Here are several interesting beer stories, including a couple big ones about Cleveland:
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on developers planning to put a Hofbrauhaus restaurant and beer garden in the city's theater district. "It's a trip to Germany without leaving the U.S.," Andis "Andi" Udris, chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Restaurant Group, told the newspaper. (Scene magazine had earlier reported about the Hofbrauhaus rumor.) To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on a new brewery planned for the Ohio City neighborhood. Paul Benner, the owner of The Cleveland Brew Shop in Tremont, and Justin Carson, founder of JC BeerTech Ltd. in Medina, are launching Platform Beer Co. The project will help wannabe professional brewers. "It's not just another brewery," Benner told the newspaper. "The last thing I want is for a project I'm associated with to be viewed as just another opportunity to take advantage of a trend." To read the full story, click here.
-- City Beat in Cincinnati reports on the new Rhinegeist Brewing Co. "Freshness makes a difference, a big difference, especially with hoppy, aromatic beers. Local breweries get beer out faster, with better flavor and aromatics, and beer drinkers appreciate the difference," co-founder Bob Bonder told the publication. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Washington Post reports on the collaboration beer trend that now includes brewers making special beer for restaurants, sports teams and even television shows. “You used to see a lot of just brewery-and-brewery collaborations, and now it’s branching out,” Tim Prendergast, who helps oversee the beer program at beer bar Meridian Pint, told the newspaper. “I definitely see the collaboration definition expanding." To read the full story, click here.
-- Time magazine reports on craft breweries cashing in on session beers. "In other words, the goal here is to create a beer that is less filling and tastes great. (Where have I heard that before?)" author Brad Tuttle writes. "Yes, in some ways craft brewers are marketing these new beers along the lines of the 'drinkability' of Bud Light rather than as some niche product that can only be appreciated by hops connoisseurs. Only the craft brews genuinely taste better than Miller Lite or Bud Light, one hopes." To read the full story, click here.