Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Boston Globe reports on the trend of breweries offering "memberships" and asking loyal fans to pony up cash in advance to have access to limited release beers. “The first time we did it we really weren’t sure,” Night Shift Brewing cofounder Michael Oxton told the newspaper. “It’s not something you see everywhere. It’s going really well, but you still have to back it up with excellent beer." To read the full story, click here.
-- Voice of America reports that South Africa's first black-owned brewery has opened. "A lot of people were very surprised that a black person can brew beer," Ndumiso Madlala says. ss "So I am very proud that I have been able to demonstrate to other African people that it is possible to venture into brewing as an African person, and I so hope that a lot of people are going to follow suit in the brewing field." To read the full story, click here.
To -- The Age reports that a former chief executive at Australia's largest brewer Foster's is down on mainstream beers. ''The majors produce deliberately quite bland products that are inoffensive, while craft brewers have spotted a gap and are providing these smaller-run, more exciting products,'' Trevor O'Hoy says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Beaver County Times newspaper is launching an online beer program with Beer Guy Mike Pound. "Every other week, I'm going to bring you a new video, a look at somewhere, something or someone connected with western Pennsylvania's beer scene," he writes. To read the full story, click here.