Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Draft magazine offers up recommendations on 10 smoky beers for summer, including Friar Bacon Smoked Bock from Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. The magazine says: "Slip this Cincinnati smoked bock into your picnic basket: Its seamless fusion of toasted bread and porky smoke is perfect with a ham sandwich." To read the full report, click here. "
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the Butcher & The Brewer butcher shop-brewery-restaurant planned on East Fourth Street in Cleveland. The folks at the Tremont Taphouse are behind the project. The story doesn't really explore the brewery side of the venture. To read the full story, click here.
-- Columbus Alive! devoted space to "beer-tivities" in the state capital, including brewing at North High Brewing Co. To read the report, click here.
-- CNBC reports on the growing pains that go along with the explosion of craft breweries in the U.S., including the fact that many brewers were shut out of the Great American Beer Festival this year. "There's a seismic shift happening in the way beer is made and sold in this country," Jacob McKean, founder of San Diego-based Modern Times Beer, told CNBC. "Consumers are so excited about craft beer and there are so many breweries adding to the supply that we're exceeding the pace of the infrastructure. I think what's catching everyone off-guard is the pace." To read the full story, click here. To
-- The website Food Babe reports on the additives in most national beer brands. "During my investigation, I couldn’t get a single mainstream beer company to share the full list of ingredients contained in their beer," the site says. "But I did get some of them to fess up to the use of these ingredients in writing so I’m going to share this information with you now." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reports on a $12 million expansion at Abita Brewing Co. "More people across the country are discovering our brand, liking it and falling in love with it," President David Blossman told the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.