The Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-334-9851
Serving Better Beers, Wines & Spirits since 1992.
(It's Our 25th Anniversary Year!)
Belgian-inspired kitchen featuring our famous Mussels & Frites.
No reservations—first come, first served!
Hopleaf is an adult venue—everyone must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter. Sorry: children (including infants) will not be admitted.
05/17 Hop Head Farms Tap Takeover
06/01—A Visit from Anthony Van Hecke of La Trappe
K4K Pour of the Week: Vander Mill Dry Cider
Bottle Brewery of the Month—May: Dogfish Head
06/05—Belgian Fried Chicken Night (1st Mon. of month)
All Mondays—Bottle Mondays (discounts on bottled beers)
Recurring Reading, Storytelling, Performance Events:
Tuesday Funk (1st Tuesday of Month)
This One Woman (4th Monday of month)
Cassandra (4th Tuesday of month)
Check out their own websites for details and to confirm dates.
Weds. May 17 —
Hop Head Farms
Our second year highlighting the breweries that use HHF's hops
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Brewery folk will be with us from 6pm till close. There will be a FREE hop seminar at 7 in the upstairs bar featuring Hophead Farms founder-owner Nunzino Pizza.
And here's what's special on tap today, beers made with HHF hops, many made especially for this event:
Revolution Sun Crusher
Wiseacre Tiny Bomb
Coronado Seacoast Pils
Off Color Tooth & Claw
Shorts Magic Eye
Upland Melon Camp
Hammerheart Surtr’s Flame
Two Bros Melon Head
Solemn Oath LU
Half Acre Incredible Beige
Forbidden Root Nantucket Gold
Oskar Blues Bwahahahaha Cashmere Double IPA
Vander Mill Chaps and Laderhosen
Against the Grain Rico Sauvin
Cruz Blanca Mesa'vesa
Pollyanna XPA (Grungeist)
Begyle Let's Play Two
Three Floyds Necron 99
Maplewood Cashmere Pants
Pipeworks Roll Out IPA
Like Minds Ellison
Founders Palm Reader
FSW Pivo Pils
Marz Double Splash
Temperance The Drop
and, in bottles only:
Goose Island My Shout
Sunday April 30, all day—
It's PEIRCE DAY!
100% of the Day's proceeds (minus taxes and tips) will be donated to Helen C. Pierce School of International Studies!
From a customer’s standpoint, it’s a regular Sunday—no tickets to buy or on-site auction items, just the usual wonderful menu of food, beer & wine (full bar too.) Come with your family*, friends or by yourself. You are bound to find a familiar face from Andersonville, Edgewater, or Peirce that day. Budget cuts loom againgoing into next year...can we raise $35,000? Hopleaf open as usual from Noon-2am (food served until 10pm).
Mon. June 5 —
it's Belgian-Fried Chicken Night with Kwak!
It's the First Monday of every month —Belgian Fried Chicken Night! You might not find fried chicken on many menus on Brussels, but you might wish that you did after tasting this! It's not historically a staple of the Belgian culinary scene, but we thought we'd change that. The preparation changes from month to month. April's preparation (pictured) is:
Buttermilk-soaked/Kwak-battered chicken thighs, ramp waffle, purées of peas & carrots, pickled ramps, shaved radish, fennel, Kwak honey. Best enjoyed with a Kwak in its signature stirrup glass, but there's plenty more choices on our beer lists. Dinnertime starts at 5 on Mondays.
Weds. Feb. 15 —
25th Anniversary with Bell's Beers!
We're serving the Bell's beers that we carried in 1992 when we started, at the 1992 prices!
The Bells "legacy beers" on draft at $2.75 pint: Amber, Porter, Kalamazoo Stout, & Double Cream Stout. In bottles for $2.50 each: Bells 3rd Coast & Third Coast Old Ale. (Other "modern" Bell's products will be normally priced.) This event is WEDNESDAY ONLY. More celebrations to come as our anniversary year progresses; check back often!
Thurs. June 1, 6-8pm —
A Visit from La Trappe's
Anthony Van Hecke
with special La Trappe Tappings!
La Trappe offers the widest and most diverse range of Trappist ales on the market today. It was the first brewery to market a beer as “Quadrupel” and was the first Trappist brewery to create a barrel-aging program.
La Trappe's Export Manager, Anthony Van Hecke, is an experienced marketer, seller and lover of beer. His travels take him worldwide, with a territory that is summed up as "Everything But Europe". The Monks at La Trappe have given him a satellite phone so they can check in on him because where he goes is often out of cell range. He is an avid motor-cyclist and has an insatiable thirst for new food, beer, and experiences. He is a Knight of the Brewers Mash Staff ( La Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs), the highest award given to those who have served in the name of Belgian and Trappist beer.
That evening, we expect to have on Draft:
La Trappe Witte (Mandarina Bavaria)*
La Trappe Quadrupel
La Trappe Dubbel
and a Special Bottle Feature:
La Trappe Oak Aged Quad, Batch #25 - blended August, 2016
"Aromas of vanilla, almond, caramel, and Oak. Initial taste of La Trappe Quadrupel, followed by fruity wine aromas of the Kirsch and a hint of cherries. Oak has a modest presence in the aftertaste, giving the ale a light smoky character. Symbolically, a unique batch; the 25th Oak-Aged batch during the 25th anniversary of La Trappe Quadrupel, and the 25th anniversary of Hopleaf!"
-Used Kirsch-schnapps barrels: 59%
-New Oak Medium Toast barrels: 30%
-Dry White Wine barrels (Pouily Fume” & Sancerre): 11%
*The Witte Mandarina Bavaria is a pretty special batch with the Mandarina Bavaria hop used as the main bittering and aroma hop. It’s a newish and unique hop from Germany that provides a juicy, tangerine and citrus note on top of the clean base of La Trappe Witte. Delicious stuff.
Our Menus (pdfs & links)
Our Draft Beer Menu as of May 17—The Hop Head Farms Tap Takeover
Our Dessert Menu as of May 9
Our Off-Menu Beer List of Rarities & Large Format Bottles —May 7
Our dining menus are also available as a list at various menu sites, including http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurants/hopleaf/ .
Our most current draft menu is usually available at
https://www.beermenus.com/places/1081-hopleaf-bar (which you can follow and stay up-to-date)
(Please note that because our menus change frequently—draft menus several times a week—what you see here and especially on external websites may not be perfectly accurate.)
Hours & Party Info
Hopleaf is open 365 days of the year, at Noon every day (except as noted specifically
Sunday - Friday 12pm - 2am
Saturday 12pm - 3am
Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm
Sat. - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm - 11pm
Friday 5pm - 12am
Saturday 4pm - 12am
Sunday 4pm - 10pm
Holiday Hours 2016
Bar 6pm - 2am
Bar 12pm - 3am
Kitchen 12pm - 10pm
Bar 6pm - 2am
New Year's Eve:
Regular Hours, Regular Menu,
Regular Prices, No Cover
The History of Hopleaf
by Michael Roper, Proprietor
Where We Are
Easily reached by CTA— 22 Clark and 72 Foster buses stop at our intersection. The Red Line stops are roughly 5 blocks east—
use Berwyn or Argyle. Cabs are plentiful.
Street parking is available—mostly metered but
there are free ones on side streets and on Ashland
-7Hopleaf Gift certificates are physical stored value cards, and can be purchased in whatever denomination you like. Buy them with Paypal here online or pick one up when you come in—just ask your server.
Cards purchased online will be sent via US Post and should arrive within 5-7 business days.
If you are sending the card directly to someone else:
please be sure to include any short greeting or message you'd like to include, this way:
when you get your Paypal receipt in email from your order, hit "Reply", type your message, and Send!
WE'RE SORRY BUT DELIVERY FOR CHRISTMAS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. Post Office Guidelines show Dec. 20 as the last day for likely delivery by Christmas. Chicago addresses maybe have an extra day or so.
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News & Accolades
Delighted to be honored by Time Out Chicago in the company of so many fine establishments and people: https://www.timeout.com/chicago/bars/the-winners-of-the-2016-time-out-chicago-bar-awards
We were awarded Michelin's Bib Gourmand for 2016 ! Happy to be in such nice company too!
Our CB&J made the TheChicagoTraveler.com's Grilled Cheese List
Thanks for the love, Thrillist!
02/15—Our 25th Anniversary Celebration with Bell's Beers!
02/20—Rumvergnugen: Stone Brewing Collab Beer & Pairings
with Cleetus Friedman!
02/24—Gouden Carolus Van de Keizer Blauw Day
11/10—An Evening with New Belgium's Lauren Salazar //
7/7—Amazing Beer Pairing Dinner w/ Solemn Oath & The Bruery //
Thurs. Nov 10, 7-10pm —
An Evening with Lauren Salazar
of New Belgium Brewing
Don't miss this special opportunity to join beer blending wizard Lauren Woods Salazar of New Belgium Brewing Thursday night at Hopleaf for a pre-Festival of Barrel Aged Beers conversation about her craft, this years entry in the competition and last year's medal winner. Beer & food are included. Space is limited; details and tickets ($35) are available on http://nblaurenathopleaf.bpt.me
Tuesday July 7—
Beer Dinner with
Solemn Oath & The Bruery
There are beer dinners and there are very special beer dinners. This one is one of the latter. Patrick Rue, founder and beer savant from The Bruery does not get to Chicago very often so we are particularly honored to have him as our special guest. Along with local heroes, the aptly named John and Joe Barley, from Naperville's Solemn Oath Brewery, Patrick and those who attend will enjoy a great meal prepared with and paired with very special beers from both breweries. This is one not to miss! 5 Courses, 8 Beers, Prix Fixe menu (no substitutions) Tickets are $100 and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1784315/
The Menu, (but see the ticket link above for complete details about the dishes):
Opening beer- Geriatric Hipster Club
1st - Tradewinds Triple paired with Prawn Salad
2nd - Pain Cave paired with Lamb Carpaccio
3rd - Honorable Presenter paired with Duck & Waffles
4th - Double pairing of Sour in the Rye and Metaphysm paired with Rabbit Roulade
5th - Beret paired with White Chocolate Cheesecake & Raspberry/Malted Milk Layer Cake
Closing beer - Big Box Make Magic
"Pour It Forward"—
our Oak-Aged LaTrappe Party & Raffles
—a benefit for 3 schools
At 7pm Thursday Feb 26 Hopleaf will host a tasting of 4 different vintages
of LaTrappe Oak-Aged Quadrupel, for a mere $20 admission*.
Additionally, the first 30 people to arrive will also receive a full pour of a La Trappe beer. A $1 raffle ticket will give one lucky guest a bottle of one of these amazing beers to take home. And at the end of the evening guests are able to buy their La Trappe chalice for $5. And there will be the drawing for Brother Wolfgang's painting #6—raffle tickets for this are $20 a piece, and can be purchased at Hopleaf without attending the event. Please see below for an explanation of the charity.
Tickets for the tasting can be purchased online or at the door.
(As this is in Hopleaf's upstairs bar, the room could reach capacity.)
Proceeds of raffles will go to the two Ugandan schools that
are neighbors of LaTrappe's daughter monastery there.
(See details below for the important painting raffle.)
Proceeds of admission tickets will go to our local public elementary school,
Helen C Peirce on Bryn Mawr Ave.
Brother Isaac, Prior of the abbey and director of the brewery, writes: Each Trappist monastery uses a part of its revenues for social and charitable purposes. For example, the PUUR run, an annual recreational running event which was organized last may on the grounds of our Koningshoeven abbey raised nearly 5,000 euros.
This money will be used to renovate the schools that are close to our daughter monastery in Uganda and to provide them with drinking water. During the last visit to Uganda, which the entire management of the brewery made, we were very touched by the deplorable state the schools were in. 30 children were in a hut with no windows or light.
The proceeds of Brother Wolfgang’s paintings will be used for these schools. There are two schools near the monastery in Uganda; a Catholic school and a Muslim school. We make no distinction. We will try to help both schools. Our daughter abbey in Uganda is itself so poor that they are not able to help these schools by their selves. That is why the brewery and the abbey will take this for their account. Also, we will try to teach the brothers of the monastery some more about agriculture. This is one of main ways of generating income in Uganda.
Brother Wolfgang is a monk at the LaTrappe abbey and he is a painter. His paintings have been auctioned or raffled in various locations in the US over the past year, with the proceeds going to help these Ugandan schools, which are in dire need of renovation and upgrading— the structures are small, rough, windowless and dark— they are especially in need of light. Which is appropriate: Brother Wolfgang's paintings are inspired by the Lux Perpetua, the everlasting light of God, shining through the darkness and adversity.
This painting is referred to as "#6", and it measures 39"x48". Please help us help the monks do this good thing! Raffle tickets are $20 a piece, and can be purchased from your server at the bar or at your table or at the event. We will be drawing the winning ticket at our LaTrappe party “Pour It Forward" on Thursday evening February 26, upstairs here at Hopleaf.