Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The website Drink Up Columbus reports on the Columbus Beerfest, slated for Aug. 16 and 17, and the first-ever Columbus Beer Week, which begins Aug. 16. To read the full report, click here.
-- Boulder Weekly reports on a beer tour of Northeast Ohio and makes an odd observation. "After four days, six breweries and 13 beers, my conclusion on Northeast Ohio beer is that there’s something in the water," author Steve Weishampel writes. "I’m not a chemist, but I am blaming the water for the little differences in the taste of the beer." (FYI. The article has a mistake. Spicebush is made by Buckeye Brewing and the chocolate rye referred to in the story is made by Hoppin' Frog Brewery.) To read the full story, click here.
-- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the five years since Anheuser-Busch Cos. was acquired by Belgian brewer InBev. "There was a tremendous amount of concern that something bad for St. Louis was going to happen, like them closing the brewery or getting rid of the Clydesdales," Glenn MacDonald, an economics and strategy professor at Washington University's Olin Business School, told the newspaper. "The fear was that AB would be downsized to oblivion, and that clearly hasn't happened." To read the full story, click here. --
-- The Washington Post reports that the Washington, D.C. beer scene is on the verge of greatness. "Ask brewmasters, beer writers and frequent travelers about the best 'beer towns' in American, and you’ll repeatedly hear 'Portland,' 'Denver' and 'Philadelphia.' D.C. doesn’t come up as often as it should, but that’s slowly and surely changing," author Fritz Hahn writes. To read the full story, click here.