• Hopleaf Bar

    Promoting Better Beers, Wines & Spirits in Chicago since 1992.
    Belgian-inspired Kitchen featuring our famous Mussels & Frites.

  • Chasing Harvest—A New Zealand Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner!

    Thursday February 6, 2020

    In the main dining room as a optional special, devised by Hopleaf’s talented kitcheneers:
    4 courses with 2 beers and 3 wines.
    Mussels, Salad, Lamb, and a Cheese course  $70

    Since this is available to all in the main room, rather than a reserved event upstairs, you are not constrained by time! So that we can plan accordingly, if you plan to enjoy this offering, please RSVP to info@hopleaf.com

    Chasing Harvest was created by Chicago based husband and wife team, Michael Kush and Jennifer Kingen Kush. Chasing harvest” is a wine industry term that describes travel between the northern and southern hemispheres for extra vintage seasons in one year.

    With just their passports and backpacks, a passion for adventure, travel, and wine inspired them to ‘chase harvest’ across five continents, eight countries, and 23 vintages. They use their experiences of the world’s greatest wine regions to handcraft their limited edition wines.

    Their journey has taken them all over the world—from the vineyards of Burgundy and Cahors, France; to the slopes of the Mosel; the Western Cape of South Africa; Sonoma, California; Italy and Argentina; historic Douro Valley, Portugal and its antipodes Central Otago, New Zealand. Working with talented winemakers all along the way.

    If that is not enough, they make tiny batches of mixed fermentation beers in New Zealand, fermented with a small portion of Chasing Harvest Central Otago Pinot Noir juice and aged wild for a full year in French oak barrels. Aomatically complex and full-bodied, it will continue to evolve in bottle. It in unfined, unfiltered, and unpasteurized and will have a natural sediment.
    Two of their New Zealand wines and two vintages of their “There Be Dragons” beers will be featured in the dinner.  
    Michael Kush will be win hand through the evening to chat with diners.