In this week’s Hoplinks, beer gets involved in politics, a Surly brewer finds a new home, a culinary brewer expands, the South Side gains a taproom, a Colorado brewer loses a CEO, and homebrew hotspots are highlighted.

POTTSVILLE, PA — The “big” news of the week centered on Dick Yuengling, owner of the famous Pennsylvania brewery and his endorsement of the Trump campaign. The announcement created a ripple effect as many LGBT bars have now begun boycotting the beer at their establishments. Can we all agree that beer has no place in politics? [Washington Blade]

MUNSTER, IN — After announcing he’d be leaving the brewery he helped build just last week, Todd Haug, formerly Head of Brewery Operations at Surly, has found a new home. Haug is set to brew at 3 Floyds alongside current head brewer Chris Boggess. Surly’s loss is certainly 3 Floyds gain as the styles he made famous at Surly should fit right in with the hop-forward brews at Floyds. [Mpls St Paul]

PILSEN, CHICAGO — Moody Tongue, the Pilsen culinary brewery who finally opened their taproom doors this past weekend, also announced they’re expanding their distribution to the San Francisco Bay Area, starting this month. Check out our interview with owner and brewer Jared Rouben from late last year. [Eater Chicago]

BACK OF THE YARDS, CHICAGO —  Speaking of taprooms, the South Side’s Whiner Beer Co. is set to open their own taproom this Friday, November 4th. As part of The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator, the barrel focused brewery is sure to be brewing up something special. We can’t wait to check it out. [Instagram]

FORT COLLINS, CO — In news that came as a surprise even within the brewery, New Belgium CEO Christine Perich has stepped down after just a year in the position. No word on why she chose to make the change but the brewery is already looking for her replacement. [Coloradoan]

USA — Nearly every commercial brewer started out homebrewing, making it an essential piece to building the industry. The American Homebrewers Association ranks 7 Homebrew Hot Spots throughout the country. If brewing is in your future, consider checking out the local scene in your nearest city. [American Homebrewers Association]


Photo of stacked barrels at Moody Tongue Brewery from our summer 2016 interview  — by Jack Muldowney.