Hoplinks - Spring In The Air

Hoplinks - Spring In The Air

Now we have an entire week of 50-plus degree weather under our belts, we hope you've had at least one chance to sit outside and enjoy your go-to brew. If not, pull up a chair, grab yourself a beer, and check out this edition of the Hoplinks for a little light reading.

In this week's Hoplinks, a brewery changes its name, USPS messes up, glasses get beer-clean, there's free beer on planes, and expensive beer at stadiums. Let us know what other interesting tidbits we missed this week in the comments!


LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO - As reported on The Hop Review Thursday, Logan Square's Mercenary Brewery & Distillery is now Maplewood Brewery & Distillery. The name change was required after they received a cease and desist from Denver's Odell Brewing Co. regarding their Myrcenary Double IPA. [Maplewood Brewery & Distillery]

MUNSTER, IN - Headed to 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day? Make sure you get your tickets in the mail! We've just received word from ticket vendor ETIX that a shipping error caused some envelopes to be held at the post office due to owed postage costs. If you're one of the unlucky ones, you should receive an email from USPS and can get your shipping costs refunded through ETIX. [ETIX]

CHICAGO, IL - Self serve draft beer will now be available at the United Center, starting with this Saturday's playoff game between the Bulls and Bucks. Customers buy a prepaid card from a vendor and pay by the ounce for their choice of Bud, Bud Light, Stella Artois, or Goose Island. [Crain's Chicago Business]

BROOKLYN, NY - Sixpoint Brewery's blog provides an excellent guide to beer clean glassware. Make sure the next beer you have on your couch is served in a way that does it justice. [Sixpoint Brewery]

USA - While those of us living in the Midwest (and many other places around the world) lavish in an ever increasing number of brewery choices, things are not quite the same in the American South. But why? The Atlantic offers a view into the problem, stemming from large corporate interest in the area and a higher number of religious folk. [The Atlantic]

USA - United airlines will once again offer free beer and wine on long-haul flights, starting June 1st. United is one of the only global airlines that has been charging for beer and wine since they dropped the service in the early 2000s. They will also, thankfully, be upgrading their economy cabin food service. [USA Today]