Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Columbus Dispatch reports on the World of Beer's beer tour, noting that one fella has tried more than 1,300 brews. “There certainly is that Cheers effect when you walk in and everyone knows your name,” bar regular Stephen Benvenuto, who has sampled 880, told the newspaper. “Is that worth the $7,000 or $8,000 I’ve spent? I’m not quite sure.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Boston Globe reports that one of Boston Beer Co.'s brands has taken off, but it's not a beer. The company's Angry Orchard cider has captured 40 percent of the U.S. cider market, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a Florida man is suing Anheuser-Busch, accusing the brewer of misleading customers to believe that the Beck’s beer sold in the United States is brewed in Germany. The beer is made in the U.S. A-B denies the allegation, saying that Beck’s beer sold in the U.S. is clearly labeled as being made in America, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The New York Times reports on Duvel Moortgat Brewery of Belgium announcing a deal to buy the Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, Mo. “I see here in Europe that consumers are getting more and more interested in American craft beers,” Michel Moortgat, one of three brothers who own Duvel, told the newspaper. “In the future, with this partnership, we will be able to develop the taste for those beers more substantially here and in other countries like Japan and China.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Oregonian reports on craft beer being a big hit in dive bars in Portland. "It's all about the consumers saying what they want," Oregon Brewer's Guild Executive Director Brian Butenschoen told the newspaper. "They want the seasonal. They want the IPA from the up-and-coming brewery. Now you'll see (great) beer all over, at dive bars, even strip clubs." To read the full story, click here.
-- NPR reports on the sour craze in the craft beer industry. "It will definitely change your expectation about what a beer tastes like," Alex Wallash, who co-founded The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, Calif., said. "It's a new flavor experience all together." To read the full story, click here.