We haven’t slept much in the last week. But that’s OK, it’s Chicago Craft Beer Week! The events around Chicago just keep on coming but there’s more than enough beer news happening around the country. Check out our latest Hoplinks and let us know what we missed!

Chicago Craft Beer Week’s first event celebrating the women of craft beer happens tonight (May 22nd) and all proceeds from the sale of their collaboration beer When Life Gives You Melons goes to charity. Take a closer look at some of the women behind that collab in this article from Hail To The Ale.

A couple of us here at The Hop Review recently became Certified Beer Servers through the Cicerone Program. What’s the next step? Find out what it takes to become a Master Cicerone and why someone would want to put themselves through it.

Rude Hippo Brewing, a newcomer to Chicago, is in the process of crowd sourcing their brewery build-out. Check out their fund raising campaign to see if you’d like to help the cause!

Looking to extend your Chicago Craft Beer Week schedule? Lincoln Park’s Local Option will be hosting The Day After Beer Event on May 26th. As usual at Local Option, expect an impressive tap list.

Half Acre will soon be releasing their two newest collaborations with Tired Hands Brewing from Pennsylvania. Get your hands on it at the Half Acre Taproom starting on May 23rd.