Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- Nightwire Magazine out of Pittsburgh profiles Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland. "Bigger is not always better, proves one craft beer maker, who keeps quality high by ensuring quantity stays low," writer Steph Doan reports. "Well, at least low enough to brew things on a small scale, like seven barrels at a time small. It’s a focus on quality." To read the full story, which includes a Q&A, click here.
-- The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on a Syracuse company that's developed a system to keep track of how much draft beer servers pour. “When we researched it, we found retailers were often losing 15 percent to 20 percent at the tap," Mark E. Young, founder and chief executive officer of US Beverage Net, told the newspaper. “So the idea kind of evolved into something more dynamic, to service retailers and, eventually, became a supply chain solution. That was really the idea behind the whole company.” To read the full story, click here.
-- CNN reports on how it's still illegal to homebrew in only two states: Alabama and Mississippi. But the issue is coming to a head in Alabama. "I think anyone agrees this is not so much a beer issue as a civil liberties issue," Kraig Torres , a craft beer store owner, told CNN. "Things you can do commercially for money in the state of Alabama, why can't you do in your kitchen legally? It'd be like saying you can only buy cherry pies at a bakery instead of making them in your kitchen." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports the Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain — the waste accumulated from the brewing process — into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations. To read the full story, click here. To r T--