In the summertime, many of us crave a thirst-quenching beer, but not everyone wants (or is allowed to consume) alcohol. Enter Krombacher, a weizen beer from Germany that refreshes without knocking you on your ass. Just ask the Hopleaf’s Michael Roper. Cheers.
Sierra Nevada has been working to help support and rebuild a monastery over the past few years. Their Ovila series has produced some great beers in this effort, and this week’s pick – a mandarin orange and peppercorn-flavored saison – is well worth the effort to seek out. Naturally, like all of our picks, you can always find it at The Hopleaf in Andersonville. Cheers.
Fort Collins, Colorado is our focus this week, as The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper features New Belgium’s Summer Series beer, called Rolle Bolle. It features monkfruit – something we’ve never even heard of – in a very low alcohol, refreshing summer beer. Cheers.
Bring on the pilsners. This week, Roper is going with a Chicago favorite, the Pony Pils from the local boys at Half Acre Brewing. But he’s also got a few other pilsners in mind, namely, Scrimshaw (from North Coast in Ft. Bragg, CA) and Trumer (from Berkeley, CA), both of which are great “lawnmower” beers. If you actually have a lawn that you mow, then by all means, go pick up one of these easy-drinking beers this summer. Cheers.
Ah yes.. summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Softball games, picnics and a refreshing beer, of course. This week, Roper is feeling the Midwestern love with a quartet of wheat beers, from such favorites as Greenbush, Bell’s and Revolution. You don’t need an excuse to open up one of these, just a summertime thirst. Cheers.
Greg Hall hasn’t really taken that much of a break since leaving Goose Island as its Brewmaster. The Chicago native is keeping things close to home, with his new company, Virtue Brands, having built an impressive headquarters just around the bend, in SW Michigan. He’s now got three ciders out on the market: Lapinette, a French-stye cider; a winter cider called The Mitten, and my favorite – RedStreak – a proper English-style draft cider. There are several places around town where you can find it; I highly recommend you seek a pint out (or two).