Here are some interesting beer-related stories, including plenty with Ohio connections:
-- Columbus Brewing Co. has been named the "Best Brewery" in Columbus by readers of Columbus Alive!, a weekly magazine in the state capital. Elevator Brewing and Barley's Brewing were runners-up. Meanwhile, World of Beer won for "Best Beer Selection." To see all the "bests," click here.
-- CityBeat in Cincinnati profiled the symbiotic relationship between MadTree Brewing Co. and Napoleon Ridge Farm. The farm uses spent grain from MadTree to feed its cows. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cleveland Chophouse will reopen as "Cleveland Chop" -- minus the brewery, WEWS-TV Channel 5 reports. The Cleveland ChopHouse closed a few months ago. To read the full story, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus, the great blog that covers drinking in the state capital, has produced an info graphic on all the breweries in the Columbus area. To check it out, click here.
-- Plenty of media outlets have fun pitting beers against each other this time of year in silly March Madness competitions. The Today show is no different. Barley's Brewing Co. in Columbus made the "Final Four" in the Today show's "Malt Madness," but lost to Darkhorse Brewing Co. You can check out the "competition" by clicking here.
-- The Motley Fool set out to find the best publicly traded companies in America and concluded that Boston Beer Co., which has a brewery in Cincinnati, is one of them thanks to how it treats investors, customers and employees. To read the full report, click here.
-- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the likelihood that there's going to be even more breweries opening in the U.S. in the future. The news came out of the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C. To read the Post-Dispatch story, click here.
-- Africa may be the world's poorest and undeveloped continent, but it's ripe for growth in the beer industry, CNBC reports. "We note countries such as Nigeria, DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Ethiopia have very large populations and low per capita consumption," Berstein Research said. "Therefore, we believe there is little doubt that Africa will be one of the engines of growth for the beer category in the next decades." To read the full story, click here.To re