In this week’s Hoplinks, the Axeman steps down, one of the Mitten’s best breweries is crossing the lake, Chicago will continue to host a major foodie event, and beer and coffee get together for a good cause. What else went on this week? Let us know in the comments.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — In news that surprised many in the industry, Surly’s Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug stepped down to “pursue other opportunities.” There’s no official word on why the famed brewer chose now to step down, but we’re hoping Surly still continues to make Todd the Axeman and his other namesake brews. [Surly]

HYDE PARK, CHICAGO — Big news from our favorite sour brewer as Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin announced plans to open a restaurant and brewery in Hyde Park. Set to open in late spring or early summer of next year, the 5,800 square-foot space will also serve up beverages from their sister companies North Peak Brewing and Nomad Cidery. [Promote Michigan]

CHICAGO — Chicago will be home to the James Beard Awards through at least 2021, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. While it was suggested the awards may rotate through other notable foodie cities, Chicago’s success hosting for the last two years means we’ll be seeing the best and brightest from the food and beverage industry descend on the city for a while longer. [Eater]

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota’s Summit Brewing and Dunn Brother Coffee have teamed up to support the American Refugee Committee. Collaborating on a beer brewed just this week, all proceeds from the beer will go straight to helping over three million refugees in 11 countries. [THR Wire]


Photo of the bubbling barrels of lambic at Chicago’s Dovetail Brewing, from our summer 2016 interview  — by Jack Muldowney.