Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The website Fresh Water reports on Cleveland reaping the economic benefits of the craft beer industry. "Rather than simply wet a city's collective whistle, Cleveland's beer entrepreneurs are helping to transform the region's economic prospects one pint at a time," author Douglas Guth writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on its unscientific beer poll that ranked Great Lakes Christmas Ale as readers' favorate holiday brew. Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas and Fat Head's Holly Jolly were second and third, respectively. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Canton Repository reports on the growth of craft beer, highlighting Thirsty Dog Brewing and Hoppin' Frog Brewery, both in Akron. "Beers are like my children," Hoppin' Frog owner and brewer Fred Karm tells the newspaper. "I raise them from conception. Some go out and make a lot of money, others are more artistic." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Boston Business Journal reports on the nationwide release of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, a West Coast-style IPA. To read the full story, click here.
-- Advertising Age reports that those who believed Goose Island Beer Co. was doomed when it was taken over by Anheuser-Busch InBev three years ago were wrong. "As the three-year anniversary of the $38.8 million deal approaches in March, Goose Island has managed to hold on to its street cred," the magazine says. "It's stayed true to its roots by avoiding many tactics employed by A-B InBev, such as copy testing, consumer testing or market research. To read the full story, click here.
" To -- The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that hundreds of beer fans waited in line Saturday for the latest sour offering from Russian River Brewing Co. To read the full story, click here.
-- Parade magazine recommends nine potential holiday gifts for beer lovers. They range from Hop Candy to a Growler Tap. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Grocer reports that Heineken is developing a low-alcohol cider. To read the full story, click here.