Hopleaf: The Beers of Belgium

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Even amid the American craft brewing revolution, Belgian beer is often considered the world standard of suds. See if it lives up to the hype with a visit to Hopleaf, a little piece of Belgium in Chicago, on your next night out with friends. Even if it’s a weeknight, you and your buddies should arrive early, as both levels of this cheery Andersonville pub get packed with beer-lovers ready to take on the classics. Step in and feel the authentic vibe. Vintage beer posters from around the world adorn most of the exposed-brick walls, except for the one covered in rows upon rows of beer bottles for your perusal. Belly up to the bar and choose from dozens of different beers on tap, as well as more than 400 bottles. Don’t worry, nobody expects you to memorize all the tap handles, just check out the massive, double-sided beer menu to make your selection. Will you be going with a zesty blonde ale from Achel, a Belgian Trappist brewery in the Abbey of St. Benedict, or a green-capped Rochefort #8, a fruity beer originally made for New Year’s Eve celebrations. All beers are served in style-specific glasses, including some that require a wooden stand to stay upright when they’re not being quaffed (like the Kwak, pictured). Feel free to ask one of the servers about the unique benefits of the different glasses. He’ll proudly guide you through the shelves that display every design. Accompany your brews with some hearty fare like the classic steamed mussels with fries, and don’t forget to ask for extra bread to soak up the irresistible broth. With such a variety of beers and bites available, you may have to drag some of your friends away kicking and screaming. They’ll never want to leave, and neither will you.

Hopleaf

5148 N Clark St Chicago IL 60640

(773) 334-9851

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