Hoplinks - A World Cup State of Kind

In this week's Hoplinks, a father is raising awareness for a rare genetic disorder by way of a local brewery, World Cup fever hits the globe, and an antiquated law kills a great idea before it gets started.

Get caught up on all this news and more in this week's Hoplinks! Let us know what we missed and share your thoughts in the comments below.


On June 14, Pipeworks Brewing will be releasing their latest brew Cohen's State of Kind, a beer named after baby Cohen, a boy born with the rare genetic disorder 22q Deletion Syndrome. His father started the non-profit State of Kind through which he is performing a random act of kindness in every state to raise awareness of the disorder.

Pipeworks, State of Kind, and River North's Howells & Hood will be hosting a fundraising event on July 12 which will be attended by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster who also has a daughter with 22q. Get out and support the good fight while drinking some sure-to-be great beer!

World Cup fever spreads across the world starting today and Chicago is no exception. Almost every bar in the city will open early for the games but there are some places and some specials you just shouldn't miss. Better start prepping your excuses to leave work early!

St. Louis brewer Schlafly has scrapped plans for their rumored Northcenter brewpub. The Illinois brewer's license states that a brewery can own a separate brewpub but only if they produce less than 30,000 barrels per year. Let's hope this is the last straw that get's these antiquated laws changed.

Bell's has announced their new Planet Series; seven beers released over the course of a year that are inspired by the music of composer Gustav Holst. The series will run from August 2014 through July 2015. They're sure to go fast so keep an eye out!