Hoplinks - Best Laid Plans

Hoplinks - Best Laid Plans

With just over a month until Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off (May 14-24), you can expect to see a whole lot of event details trickle out in the next few weeks. The Hop Review will be all over the coverage and you can expect to see the four of us at many-an-event in mid May.

In this week's Hoplinks, CCBW is coming, a brewery get's a design, glassware gets infographic'd, and we get fooled with Beer Dust. Check out the week's happenings and let us know what else we missed in the comments.


CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild has released more information on May's Chicago Craft Beer Week. In addition to the recently announced closing festival at Lincoln Square's Welles Park, they've also detailed some nice updates to their smartphone app. Releasing on April 15th, we've found the app to be a valuable companion as you work your way through the plethora of events during CCBW. [Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild]

CHICAGO, IL - Graphic design studio DesignScout competed in last night's Adobe Creative Jam and, with just three hours of work, submitted an awesome brand identity and package design for a brewery. DesignScout is now taking offers on their work, starting at $1, with all proceeds going to the Children's Service Board at Lurie Children's Hospital. [DesignScout Facebook]

CHICAGO, IL - Kim Leshinski of Hail To The Ale and Lakeshore Beverage have teamed up to bring us "The Beer Drinker's Visual Guide to Glassware." The downloadable infographic details ten of the most iconic glassware styles that you might see at your local drinking establishment. [Lakeshore Beverage blog]

MANHATTAN, KS - After expanding into Chicago and the rest of Illinois in 2013, and just recently completing a $7 million expansion to quadruple their capacity, Tallgrass Brewing Co. can now call itself the largest craft brewer in Kansas. The brewery is already utilizing their new 60,000 sq ft facility and plans to release four new brews this summer[Tallgrass Brewing Co.]

BROOKLYN, NY - In one of the better April Fools gags we've seen, Sixpoint Brewery "announced" the release of Sixpoint Dust; dehydrated versions of their flagship beers intended to better allow them to compete for the always limited shelf space. Jokes aside, we'd stock up on some of this and Dippin' Dots to prepare for the inevitable apocalypse.  [Sixpoint Brewery]

Image from Sixpoint's blog, The Sixer