Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- The Boston Globe praises Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron for producing some of the best barrel-aged beers around. Writer Gary Dzen highlights both BORIS The Crusher and Barrel-Aged Outta Kilter. To read the review, click here.
-- The Washington Post reports on the federal Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013, which would cut the excise tax on beer in half. There's also a second proposal that would reduce the tax, but not by that much. To no one's surprise, brewers are praising the effort. "But public health research suggests that both plans are bad ideas," the newspaper says. "Annoying as they may be for responsible drinkers, alcohol taxes really do save lives." To read the full story, click here. the tax
-- NASDAQ.com reports on the five states with the highest beer taxes: Tennessee, Alaska, Alabama, Georgia and Hawaii. "State excise taxes on beer don't necessarily have a huge impact on state budgets overall, but in tough times, they still represent an important source of tax revenue, and beer producers from giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors down to smaller craft beer producers like Boston Beer end up bearing their share of the burden along with their customers," the report says. To read the full story, click here.
-- CNN reports on "Seven don't miss U.S. beerfests:" Savor in New York City, American Craft Beer Festival in Boston, Firestone Walker Invitational in Paso Robles, Calif., Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland, Ore., Burning CAN Beer Fest in Lyons, Colo., Paste Untapped in Dallas, and The Festival in Portland, Maine. To read the reasons why, click here.