This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is reaching for a bottle of something he’s quite familiar with: hops. That is, HopSlam, the latest brew from Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. He says better go get some now though, as it will only be available in the market for a short time. Cheers.
Just because The Hopleaf has an incredible selection of Belgians, doesn’t mean every BOTW has to be from there. In fact, this week, Michael Roper is looking across the Lake, to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Founders Brewing Co. has produced a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. The “breakfast” in the title refers to those oat flakes that are used to produce it, but I’m not sure you’re going to want to crack one open at the crack of dawn. Although it wouldn’t be the first time alcohol has been consumed before noon.
With the Super Bowl in New Orleans this Sunday, every TV show in the country is showing people how to celebrate like they do in NOLA: gumbo, jambalaya, etc. But I say if you want to party like a local, you really should be drinking a brandy milk punch or a sazerac.
I’ve always loved cocktails. But the problem as of late has more to do with bar chefs clouding the flavors of the hard-to-source, sought-after spirirts that are supposed to shine through. Does every other drink have to contain elderflower (St. Germain) or a rosemary/blueberry/fill-in-the-blank syrup? Sometimes, I just want a simple, straightforward cocktail, like this all-American classic.
When I first heard this week’s BotW, I thought there was some Star Wars connection. But when The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper told me it was connected to the Firestone family – yes, the same one that produce tires – I thought, how good could this possibly be? Turns out, if you like your beers deep and dark, with more than a hint of rye, you’re going to love this week’s pick. Cheers.
One would think recipes – at least in the beer brewing world – would be secret. But The Hopleaf‘s Mike Roper says there have been a lot of collaborations lately. Today’s BotW is no exception. It’s a team effort between Grand Rapids brewery Vivant and Colorado’s New Belgium. They’ve produced a lovely (and high alcohol) biere de garde, a French style that is absolutely perfect with the cheese course you might be serving at your next party. Cheers.
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper is looking all the way east, to Portland, Maine, where the Allagash Brewery is producing a series of beers in honor of some of their heroes of sustainability. They begin with Hugh Malone, whom I’ve never heard of, but who fronts a rather fresh-tasting Belgian style IPA this week. Cheers.