Here are several interesting beer-related stories, including a few from Ohio:
-- The Short North Arts District reports on North High Brewing Co. in Columbus. North High is both a brew-your-own operation and production brewery. "From day one, what we’ve always had in the business plan was franchising," co-owner Gavin Meyers said. "That’s something that we definitely want to do and we feel like this concept could do very well in cities like Indianapolis and Cincinnati. This location would be considered the flagship or pilot brewery and then the others would simply be replicating the Brew-on-Premise aspect and retail experience."
-- Columbus Underground reports on Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co., a new brewpub planning to open in September on North Fourth Street. “We want this to be a very casual but refined space, communal,” co-owner Bob Szuter tells the website. “We want to attract every type of individual, make them feel comfortable as they try new beer and new food. We want to just try and keep it fun." To read the full story, click here. To
-- The Lakewood Observer reports on the upcoming Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival, taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 in downtown Lakewood. For more details, click here.
-- -- Stone Brewing Co. co-founder Greg Koch penned a lengthy letter in response to the recent Consumer Reports craft beer flap. "Heck, even the publication itself has had to brush up on the definition of the term as a result of their article," he writes. "This isn’t a knock on them. To be perfectly honest, the term hasn’t existed all that long, and it takes time for items like that to make it into the national lexicon. That’s what makes Consumer Reports devoting significant ink and page space to the largest growing segment of the American alcohol beverage industry so important. In short, it exposes its readership, people concerned about getting the very best whether its vehicles and computers or ales and lagers, to something that is the very best." To read the full letter, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports that two Iraqi War veterans are launching a brewery in Virginia Beach, Va., near the main runway for the Navy's East Coast master jet base. Young Veterans Brewing Co. -- its motto is "Brewing with the Freedom We Fought For" -- features beers with names like "Jet Noise Double IPA and "Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen." To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg TV reports on brewers courting female drinkers. To view the report, click here.
-- CNBC's Jim Cramer is bullish on beer stocks. "BUD has been raising prices—that was supposed to really hurt sales — but it seems that the price hikes haven't done much to hurt demand. Meanwhile, BUD posted its first positive margin improvement in five quarters," the host of Mad Money said. To view the report, click here.
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