Hoplinks - Hard Lessons

Hoplinks — Hard Lessons

In this week's Hoplinks, financial troubles and poor management lead to the closure of two local breweries, Chicago's biggest brewery announces plans to expand abroad, the coolest brewery tours in the country are listed, and the best up and coming Midwest breweries are highlighted.


LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO — In a still developing story we've been following for some time, Arcade Brewing announced they're shutting down operations immediately following the loss of the lease on their shared space with Ale Syndicate. Ale Syndicate also looks to be done after long standing financial mismanagement caught up with them. Perhaps most damning in this entirely sad lesson on the importance of the business behind the beer is the fact that Ale Syndicate's state brewer's license had expired in April, despite them producing beer well into November. Still, the Evans brothers hope to return the brewing scene in 2017. Check out our interviews with Ale Syndicate and Arcade from the early days of The Hop Review. [Chicago Tribune]

GLOBAL — Goose Island announced plans to open six international locations in China, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and the UK. The new outposts will be one of three concepts — a brewpub, a "vintage ale house" serving high-end Goose beers, and branded pubs. [Chicago Tribune]

USA — With over 5,000 breweries now operating in the US and many of them opening their space to the public, there are no shortage of backstage tours for the curious drinker. CheapOair's blog Miles Away takes a shot at narrowing down the bevy of options around the country in their list of America's Coolest Brewery Tours[Miles Away]

MIDWEST, USA — A new brewery opening seems to be a weekly occurrence in these parts lately and some are certainly better than others. Finding the best of the newcomers is a challenge Thrillist takes on as they make their picks for the best up and coming breweries in the Midwest[Thrillist]

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Photo of the Ale Syndicate and Arcade Brewery space in Logan Square from our early 2016 interview with Around the Bend  — by Hilary Higgins.