Metropolitan Brewing, Chicago’s oldest independently-owned craft brewery. Humbucker Dortmunder-style lager has been brewed in collaboration with Scorched Tundra on a year round basis since 2020. You can enjoy it on draft at Metro’s riverside patio, or grab a six-pack to go. It’ll also be available at the festival. While you’re up in Avondale check out other neighborhood favorites: Bucket O’Blood Records, Meteor Gem Records, The Beer Temple, Frank and Mary’s, or the many bike/walking trails and parks.

Dark Matter canned a special cask conditioned cold brew coffee to mark the occasion of ST XII. The directly sourced beans are cask conditioned with Few Whiskey prior to roasting (NERD ALERT: get the full scoop). It is currently available at DM locations, select retailers and at the festival (starting 9/1, while supplies last). DM’s original cafe Star Lounge and Mothership Roasting facility are located walking distance from The Empty Bottle.
After a few beers, coffee, a walk and some records in tote you’re probably ready to eat. Head over to Kuma’s Corner West Loop beginning 9/1 (while supplies last) to enjoy a proper meat feast: the Scorched Tundra burger.
We developed the Scorched Tundra burger together back in 2017 for ST VIII and it’s been featured on the Kuma’s Corner menu each year since during ‘Tundra season. It’s a tribute to a legendary Gothenburg establishment called The Rover, which served the “Ass On Fire” burger. Many of the foundational ideas for ST were hatched at The Rover over burgers and beer. Bring this full circle by enjoying a glass of Metropolitan Brewing “Humbucker” – the perfect accompaniment. If meat isn’t your speed we recommend checking out neighborhood staples: Handlebar, Sultan’s Market or Pizza Friendly Pizza (literally right next door to the venue).

We’ll have limited edition Scorched Tundra t-shirts available starting Night 1, along with shirts from Tundra’s past. Don’t have tickets yet? What are you waiting for!? Grab’em HERE.