Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the special Sumerian beer dinner held at Great Lakes Brewing Co. on Wednesday. The brewery recreated, as best it could, a beer that would have been made and drank in ancient Sumeria. That beer was served at the dinner. What did it taste like? Apparently a farmhouse sour. To read the full story, click here.
-- NBC News reports on a strange study done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. With about one-third of emergency room visits involving alcohol, researchers set about to find out what brands those patients were imbibing. Budweiser was the top brand, with Steel Reserve, Bud Ice, Bud Light and Barton's discount-priced vodka right behind. To read the full story, click here.
-- The website About.com has put together an entertaining beer graphic that covers everything from the average price of beer in New York City as compared to the U.S. average to the amount of calories in Budweiser, Sierra Nevada and other brands. To see the graphic, click here.
-- Forbes.com reports that Las Vegas has suddenly discovered craft beer. It's all thanks to food. "As people expand their taste buds they realize there is a great and wonderful world of beer," Southern Wine and Spirits on Nevada’s Director of Craft Russell Gardner told Forbes. "This philosophy does not only apply to diners. It is beginning to flow over to everyone, everywhere. This is a small thing with a big impact for the growth of the beer market in Las Vegas." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Toronto Globe and Mail reports on a University of Waterloo study that shows people living in Ontario pay substantially more for beer than those in Quebec because the big Canadian brands control the market in Ontario. The study described The Beer Store, where beer is sold in Ontario, as a "cartel." To read the full story, click here.
-- The website Business Insider reports on why canned beer is so much better than bottled beer. "Light is destructive to the organic compound in beer that make the flavors everyone is so crazy about," Ska Brewing's Dave Welz says. To read the full report, click here.
-- The Australian Associated Press reports that a scientist has developed a way that beer can rehydrate instead of dehydrate. But it works only on low alcohol brews. Ben Desbrow, a dietitian at Griffith University in Brisbane, and his team manipulated the electrolyte levels of two commercial beers, the wire service says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The New York Daily News profiles Big Alice Brewing Co., a new brewery on Long Island that's putting together some strange concoctions. It's beers have included curry, purple potatoes, morels and kumquats. "We want to widen what beer can be," co-founder Robby Crafton told the newspaper. "I like the mix of artistry and science." To read the full story, click here.