Hoplinks - "Bartender, Crowler Me"

This week in the world of beer has been quite the eventful one. From Chicago to Russia, there's plenty to talk about as we peruse all the happenings.

In this edition, a brewery cans huge beers, a university wants to teach you to brew, a post-game option shuts down, and an American icon sells to some Russians. Check out all of this and more in this week's Hoplinks and be sure to us know what we missed!


Lakeview's DryHop Brewery has announced plans to offer a 32-ounce "crowler" can beginning this week. The new packaging will replace the glass howler option used at many Chicago breweries.

Central Michigan University is working to create a certificate program in fermentation science (i.e. brewing). The program would be the first in the state and only the sixth in the country. Fire Up Chips!

Goose Island founder John Hall has announced the brewery's Wrigleyville location will close down this Monday. The location's landlord was unable to guarantee a long-term lease which led to the decision to shutter the post-Cubs staple.

Pabst Brewing, owners of dive bar icon PBR and several other popular brands, will be sold to a Russian Brewing conglomerate. The new owners have not announced any major changes, so you'll continue to see the iconic red, white, and blue can anywhere and everywhere.

Ever wondered which country drinks the most beer? Check out this interactive map to find out where your guess ranks.