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Reviews by nortmand:
4.7/5 rDev +5.9%
I've been here twice, once when dead and once when busy. Obviously much more relaxing when dead.
Cool little place with two floors of delicious Belgian heaven. An eclectic mix of young hipsters and midaged beer folks.
Mind boggling selection of Belgian beers, the tap selection alone makes this one of the best beer bars I've been to. Every beer I've had here has been dead on, clean lines and high turnover = delicious beer.
The food was also great, somewhat limited menu, but all very good choices for the beer selection. Just be sure to show up early if you want to eat, as the place gets awfully busy.
It's pretty expensive to come drink here, but consider what you're getting.
12-05-2005 20:41:48 | More by nortmand
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4.29/5 rDev -3.4%
Stopped by hopleaf on a recent trip to Chi town. Just prior to hopleaf I stopped by a modestly impressive bottle shop located nearby (unsure of the name, same intersection)
The bar had an English pub kind of feel walking in, though it was weird being carded at the door before it was even nighttime (midday on a Friday). The bar seats were generally taken, but it was easy enough to grab a table, which had the draught and bottle menus available.
There were many local options available, but I gravitated towards the 3 floyds options, which included zombie dust, yum yum, and fantasmo - all for $6/pint. Yum Yum was a new option for me, so I requested a sample first (1/4 oz pour into a highball glass - barely enough to coat my palate or to get much aroma) and eventually I settled on that option for my full pour. Service was reasonably quick and it was already busy (considering the time of day and location - kind of far North compared to other options). There were no issues using card/closing tab, getting water, using the bathroom, etc.
Unfortunately I didn't stay for a meal.
Overall I'd say this is a worthwhile stop. The taps were selective (including some STL love with their perennial collab hopfentea) and I was able to grab a pint of a fresh local beer I was actually interested in trying with general ease (and for a reasonable price).
Protip: check out some amazing viet food @ tank noodle beforehand and make the reasonable walk from there
08-12-2014 00:30:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.