Every craft beer fan in Chicagoland knows next week is a big one. With the kick off of CCBW slated for Thursday at Beer Under Glass, you should take the time to filter through the extensive event schedule. If you can’t find something that tickles your fancy during the ten day period… well we can’t help you there.

Warning: shameless plug coming. Might we suggest The Hop Review’s CCBW event with Lakeshore Beverage and Brooklyn Brewery. The small venue (Galerie F) will make for a fun atmosphere and you’ll take home a custom made screen print or two. Click here for event info!

Leading up to the big week, there’s certainly plenty to read about. In this week’s Hoplinks, CCBW is looming, a tap room gets an open date, a festival has beer, a pub gets a star, and a TV host pokes fun at Bud. Let us know what else we missed in the comments!

CHICAGO – Our favourite ten days of the year is right around the corner. Chicago Craft Beer Week (CCBW) runs May 14-24 and features dozens (hundreds?) of events all around Chicagoland. To get yourself primed for the big week and a half, check out the official hype video from the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild. [ICBG]

CHICAGO – The much anticipated opening of the Goose Island Fulton Tap Room finally has a date. The space will open on May 14th (the first day of CCBW), and will feature regular pours of the much coveted barrel aged beers from the brewery. Expect this place to be insane for the foreseeable future. [Twitter]

CHICAGO – The Chicago Ale Fest, yet another area beer get-together, has announced their brewery lineup. The June 19-20 fest will feature over 200 beers and 100 breweries, many of them local. The organizers will attempt to make this year’s event a success after the 2014 edition was cancelled amid rumors of poor ticket sales.

UNITED KINGDOM – Great Food Club tells the rags to riches story of “Britain’s Best Pub.” The small town pub, previously closed for two years, was purchased for 140K in 1999 and now boasts a Michelin Star. [Great Food Club]

USA – HBO’s John Oliver gives his hilarious take on the recent Bud Light bottle message controversy. Apparently known as “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night,” it’s hard to believe this was able to get through so many layers of approval, no matter the obvious intentions of the message. [HBO]

Photo provided by the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild