In this week’s Hoplinks, a local brewery owner gets elected, our Brewery Bracket nears the championship round, the South Side ballpark ups its already impressive craft offerings, craft 24-packs hit shelves in the Midwest and Dark Lord Day approaches. 

25th DISTRICT, CHICAGO — We wanted to send our congratulations toCurtis Tarver II, co-owner of Vice District, on being elected State Representative of the 25th district. Curtis will take the oath of office in January 2019.  [THR Wire]

CHICAGO — With over 250,000 votes, we have made it to the Final Four of THR’s 2018 Chicago Brewery Bracket. Our bracket has seen as many upsets as this years basketball tourney, but the cream has risen to the top, and with only a couple days and two more rounds of voting left, it is anyones crown to take.

SOUTH SIDE, CHICAGO — Adding to the already impressive beer offerings at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox, is a new Revolution branded bar out in left field. The Revolution Brewing #SoxSocial Tap Room will feature all the Rev staples, plus a rotating Hero tap, beers brewed at the Milwaukee brewpub and Deth’s Tar. [Chicago Tribune]

LAKEVIEW, CHICAGO — Riding the success of their first, and subsequent, releases of the DDH hazy SqueezItCorridor Brewery & Provisions are back at it again with Cosmic Juicebox. This 6.8% Double Dry Hopped IPA brewed with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic hops will be released exclusively to-go at the brewery on Southport in April and will be limited to 100 4-packs. [THR Wire]

MUNSTER, IN — Tickets for Three Floyds’ Dark Lord Day will go on sale March 31st at noon, CST. Snatch ’em up before they are gone. This year your ticket, $180, includes festival admission, metal show, 4 bottles of 2018 Dark Lord, 1 bottle Dark Lord variant chosen at random. Oh and a tote bag!

MICHIGAN — Grand Rapids’, Founders is going all in with their new “premium lager,” Solid Gold. Scaling up on the success of their 15 packs, Solid Gold will now be sold in a 24 pack in the Grand Rapids and Detroit tap rooms, Meijers and select retailers throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin for an affordable $18.99. On the other end of the spectrum, their acclaimed barrel aged stout, KBS, drops nation wide today, March 30th[THR Wire]


Photo of Vice Districts future tap room and production facility in Homewood — by Jack Muldowney.