Friday, November 4, 2011

Hopfields Gastropub - NOW OPEN - Serving Craft Beer, Savory Drinks & French Style Street Food

Serving craft beer, savory drinks & French style street food
A Place to Sip and Graze

UPDATE - Hopfields Opened on Tuesday, November 22nd

For the owners, Bay and Lindsay Anthon, their neighborhood gastropub is a labor of love. Love of beer, food and life is what drove them to pour their heart and soul into the creation of Hopfields. At Hopfields you'll find craft beers whose taps will adorn their copper walls and the carefully chosen recipes that have been passed down through generations by Lindsay's French born mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

But don't be mistaken by the modern decor and French cuisine, this gastropub plans to have a vibe that focuses on comfort and friendly service, great food and great beer. Hopfields will have 40 craft beers on tap, half of which are local, including unique ales. Several wines by the glass and bottle will also be available and even rare sours and cocktails made with sake, vermouth, port and sherry.

Instead of waitstaff, the customer will be greeted by friendly, approachable, knowledgeable staff available at the counter whenever they need a recommendation or to place an order. Without having to be stuck at one table, customers can feel free to linger, wander, explore the beers and become part of the Hopfields community. 

Long tables will be installed under their modern yet rustic fixtures to create a sense of community as neighbors, friends, families and co-workers sit together to unwind after a long day. You might just find couples sharing one of the wooden pews with a cup of french press coffee or maybe even a group of friends lounging in the back room with a few pints and some good laughs. 

As parents, The Anthons understand what it means to have a place where you feel comfortable bringing your children to your favorite establishment. Highchairs will be available so that families with smaller children can still enjoy themselves.
The importance of family is apparent in every detail at Hopfields. The 150 year old French recipes have been passed down by Lindsay's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In fact, it is Lindsay's mother that you'll see preparing seasonal salads, paté and tarts and serving local paté and, of course, the baguettes, cheeses and crepes that are such an integral part of French fare. 

Many of the ingredients on the menu will be sourced locally from Pate Letelier, Springdale Farms as well as the Austin Farmers' Market. You will not find a freezer in Hopfields for good reason. Besides the bread and some of the patés all of the dishes are made by hand in house. 

In the future they plan to feature movie nights with food pairings and football games to watch while you enjoy a pint, but Hopfields is not to be confused with your traditional sports bar. 

Lindsay and Bay hope that Hopfields will be a pub unlike anything currently offered in Austin. As my husband and I sat listening to our friends' concept and vision, we both smiled at the thought of this unique restaurant opening in our neighborhood. 

I think they've hit the nail on the head. The duo seem to intermingle the masculine and feminine details of this gastropub beautifully. 

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." 
- Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist & poet

Hopfields plans to open their doors in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you can follow their progress on their blog, Facebook page and Twitter

Have a suggestion? Want to see a beer on tap? They would love to hear from you. Customer input is welcomed as they want this to be your favorite place to land at the end of the day. 
You can find this little jewel at:

3110 Guadalupe Street, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78705
(just north of Wheatsville and West Campus) 

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