Hoplinks – The Old Block
In this week's Hoplinks, another brewery name falls to a legal dispute, a suburban brewery finds a home, another expands, a beer is inspired by chimp food, the Loop is about to get a little cooler, and a never ending debate rages on. Let us know what else we missed this week in the comments.
LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO — After years of legal disputes, the Atlas Brewing name is officially no more. The brewery has relaunched as Burnt City Brewing and will continue to operate out of the same spaces on Lincoln Ave and their Roseland canning facility as it's predecessor. Despite the Atlas name being a historic Chicago brand, a trademark filing error in 2012 left the door open for D.C. based Atlas Brew Works to claim the name. [Chicago Tribune]
GLENVIEW, IL — Finally setting down roots after three years of contract brewing, Ten Ninety officially opened their Glenview taproom this week. The 11,000 square foot brewery and taproom will serve as an outpost for the 19 beers the brewery currently has in the market. [Chicago Tribune]
WARRENVILLE, IL — Two Brothers announced the addition of three new 200-barrel fermentors to it's Warrenville brewery, bringing the capacity up to 88,000 barrels. The increased production also allows for wider distribution, with Connecticut being the 12th state to receive Two Brothers brews. [Brewbound]
LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO — Lakeview brewer DryHop is once again collaborating with the Lincoln Park Zoo to create a wildlife inspired brew, this year called "Chimp Off The Old Block." The 8% Hazelnut & Fig Maibock will see a public release at the brewery on May 18th, and will be the beverage of choice at the Zoo's annual fundraiser on the 14th. Check out our interview with the brewer behind the beer, Brant Dubovick. [THR Wire]
LOOP, CHICAGO — The ownership group behind Dusek's and Longman & Eagle, always good spots for a beer, are opening a lunch food hall this summer in the Loop. While details are slim right now, the new location promises a full beverage program so you can get there will be more than a couple lunchtime brews on tap before you had back to the office for afternoon meetings. [Eater Chicago]
USA — The never ending debate of the craft beer bubble and whether or not it's about to burst rages on, this time with some good statistical data to back it up. The basis of this theory is that everything hinges on millennials and whether this whole beer thing turns out to be a fad. What do you think? [Saltwater]
Photo from our interview at Corridor Brewery & Provisions, the sister brewery to East Lakeview's DryHop.