Here are a few interesting beer-related stories:
-- Ohio ranks seventh in the country in terms of beer shipments, according to new data from the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute, the Dayton Business Journal reports. It should be no surprise considering Ohio is home to an Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in Columbus, MillerCoors brewery in Trenton and Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati. To read the full story, click here.
-- Beer sales are making a comeback, Advertising Age magazine reports. "Beer is doing much better, so any rumors of its demise are not only exaggerated but I would say totally false," Danny Brager, Nielsen VP-group client director for alcohol, told the annual meeting of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. The magazine also says some experts believe the big national brands are on a permanent downhill slide. "The megabrands are old," Joe Thompson, owner of beer-consulting company Independent Beverage Group, told distributors. He added: "You've got all these different [consumer] segments that we're targeting, and you've got to shoot them one at a time, and I don't think the big guys have quite learned how to do it. ... But I think the craft guys are really good at it." To read the full story, click here.
-- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold a "Beer, Wine and Spirits" Summit today in Albany. It's another example of how states are recognizing the growth of the craft beer industry. To read a story in the Syracuse Post-Standard, click here.