Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer profiled MadTree Brewing Co., which recently became the first modern craft brewery in Ohio to can its beer. “We beat everyone to the punch, but it’s catching on,” Kenny McNutt, who owns MadTree with Brady Duncan and Jeff Hunt, told the newspaper. “There’s been a huge movement/momentum shift in the last three years of people moving toward cans." To read the full story, click here.
-- Scene Magazine reports that the Fat Head's production brewery in Middleburg Heights is getting closer to opening its tasting room. Writer Robert Massie got a sneak peak into the operation. To read the report, click here.
-- Speaking of Scene, the magazine handed out its Best of Cleveland awards. Great Lakes Brewing Co. won the "Best Brewery" award and "Best Locally Made Beer" for its Christmas Ale. Great Lakes also was honored as "Best Local Sustainability Champ." Meanwhile, Market Garden Brewery picked up the "Best Patio Drinking" award and Buckeye Beer Engine got the "Best Beer List" award. Nano Brew Cleveland was named "Best New Bar/Club." To read all the awards, click here.
-- The BBC News reports on how the image of American beer is changing. Beer made in the U.S. used to be mocked, the BBC says. Not anymore thanks to craft beer. "Five or six years ago, if you were abroad and said you were an American brewer people would look the other way - they thought it was all yellow, fizzy water like Budweiser, Miller and Coors," Jim Caruso, chief executive officer of Flying Dog, told the BBC. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Canadians are abandoning beer and turning to wine. "For some, beer is as Canadian as the Maple Leaf, and anything less would be downright unpatriotic," the newspaper says. "But, new statistics show, a nation of beer drinkers are increasingly switching from hops to grapes." To read the full story, click here.