• Hopleaf Bar

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

  • New Authentic Trappist Ale—Tynt Meadow!

    We now carry the newest Authentic Trappist ale—and it’s from England! Tynt Meadow is made by the 35 monks at the Abbey of Mount St Bernard in Leicestershire. It’s a strong dark ale with a clearly British character. Mahogany-hued with a subtle, warm red highlights and a lasting beige head, its aroma carries hints of dark chocolate & licorice and its delightfully full-body continues with notes of dark chocolate, pepper & fig.

    The monastery was founded in 1835 by monks fleeing the suppression of monasteries in France. Author Charles Dickens and actor Alec Guinness took extended spiritual retreats there. Until 2014, the monks supported themselves running a dairy. Declining milk prices made their dairy unsustainable. In 2018, the were accepted into the Trappist brewing consortium and began brewing beer. The results have now made their way to America and to Chicago. Glassware has not arrived in the USA yet. When it does, you can be sure that Hopleaf will serve it in its proper glass. In the meantime, other Trappist chalices will do just fine. Come by and welcome Tynt Meadow to the fold. The debut here is Wednesday July 13.
    Fr4om 5-7pm there will be representatives from Merchant Du Vin, its importer, on hand.