Non si può andare a Bruxelles senza visitare questo locale storico. A due piani. Quello superiore ha una grandissima scelta di birre alla spina, a rotazione. Nel piano di sotto, invece, si possono trovare moltissime birre in bottiglia. Si possono trovare anche i formaggi delle grandi abazie trappiste, da degustare insieme alle birre. E’ molto rumoroso (sicuramente non dovete andarci se cercate un po’ di quiete) e il servizio non è dei migliori. Il personale è molto veloce, ma non sta lì a spiegarti le caratteristiche delle birre. Nel listino trovi solo i nomi delle birre e la graduazione, ma niente di più. Contando che da lì passano moltissime birre e che non si possono conoscerle tutte, almeno potevano scrivere qualche informazione di più sul listino. In ogni caso, è sempre un ottimo bar.
Top floor under the roof in the Delirium building. Could have been cozy, but its to hot, to crowded, to noisy at our 2 visits to really enjoy. Some good, some not so good beer on tap. A long bottle list aswell, but i didnt venture into that. Service was little lacking, at one point he left the bar for most of 10 minutes, and at another was drinking shots with friends instead of serving customer. Come early, or maybe very late if you wanna tick the beers here.
very calm, everywhere its crowded, here we’re alone? and they have the best beers here? weird, but hey, id rather have it like this ! cool place to hang out, nice bartender,... the american ’rarities’ are cheaper than expected, the belgians are a lot more expensive than usual.. toerists? prob. .. but its their good right, they gotta eat too :)
Rerate after several visits . Service is always nice and passioned , selection seems to be way smaller , nut still insane . 50 % off at 2 pages , making several us beers cheaper than local retail prices . Thats just insane . Once tasted a sink the bismark for free , today i got a free beer upon purchasing 4 bottles to take out . Hard to admit , that besides my hate for the other drlirium pubs ( service is worst than you can imagine ) this is one of the best pubs in Belgium .
Went on a saturday, was supposed to be more quiet than downstairs but there were lots of young and loud people there. The bartenders did not contribute by turning up the music as the shouting increased. Guess a saturday is the wrong day to go there...
Having an ignorant bartender when ordering did not contribute either, The selection of international beers was quite good.
Have to update the place, last one was two years ago.
Sadly what I mentioned in my previous rate turned out to be true.
You want to have an extensive beer list? then you have to be ready to sell it. Last few times at Hoppy all I saw was discount on bottles that have expired. Yup, selling an IPA that’s over 6 months past is not good, even with a discount, and worse, for a place that claims to have a good list. With the volume of crappy Huyghe beers that are sold, you can’t tell me that you can’t have better prices on craft bottles when you clearly do between 250- 300% on the original price.
The draft menu, which could be great, is polluted by below average Huyghe beers that pale in comparison with the quality that they are trying to sell at Hoppy Loft. Why sell such low value beers in what ought to be an upscale place?
Next is the issue of the staff, some great folks very knowledgable in beers seem to be gone, and at times whoever works there offers just a spotty service and clearly has no knowledge of craft beer. I am sorry, but if I buy a 20 euro bottle I am expecting some quality here.
And last, but that never changed, the atmosphere despite being quiet, is lacking from the dirty broken down bathrooms to the Hoppyloft room that has zero outside light coming in do not help.
As it stands, the place is good to visit for ticks on some of the draft (even there they put beers that are clearly passed date, does Porterhouse or Flying Dog ring a bell? then why buy 10 kegs of the same beer?).
Updated June 2012. A lot of new beers coming in. Sadly, I think someone out there is really jacking up the price at times 2-3 folds rendering a lot of the beers totally uninteresting to even sample unless you have some friends with you willing to split the cost.
Luckily, the tap list is interesting, but please, please, get rid of the shitty Huyghe beers.
Atmosphere is nice, going from the quiet near empty, to the annoyingly loud and crowded. I guess in terms of atmospeher, no windows to even see outside, with a few serving trays, etc. Not much to speak of. 2-8-13-7-15
Updated rating : 8/4/11
Thanks to Antoine for letting me know about the menu;
Visited during a Thur evening, just two of us up there, no smoking issue this time. Huge selection of American and Danish beers.
Some can get very pricey while others are reasonable, especially for a 50cl bottle that when split with a friend is no more expensive than some Belgian beers.
Delirium’s upper floor dedicated to US and Scandinavian beers.
After looking at the menu, I found that there were only a few US beers on tap and the list had just all Belgian beers. Did not see any Scandinavians on the list, unless I missed something.
Three of the beers on their list were not available. I honestly did not see much of a difference with the bars on the other two floors.
Place was horribly smoky with all the smoke of the two floors rising up to that level. Not much of a service to speak of, order at the bar. But again, I get awesome service downstairs when the place is not busy.
Loud, touristy in the evening and sadly, the Hoppy Loft doesn’t open until 6pm.
I still prefer going to the basement pub around 10.30-11am when most of the crowd has yet to show up.
The hoppy loft offers a weird escape from the swirling tempest of tourism in the below streets, for which the delirium village is itself partially responsible. The bottle and tap list seem to cater to Belgian beer tourists who can take advantage of the substantial foreign craft options from America, Netherlands, UK etc. Prices are fine. The hoppy loft is another good bar in a city with many; it’s a worthy stop, not an essential one.
Definitely a place geared towards Belgian beer geeks instead of visitors. Few Belgians on offer. Plenty of stuff from the likes of Mikkeller and some of the bigger US players. There was a Siren beer on draft which was sort of cool. Prices can be ridiculous, but there were some deals sprinkled in there. For instance, the Canitillon and 3F stuff on offer was much cheaper than what Moeder Lambic was trying to fleece customers for. Overall, not an essential stop for visitors to Belgium.
It is a better atmosphere than the bar below, although I didn’t really find anything of interest when I popped by. I’m not really looking to drink imported, stale American beers at crazy prices either. I’d say the bar is great for local folk looking at trying something different.