Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- The blog Thadd and Milan visited 50 West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati and posted a boatload of photographs. To check out the visual tour, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on how craft breweries have helped revitalize urban areas. The story includes Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland. "We've beautified the neighborhood, provided a stunning restoration," co-founder Pat Conway told the news service. To read the full story, click here.
-- GQ magazine offered five recommendations to upgrade your Fourth of July beer. Among them? Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. "The color of the pour really does live up to its name — the rich gold appearance alone sets it apart from your standard pale yellow macro brew," the magazine says. To read the full report, click here.
-- Time magazine reports on the worry about over-saturation when it comes to craft beer. With more than 2,500 craft breweries and counting in the U.S., there's a definite concern about the industry getting too big. "Growth has been so explosive that the question is inevitable: When, if ever, will the craft craze level off?" Time says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on a butterfly that loves hops and Odell Brewing's effort to raise money to research the Hops Azure butterfly. "To find out there's a butterfly in Colorado and it uses the hops, it's surprising how many people are native Coloradans or people who now live in Colorado get excited about that story," zoologist Rob Schorr told the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.
-- The New York Daily news reports on a study done by researchers at Harokopio University that found that drinking about a pint of beer improved blood flow and heart function in a group of already healthy men. To read the full story, click here.