Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Kentucky Post reports on MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati, calling the brewery "a trio of mad geniuses. MadTree was the first craft brewer in Ohio to can its beer. "We were fortunate to ride the waves of some of the big guys -- Sierra Nevada and New Belgium -- and even people like Avery -- and kind of ride their skirt tails into the market and convince Cincinnati and the Midwest that cans are the right answer," Kenny McNutt told the website. "We ended up as the first can craft brew in the state of Ohio. Wait six months and you’ll see, I’d guess, four to six more in the state of Ohio if not more." To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg reports that Wal-Mart is now pushing beer. "In the year since, the world’s largest retailer has focused as never before on beer — a U.S. category worth about $45 billion — and has moved aggressively to grab market share," author Renee Dudley writes. "The company has doubled the number of alcohol buyers to 12 and offered discounts on a range of brands, from mainstream Coors to such craft beers as Deschutes. It ditched slow-selling products to make way for beer and is even selling it in garden centers. New stores are designed to put the suds front and center." To read the full story, click here.
-- The News & Record reports on Rockingham Community College in Eden, N.C., launching a beer-making program to train "brewing technicians." "We are training people to go into the plant that understand how to brew beer, that know what a good beer looks like," college President Michael Helmick told the newspaper. "We are sending them in there to brew a consistent product." To read the full story, click here.
-- The website Baltimore Post-Examiner raises the question of whether the market can sustain all the craft beer growth. "While the future of craft brewing continues to be bright, it is certainly not without challenges," author John Thompson writes. "There are going to be a lot of breweries that don’t make it, just like any other industry." To read the full report, click here.