We’ve been a little lax on these Hoplinks of late which means there’s plenty to catch up on. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and winter cold arriving with a vengeance this week, our thoughts turn local as we brace ourselves for the upcoming holiday season.

In this week’s Hoplinks, Thanksgiving beer pairings are considered, a recent festival gets reviewed, zoo animals and beer combine, and a couple breweries expand. Take a look and let us know what we missed in this week’s Hoplinks.

CHICAGO – Zach from the Layman’s Guide to Beer gives his impressions of last week’s Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) along with some great pictures of the event, via Lakeshore Beverage.

CHICAGO – Brewer, designer, and all around beer aficionado Randy Mosher shares his ideal beer pairings for Thanksgiving Day.

LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO – Looking to get in the holiday spirit following Thanksgiving? Consider checking out Brew Lights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer at the Lincoln Park Zoo on December 3rd.

LAKEVIEW, CHICAGO – Earlier this month, Lakeview’s DryHop Brewers announced they would be opening a second location, Corridor, appropriately located along the Southport Corridor.

LAKEVIEW, CHICAGO – The city’s first “Beer Café” Beermiscuous is releasing posters of their much praised, often photographed Chicagoland Brewery Map. Pick up one for yourself on December 4th at 7pm.

BRIDGMAN, MI – The brains behind Chicago’s Haymarket are in the process of buying a 100 year old former police post in Bridgman, Michigan. Pete Crowley and John Neurauter intend to open a large production facility and small tap room as part of the planned three year build-out.

Photography by the talented and beer-loving Melinda Myers.