Hoplinks – The Calm Before
In this week's Hoplinks, the calm before the FOBAB storm is upon us, ABI is on the move again, a KC brewer has an infection, an NYC brewery finds a permenent home, and one of our go-to brews will soon be available in cans.
HOUSTON, TX — Anheuser-Busch InBev was on the move again in the last week with the acquisition of Houston's Karbach Brewing. After rumors leaked last week, the official announcement was made through the brewery's Facebook page. This marks the sixth brewery since early 2015 to be absorbed into the conglomerate's High-End division. [Houston Beer Guide, Karbach Facebook]
CHICAGO — If you're a fan of beer that's spent time in any kind of barrel, you should find a way to be at FoBAB, the Festival of Barrel & Wood-Aged Beers, this weekend. While some breweries choose to keep their entries close to the chest, others have been sharing what they'll be bringing. We'd always encourage going into your FOBAB session with a few targets in mind, so keep an eye on brewery Facebook updates for more info. [Facebook]
KANSAS CITY, MO — Speaking of barrel-aged beers, Boulevard recalled their 750 ML bottles of 2016 Imperial Stout this week. Noting they've detected "off-flavors indicative of the presence of lactobacillus," the brewery is working to identify the source of the infection. No other beers, including the 12 oz package of the same beer, are compromised. Be sure to check out our chat with the guys behind the recent Boulevard rebrand.[MyBeerBuzz.com]
BROOKLYN, NY — Big Apple cult favorite brewery Grimm Artisanal Ales officially has a taproom in the works. Plans to open the two story tasting room in Williamsburg, complete with production space and a canning line, were filed last week. Check out our review of Grimm's Pulse Wave in our most recent The Hop Reviews. [New York Craft Beer Guide]
MILTON, DE — Inspired by their self-professed "can-do" attitude, Dogfish Head announced they'll be canning beer for the first time, starting with their flagship 60 Minute IPA in 12 oz cans. The brewery will also add Flesh & Blood IPA and session-sour SeaQuench Ale to the canning line early next year. [THR Wire]
Photo from the 2015 edition of FoBAB at the UIC Forum — by Jack Muldowney.