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.
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is returning to an annual, seasonal beer from Dogfish Head, the pride of Milton, Delaware. It’s called Noble Rot, and if the name sounds like something along the lines of a late-harvest wine, well, you’re sort of on the right track. The brewers use grape must from viognier, which gives the beer a bit of wine character. He says it’s a great choice if you’re a beer drinker who hates wine, or vice versa. Cheers.
We’ve got an interesting beer this week, all the way from Denmark. Mikkeller makes a ton of different beers – they never make the same one twice – and this week Roper is loving a lambic. But take note: it’s a seasonal, and it won’t be around all year long. Get one at The Hopleaf or your local fine beer establishment.
Chicago’s Revolution Brewing just keeps cranking out the unique beer. With a massive brewpub, a strong lineup of seasonal beers as well as specialty ales, this week’s pick is no exception. It’s a rye IPA with 7.6 ABV, which has a roasty, toasty character, thanks to the rye, as well as Amarillo and Fuggle hops. If you can’t make it to their brewpub in Logan Square, or to The Hopleaf, you should be able to find it in better liquor stores throughout the region. Cheers.