As we all do at this time of year, it's time to look back at 2014. If we do say so ourselves, it's been quite the year for The Hop Review. We've been lucky enough to sit down with no-less than 28 of the craft beer industry's most knowledgeable, passionate, and driven people. This is all on top of the many events we've attended and the countless other awesome folks we've come across; many of who we plan to chat with throughout the next year.
THE LOOP, CHICAGO
For Chicagoans familiar with the somewhat limited offering of solid beer-centric Loop haunts, a few bars always come to mind. One of those is no doubt – Monk's Pub. And Monk's is without a doubt the leader of the pack when it comes to – not just great beer, but beer variety. Plus, it's stood the test of time and has existed in it's current location since 1971. The woman responsible for that great, and often rare, beer list – Melissa Shary. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with her about the ins and outs of running our favorite Loop watering hole. From curating a beer list, juggling distributors and brewers, to playing beverage tour guide for out-of-towners – it's clear that she keeps busy.