Hoplinks - Final Outpost

Hoplinks – Final Outpost

In this week's Hoplinks, the founding father of the Chicago beer scene sells, we take a look at a historic city street, two of our favorite breweries are getting bigger, and there's hope for the coffee and beer fans in your life. Let us know what else we missed in the comments.


LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO – In the surprise news of the week, Goose Island founder John Hall announced the sale of their original Clybourn location to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Founded in 1988, the brewpub has persisted as a independent identity despite the sale of its parent company to the beverage giant back in 2011. Check out our interview with the brewers of Goose Clybourn last year, in which they talk about the already great relationship they have with their Fulton brothers. [Chicago Tribune]

NORTHCENTER, CHICAGO – The Hop Review's go-to brewery Half Acre, announced that they'll begin distribution of their beer throughout the state of Illinois. While those who live in Chicago might not notice due to the apparent omnipresence of Daisy Cutter, those outside Chicagoland have been out of luck so far. That all changes this month with a statewide tour, happening through March 10th. [Half Acre Beer Co. Blog]

CHICAGO, IL – Streets by Vice takes a trip up Halsted Ave, "the backbone of Chicago." Among a ton of other fascinating stops, they discover quite the beer scene, from Marz Community Brewing in Bridgeport to Whiner in Back of the Yards. [Vice]

MICHIGAN – We were as excited as anyone to hear of Short's impending expansion outside of their home state. Prior to their Chicago release on March 4th, Tribune beer-geek Josh Noel took it upon himself to drive to Michigan, pick up a whole lotta Short's, and share his tasting notes. [Chicago Tribune]

WORLD – For those of you who spend as much on coffee as you do on beer, there's potentially good news! Recent research shows that drinking two or more cups of coffee a day could lead to a significant decrease in the risk of liver cirrhosis. No indication yet of whether adding coffee to your beer has the same benefits. [Reuters]