Proletariat

Chicago Craft Crawl #3: Blue Line - O'Hare Branch

Chicago Craft Crawl #3: Blue Line - O'Hare Branch

The Hop Review is back with our third Chicago Craft Crawl! As you'll remember from our first and second crawls, we use only the trains and buses of the CTA to reach some of the city's best beer spots, all while exploring the neighbourhoods that make Chicago great. Check out the first two editions for our rules but it's all pretty simple. Don't take any cabs, drink some great beer, and have some fun checking out the city.

So load up that Ventra card and prepare yourself for an afternoon of great beer and sightseeing with The Hop Review's Chicago Craft Crawl. Next up in our series: CTA Blue Line - O'Hare Branch.

A Chat with Thomas Jones of Proletariat NYC

A Chat with Thomas Jones of Proletariat NYC

NEW YORK, NY

Recent travels have sent me to opposite ends of the country with brief stops in Seattle and Boston and most recently New York City. On my way there, fellow Hop Reviewer Jack sent me a Time Out article featuring NYC's ten best craft beer spots for 2013. Naturally, I made sure to check out at least one of these and settled on Proletariat in the East Village.

From the street, Proletariat is about as unassuming as they come. In fact, it took a friend and I a minute to figure out where it was despite standing directly in front. Venture down the steps to the front door, however, and they'll be no doubt Proletariat is deserving of the praise it's been getting. With no more than 20 seats or so, the bar can get packed (and usually is) every day of the week. Those lucky enough to squeeze into a bar stool are offered up a variety of "rare, new, and unusual beer" from across the globe. Walls plastered with flash art, music that's just the right volume and a friendly vibe make this a must visit for any craft beer fan in Manhattan.

Between samples of spectacular regional beers I'd never hard of, I had the opportunity to chat with Thomas Jones; Proletariat's resident barkeep/CFO/marketing guru. Despite being charged with holding down a packed bar by himself, Thomas somehow managed to keep it all together and even had time to answer a few of my questions. Having only scratched the surface, he offered to follow up with a few more answers to my prying questions.