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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Hops Restaurant Bar & Brewery Restaurant Review: For those who like their beer varied and homemade, this chain hits the spot. It has now bubbled over into 15 states. Get up close and personal with the brews since stainless steel brewery machinery is visible from your booth and you can tour the on-site microbrewery. A variety of ales and lager-style beers are made on the premises. One of the most popular is the Alligator Ale (appropriate for Florida), mahogany colored ale with a smooth finish. Hops even brews its own root beer. The food is somewhat standard, with a few surprises. Perhaps the most tempting, and fitting, appetizer is the Ale Poppers is a tempting appetizer (six jalapeño peppers filled with cream cheese and dipped into Hops beer batter, then served with a spicy pepper jelly). Salads are made with twelve lettuces tossed to order.