Hoplinks - Opinionated

Hoplinks - Opinionated

After last week's local appeal, we go national as all kinds of news filters down to us from across the country. In this week's Hoplinks, a gypsy finds a home, men express their opinions, a brand re-brands, and we get a lesson in basic economics. Let us know what else we missed this week in the comments!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Matt Tanaka from Lakeshore Beverage hits the road for the short trip to Founders Brewing Co. Take a look at some great shots of what goes on behind the scenes at one of the Midwest's biggest breweries.

SAN DIEGO, CA - World renowned gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, founder of Mikkeller, has found a permanent home away from home in San Diego. The brewer will set up shop as a partnership with AleSmith in their 20,000 square-foot facility.

DELAWARE - Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head expresses his opinion on the latest glut of macro takeovers of craft breweries. He also definitively answers the question "Would you ever sit down to talk business with them?"

TEXAS - Texas isn't known nationally for it's craft scene but Real Ale Brewing Co. from the tiny town of Blanco, has been a mainstay in the state since 1996. With a brand that likely hadn't been touched since day one, the brewery opted for a long overdue redesign through Austin based The Bulter Bros.

USA - Is craft beer dead? We wouldn't go that far but this guy makes a few good points. To each their own I suppose...

USA - CNBC dives into the ever increasing competition for each specialty hop harvest. 2013 saw 400 new breweries open nationally (and likely many more in '14) resulting in hop contracts often not being fulfilled due to overwhelming demand.