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.
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is thinking of Cooperstown, NY – home of Ommegang, one of the best Belgian-style breweries in the U.S. Their Hop House is out now, and with our sudden blast of warm weather, he says it’s a perfect match for both lighter eating and drinking. Hope you enjoy it. Cheers.
Though Chicago has no shortage of up-and-coming craft breweries, odds are you can’t hit all of them in the span of 10 days. But thanks to Chicago Craft Beer Week, now you can. The fifth annual beer week, presented by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will take place from May 15th to May 25th throughout the Chicagoland area and will include daily events at the city’s craft brewpubs, breweries and bars. The 10-day celebration, which aims to promote the local craft beer scene, will also feature tap takeovers, beer dinners and pairings at about 300 local venues, including Public House, Blackfinn Ameripub and DryHop Brewers. Read More
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is heading west, to San Francisco, home of Anchor Brewing. The legendary brewer has recently come out with its first India Pale Ale (IPA) and he says surprisingly, it’s more subtle than a lot of its west coast brethren. Partly, that’s due to additional malt, which lends a tad more sweetness than what you might be accustomed to for an IPA (and I say hooray, since I’m not a huge IPA fan). Cheers to that.