Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Drink Up Columbus reports on Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co., which will open Sept. 27 in Columbus. Unlike many new breweries, Wolf's Ridge is a brewpub. "We decided that we needed to have a restaurant associated with it as part of the overall business model," co-owner Alan Szuter told the website. "We felt that the restaurant would be an important aspect of what we were trying to build." To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg News reports that Boston Beer Co. founder and brewer Jim Koch is now a billionaire thanks to company shares doubled over the last year. "What he has done is amazing," David Geary, president of D.L. Geary Brewing, a craft brewer in Portland, Maine, he co-founded in 1983, told the news service. "He’s very focused, a brilliant marketer and he sort of taught us all how to sell beer." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Oregonian reports on a bike designed to hold a growler. Inventor Joey Ruiter's website says: "We took a growler from a local pub and set off to design a bike around it." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Los Angeles Times reports on a gallery that has turned beer coasters into artwork. "Hollywood’s La Luz de Jesus Gallery, curated by the people behind L.A. Beer Week, showcases more than 400 works that began life as four-inch coasters before dozens of featured artists transformed them into a kaleidoscope of paintings, drawings and assemblage pieces," the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Guardian reports that MillerCoors is helping barley farmers cut down on water usage. "It's an example of how companies such as MillerCoors are reaching beyond their own boundaries to help solve environmental problems," the website says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago Cubs are dumping Old Style. The team has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch as its "exclusive marketing partner" for beer and malt beverages at Wrigley and the organization’s new spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. That means Old Style is out, the newspaper reported. To read the full story, click here.