With the city bracing itself for CCBW, local breweries are prepping to strut their stuff during Chicago’s premier industry event. Check out some of this week’s news from Chicago and beyond through the links below.

Chicago Craft Beer Week is fast approaching. Do you have your plans set yet? Take a look through the CCBW official calendar of events to plan your week. We’ll be making it out to many of them so let us know which events catch your eye!

Thirty women from the Chicagoland beer industry got together at Temperance in Evanston to brew a special CCBW collaboration Pale Ale. Keep an eye on the Hail To The Ale Facebook page for updates.

Chicagoans will soon be able to pick up their liquor as early as 8 a.m Sunday morning thanks to a new city plan. Great news for the early bird beach goers wanting to stock up for the long day.

Half Acre’s Galactic Double Daisy Cutter returns this Friday! Get yours at the at noon at the Half Acre store or sample it fresh at the Tap Room.

Headed north this weekend? Take your time and stop into Milwaukee to check out their craft beer week. Events are in full swing!

For the first time ever, craft beer is outselling the big boys in a major city. Portland’s local brews now own 46% of the market. Here’s to seeing that trend continue country wide!

One of the best bars in the world, Michigan’s HopCat announced their fourth location in Indianapolis and the first outside of their home state. Check out our impressions on their record breaking East Lansing location’s opening.

Image from the Half Acre blog