This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper looks to Quebec, of all places, for an inspired BotW. It’s from the well-regarded Unibroue brewery, makers of such fine beers as Ephemere and Blanche de Chambly. He says it’s a perfect complement to the change in seasons. Cheers.
Many of us beer drinkers in Chicagoland (and beyond) love 3 Floyds Brewery. I’ve gone on the record several times about their fabulous new brewpub, with an upgraded kitchen and a menu that’s worth the drive. But their beers have become as legendary as the burgers at Kuma’s, and this week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is savoring a German helles lager called Gorch Fock, that is really going to blow you away. Cheers.
I had never heard of a beer deemed “Grand Cru.” I had always thought that term applied to a region or wine with a special designation. But this week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is going crazy for a very special bottle from St. Feuillien, produced by one of the world’s few female brewmasters. This Belgian doesn’t have to be kept in storage for some special occasion. It’s ready to drink now. Cheers!
There is a history of successful people getting involved in the wine/beer business. Coppola made his way in film before Napa Valley cab, and the same is true of the Firestones. Yes, they made their name in tires first, but now – according to The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper – they’re also brewing excellent beer. Take this week’s pick, for example. It’s a fine India Pale Ale that commands attention from the start, and is likely to win over those beer drinkers who have grown weary with all of the IPAs out there today. Cheers.
This week, as the weather begins the slightest shift to milder temperatures, Michael Roper looks across the pond to London, where a relatively new brewer is producing a dynamite porter, in the classic style. Trust us, it’s not as heavy as it looks. Cheers.
Revolution Brewing has been a bright spot in Logan Square since it started filling up loyalist’s growlers with frequency. Now, the Chicago brewer is branching out beyond the brewpub, selling a fantastic new Belgian-style saison. You can’t miss the dynamic bottle art, and if The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper enthusiastically recommends it, you know it’s worth a try. Cheers.