Hoplinks - It's Happening!

Hoplinks — It's Happening!

In this week's Hoplinks, we're planning a CCBW event, Half Acre is finally building another taproom, Toppling Goliath continues their Chicago breakthrough, tickets for another worthy event go on sale, a self-described punk becomes a hypocrite, and a whole lot of wheat beers are ranked.


THE HOP REVIEW — Tickets for our very own Chicago Craft Beer Week Event go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th. Ultra Fresh II, hosted at Right Way Signs on Saturday May 20th, will feature more than 20 of our favorite local breweries pouring beer kegged, canned, or bottled within 5 days of the event. Watch our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for updates. We'll see you there!

BOWMANVILLE, CHICAGO — In a move we've been eagerly awaiting for over a year, Half Acre announced the construction on the taproom and restaurant at their Balmoral facility is finally under way. No news on a planned opening date just yet, but here's hoping the new space helps relieve some of the crowds from the original Lincoln location. [Instagram]

MUSEUM CAMPUS, CHICAGO — Toppling Goliath has announced their much sought after King Sue Double IPA will be served on draft in The Field Museum's Field Bistro with bottles to be sold in the main museum store. The release will coincide with the museum's Jurassic World exhibit, which runs May 26 through January 7. Here's hoping the beer becomes available in the rest of the Chicago market, as Pseudo Sue did late last year. [THR Wire]

NAVY PIER, CHICAGO — Tickets are now on sale for Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp On Tour, their traveling festival hitting Chicago on June 10th. We attended the event during it's last stop to the Windy City two years ago, and we expect more of the same great times this year. [THR Wire]

ELLON, SCOTLAND — BrewDog, a brewer that's long branded itself with "punk" moniker and has chastised other breweries for "selling out," just sold 22% of its company to a private equity firm. The hypocritical move comes with a silver lining to early investors in their Equity for Punks program, as they stand to make a return on investment of 2,800%. [The Guardian]

GLOBAL — Paste Magazine is back with another style ranking, this time focused on Wheat Beers and Hefeweizens. The best of the this crop include everything from classic German staples to newer American offerings we'd love to get our hands on. Where does your go-to wheat beer rank? [Paste Magazine]


Photo of the empty space and can wall at Half Acre's Balmoral production facility, site of the soon to be taproom and restaurant, from our 75th interview with Head Brewer Matt Young — by Jack Muldowney.