Chicago: A Rad City for Beer

I spent the weekend in Chicago to celebrate the end of American Craft Beer Week. It was my first time in the city (besides waiting for connecting flights in the airport here and there) and I really couldn’t have asked for more out of my visit.

While I have tons to share with you all over the next couple weeks or so, I will begin with two really rad beer bars; Hopleaf and Fountainhead. I began my trip by visiting them and was really quite impressed.

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Hopleaf offers a large selection of craft brews and Belgian styles on tap, as well as almost an absurd (not that I’m complaining!) amount of bottled beers, with tasty gourmet pub-style food and a great atmosphere. On of my favorites from that visit was the Aecht Schlenferla Rauchbier, a dark, incredibly smoky Märzen straight from Germany. You’ll find this pictured below with Rodolfo of Primus Cervezas in Mexico City.

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

After quite a few choice brews at Hopleaf, we headed to Fountainhead to meet up with Chris and Margaret Quinn, owners of The Beer Temple to enjoy some fabulous food and many, many more delicious beers.

Fountainhead Bar in Chicago

Fountainhead is a newer establishment in Chicago but insanely busy all the same. If you ever get the chance to visit, I most definitely suggest the Cajun chicken sandwich with pineapple and avocado butter. It was sublime.

Fountainhead Bar in Chicago

We spent many hours tasting and discussing beer… we even tried a number of blends! Some were out of this world (chocolaty stout with a strawberry lambic) and some, at least in my opinion, should never be blended again. Of course, to each his own.

Again, this is just one of many posts to come, highlighting some of the best of beer in Chicago. Check back soon for more.

Cheers!

[techtags:CHICAGO BEER BARS, HOPLEAF BAR, FOUNTAINHEAD BAR, AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK]

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