It’s cold today and we even saw a few snow flakes. Before heading out to plunder your neighbours candy, stay warm inside and check out a few going on’s in the beer industry.

In this week’s Hoplinks, a brewery breaks ground, another one gets some brewing stuff, and a third celebrates a milestone. Check out the links below and let us know what we missed in the world of beer!

CHICAGO – Aleman Brewing, a Chicago brewery we’ve long had our eyes on, has finally broken ground on their new northwest side facility. Check out their Twitter and Facebook accounts for a few sneak-peaks at the first days of construction.

CHICAGO – What do the growing number of Chicago breweries do with their spent grain? DNAinfo explores several brewery’s decisions to toss it in the nearest dumpster or find a more environmentally friendly outlet for it through a local farm or bakery.

VALPARAISO, IN – Our friends at Northern Indiana’s Four Fathers Brewing just celebrated their one year anniversary. Stop by their Facebook page to congratulate them on their first year and check out our interview with the founders on The Hop Review.

DETROIT – Detroit’s Batch Brewing Company, who’s founder and brewer we spoke to a few weeks back, has finally got their equipment installed and is ready to brew. Check out the Batch Facebook page for updates.

USA – Ezra’s, a new online craft spirits store, opened their “doors” yesterday. Aside from the vast catalog of liquor, the site also features “The Swill” an online magazine packed with feature length articles and beautiful imagery.

Photography by Jack Muldowney