Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- Beer writer Adrienne So writes on Slate.com that the craft beer world has fallen in too much love with hops. "In fact, everyone I know in the craft beer industry has a problem: We’re so addicted to hops that we don’t even notice them anymore," So writes. To read the full column, click here.
-- Goose Island Beer Co. celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 13. "When we started brewing back in 1988, craft beer options in Chicago were non-existent," founder John Hall said in a prepared statement. "Twenty-five years later, we like to think we had something to do with improving the Chicago beer scene." To read the full story, click here.
-- A study by Restaurant Sciences, a research firm, premium and sub-premium beers like Budweiser, Miller Lite and Pabst Blue Ribbon have seen price hikes of 3.5 percent o 6.8 percent over the past seven months at bars and restaurants. "While all the attention has been on craft beers, the price of mainstay brands in the mid-price (Premium) tier have risen more dramatically," the company said. "And traditionally lower-priced beers such as Pabst Blue Ribbon have seen sizeable double-digit price increases in both restaurants and bars & nightclubs." To read the full article, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on Cambridge Brewing Co. creating a stout to honor slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. ‘I think Sean would be beside himself if he knew a beer was being named after him,’’ said Travis Dixon, one of Collier’s roommates. To read the full story, click here.
-- Confused about the diferences between the Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013 (BEER Act) and the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act)? Both pieces of legislation are pending before Congress. To read a story by TheStreet.com breaking down the two bills, click here.
-- The Toronto Star reports on Vulcan Ale, a Star Trek-themed beer. “I’ve lived and breathed Star Trek my entire life, it’s a wonderful show and I guess this is just a way of contributing to the story,” veterinarian Dr. Richard Weger of Calgary, one of the creators of the ale, told the newspaper. “And yes, yes . . . I have a costume, Mr. Spock, my favourite character.” To read the full story, click here.