Hoplinks - Expanding

Hoplinks - Expanding

In this week's Hoplinks, breweries everywhere are expanding, a national beer festival is in for a second round, another gets a new name, and a community gets behind their beer. Let us know what else we missed this week in the comments and stay warm this chilly weekend!


NAPERVILLE, IL - Suburban brewer Two Brothers is in discussions to bring their beers brewed on the outskirts of the city to downtown Naperville. The Ebels hope to take over the space previously occupied by now defunct restaurant Wise Boxer and aim to take control of the location by January. [Chicago Tribune]

SHEBOYGAN, WI - Wisconsin brewery 3 Sheeps has announced plans for a 40,000 square foot expansion at a new location from their original space. The new brewery will up production 28 barrels to 200 barrels per day, and will also allow for some creative brews like sours and more barrel aging. The expansion will also create 15 new jobs for the area. [Sheboygan Press]

USA - The biggest beer festival ever organized is back for a second go around. Sierra Nevada's Brew Camp will hit the road again in the summer of 2016 and will also release another exclusive collaboration 12-pack to go along with the traveling festival. Check out the video below for your first look.

CHICAGO, IL - While not directly beer related, the news that Chicago supermarket chain Mariano's has been sold to Kroger could have its ramifications. As far as big box stores go, Mariano's is one of the best places to grab a quality six-pack and we hope the new owners continue to keep up this trend. [Timeout Chicago]

LUDINGTON, MI - Nothing says craft beer like a local community coming together around a good brew. That happened on the west coast of Michigan as the city of Ludington awarded a local brewery $50,000 to take the next step in their brewery. The owners of Starving Artist Brewery hope to begin distribution around the state soon. [Fox 17]

CHICAGO, IL - Soldier Field's American Beer Classic, one of the many festivals that have popped up around town in the last few years, is now known as the Chicago Beer Classic. Tickets for the May 7th event go on sale as early Cyber Monday so keep an eye out. [THR Wire]

Photo taken from Navy Pier during the 2014 Sierra Nevada Brew Camp