Here are some interesting beer-related stories, including a few on Ohio:
-- Blogger Mike Stuart reports on the "State of the Cincinnati Brewing Union" on the Brew Professor blog. He reports on all the breweries, including some that haven't opened yet. "Looking back, we have a pretty explosive craft beer scene here in Cincinnati that rivals or tops many, many other larger metropolitan areas," he writes. "Given our history with brewing it should create a deep sense of pride within our citizens and be used as a beacon to attract others to our fair city. I think beer tourism is getting very close to becoming a reality." To read the full report, click here.
-- Valley24.com reports on The Big Tap In beer festival, which took place last weekend in Boardman. Writer Brian Fry picks his favorites, including beers from Willoughby Brewing, Fat Head's, Thirsty Dog and Elevator. To read the entire story, click here.
--The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati has expanded the hours for its tasting room to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday. To read the short write-up, click here.
-- The website FirstWeFeast.com reports "15 Things Craft Beer Fans Think (But Nobody Says)." The entertaining list includes items such as craft breweries starting to use big beer tactics like paying for tap space; craft beer fans being arrogant; and craft brewers being copycats. To read the full rundown, click here.
-- Time reports that state leaders across the nation are enacting new laws to help the craft beer industry, believing that it's an opportunity to help small businesses grow. "Forces are at work trying to give a boost to craft beer at the national level as well," Time writes. "As the New York Times reported, craft beer supporters are pushing for Congress to pass the Small BREW Act, which would cut the federal tax paid by smaller breweries in half." To read the full story, click here.
-- USAToday reports on the 10 best craft beer states in America. No, Ohio is not among them. To read the list and reasoning, click here.