Patrick Villafane’s long-term relationship with beer began with watching his parents sip on Bitburgers, the local beer of his modestly-sized hometown in Germany. Whilst travelling, Villafane developed a love for European brews and, even after moving to the U.S., he continues to play upon worldly influences when choosing craft beers for a location of his very own—The Hop Shop.
Plaza Midwood’s artistic flair proved the ideal backdrop for Villafane’s venture into the world of beer. The bottle shop’s mismatched furniture and cozy leather chairs exude comfort, cultivating its reputation as a popular gathering spot among beer lovers of all kinds. With a tucked away, industrialized, indie vibe, The Hop Shop presents a new phenomenon: a coffee shop-style bottle shop that makes you want to stay awhile.
The wealth of draft craft beers include brews like the refreshing Wooden Robot’s Sol Mates, a summery combination of lemon and wild ale. For those craving a stronger ale, opt for a La Trappe Quadrupel, a Belgian-inspired concoction of malty goodness. It doesn’t stop there. The Hop Shop also holds a wide range of bottled wines perfect for that dinner party you’ve finally got around to planning.
Villafane’s fresh take on the bottle shop craze is what makes The Hop Shop stand out. Bring your laptop, your date, your favorite book (or all three) and relax with cold beer. You deserve it.