Spending two years in oak, along with some Michigan cherries, Goose Island’s Madame Rose is truly a unique brew. This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper urges you to go out and find some, before it’s all gone. Better yet, pick up a few extra bottles and cellar them for awhile; it will only improve with age. Cheers.
We’re deviating a bit from the hops and barley theme this week, as we take a sip of a refreshing cider from the well-regarded Vandermill Brewery in Spring Lake, Michigan. This particular cider features both ginger and peach, for a light, refreshing, totally quaffable cider that is well suited to drinking with food or all by itself. Cheers.
This week’s pick comes from the Dupont brewery in Belgium. It’s called Dry Hopping, and it only comes out once a year. The unique feature is that is relies on a single hop varietal. In this case, it’s the Challenger hop from Britain. Cheers!
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper looks to Belgium (the guy should know, his bar has more than 100 Belgians on offer) for his Beer of the Week. The Vicar Quinto comes from the Dilewyns Brewery; it’s a golden, high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation in both the bottle and the cask. It’s brand new in Chicago, so go pick one up this weekend. Cheers.
So many summertime beers to sip, so little time. This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper suggests a pair of craft beers – both less than 5% abv – from the pride of Paso Robles, CA: Firestone Walker (yes, the same family who made the tires). He says they’re limited to the season, so you don’t have a lot of time to try them. Go out and get one (or both) this weekend. Cheers.
This week, as we finally slip into some consistently warm days, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper has an excellent pale ale in mind from Downingtown, PA. Victory Brewing (makers of such iconic brands as Golden Monkey and Prima Pils) has created a seasonal golden ale with German hops and pale malt. This “Summer Love” is sure to be a bottle you’re going to enjoy – at least for the next few weeks.