ANDERSONVILLE — Hopleaf has been closed to the public since Illinois’ stay at home order has been in place, leaving kegs of beer sitting stagnant and in danger of going bad.
Neighbors can help the popular bar and restaurant remedy the situation at this weekend’s growler sale. During the sale, which runs 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 5148 N. Clark St., customers can bring a growler to be filled with the bar’s stock of kegged beer.
“We have two walk-in coolers with a lot of draft beer that is still fresh and delicious, but the clock is ticking and we’d hate for it to go to waste,” Hopleaf wrote on its Facebook page.
Customers are encouraged to bring their own growlers (with the caps), or they can get a disposable one. Hopleaf will have more than 30 beers available at the sale, though they’re already low on some. Those will be replaced on the tap by other beers.
The sale will be cash-only.
If there is a line for the beer sale, new sidewalk markings on Clark Street will help customers maintain 6 feet of distance.
Like virtually all food businesses in the city, Hopleaf has been severely impacted by the coronavirus and efforts to mitigate its spread.
Hopleaf had to lay off 65 employees in mid-March, when Gov. JB Pritzker closed bars, its owners told Forbes.com. Weekend beer sales have made up less than 5 percent of the business’ normal revenue, according to the report.
“The revenue helps us pay ongoing bills that keep coming whether we are open or closed,” Hopleaf management said on Facebook.
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