In this week’s Hoplinks, Illinois’ first Meadery is all set to open on the south side, a barrel-aged brewer plans for the future, a local brewer changes packaging formats, Minnesotans vote to repeal an antiquated law, and a hip hop group makes a beer.

BEVERLY, CHICAGO — Illinois’ first Meadery is set to open next week as Wild Blossom premieres their new tasting room to the public March 3rd. Also home to their own bees and producers of wine, the Beverly space also features an outdoor area. Anyone interested in attending their opening event should RSVP through their website[Eater Chicago]

BACK OF THE YARDS, CHICAGO — The south side’s sustainable barrel aging brewery Whiner Beer Co. announced they’ve signed with distributor Artisanal Imports. Typically known for their European imports, Whiner hopes the new partnership will help them build on their existing local relationships and eventually reach outside markets. Check out our interview with Whiner founders Brian and Ria from earlier this year. [THR Wire]


Around the Bend is moving from bottles to 12 oz. 6-pack cans, starting in mid-March. The brewery also announced the return of one of their most popular beers to date, Vera Pistachio Cream Ale, also coming to cans for the first time. Special events will be held throughout the city so keep an eye on ATB’s social media for further dates and details. [THR Wire]

MINNESOTA — Yet another antiquated relic of some state’s blue laws has fallen in Minnesota as their senate voted to repeal the ban on Sunday liquor sales. Passing 38-28 on Monday, the change marks the first time liquor stores will be allowed to open on Sunday in the state’s 159 year history. [Star Tribune]

BROOKLYN, NY — Hip Hop group Run the Jewels premiered their latest collaboration beer, this time with NYC’s Interboro Brewing. Stay Gold IPA, named after a track on the group’s newest album, is a 6% New England oat IPA with Citra and Mosaic hops. How do we get our hands on one of these? Check out the hype video below. [Pitchfork]


Photo of barrels at Whiner Beer Co. by Nick Costa.