As the craft beer world starts to turn its focus away from those light summer beers and toward more fall inspired libations (ugh, pumpkin), there’s still a lot to catch up on as we wind down these final weeks of August.

In this week’s Hoplinks, a long awaited Chicago brewery talks shop, HopCat just keeps on growing, some brewers play bags, and Canadians think drinking beer as a workout recovery is a good idea. Let us know your thoughts and what we missed in the comments!

Guys Drinking Beer chat with Jesse Evans of the just-opened Ale Syndicate in Logan Square. Some great stuff here as they get the scoop on the history and potential future of one of our favourite local breweries.

Michigan’s ever expanding HopCat line of bars has announced their Detroit location’s opening date and record breaking tap takeover with Short’s Brewing. November 15th will feature 101 beers from the Northern Michigan brewery, breaking the previous record of 100 set last year at HopCat East Lansing.

Need another example of why the Chicago craft beer scene is the best beer scene? Penrose and Two Brothers will be squaring off in a bags competition for no apparent reason other than because they can. Check out Roots in West Town on August 27th for all the action.

Canadian company Lean Machine plans to market an after-workout beer. They plan to lower the alcohol content and add salt… any takers?

Your PSA for the day. Got any Corona Extra sitting in your fridge? Might want to check that product code. The company announced a voluntary recall of the brand after glass shards were found in a small percentage of bottles.