Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Associated Press reports that a Montana craft brewery is suing Anheuser-Busch InBev, alleging that popular YouTube videos for Bud Light violate its trademarked phrase "Hold my beer and watch this." Big Sky Brewing filed the suit in Missoula, Mont., and says it has used the slogan since at least 2004. To read the full story, click here.
-- Scene Magazine beer writer Robert Massie reports on the 10 best new craft beers to hit the Cleveland market in 2013. Hoppin' Frog BORIS Bairille Aois, Great Lakes Alchemy Hour (soon to be Chillwave), Fat Head's IBUsive IPA, and Thirsty Dog Wulver made the list. To read the full report, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Actual Brewing in Columbus has bottled its first beer: Orthodox Winter IPA. "We didn’t want to make a winter beer with pie spices, so we used roasty malts and musky hops to get a frosty feel,” Actual owner Fred Lee told the website. To read the full story, click here.
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Northwest hop growers had a great year thanks to the growing demand for craft beer. The total value of the 2013 crop was around $250 million. That’s up nearly 30 percent from the year before, it says. To read the full story, click here.
-- Technomic reports on the craft beer bubble, with analyst Donna Hood Crecca saying "craft's momentum is far from over." "As craft’s volume grows, achieving those double-digit gains will become more difficult, but that’s true for any category," she writes. To read her analysis, click here.
-- The Free Times in Columbia, S.C., reports on the fear of an upcoming craft beer bubble. "Even though the quality of craft beer that is available today is extraordinary, the danger is real: We could be headed for an oversupply of excellent beer," author Gerald Jowers writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- Paste reports on 10 beautiful beer labels. They include Gigantic Brewing End of Reason, Buffalo Bill's Alimony IPA and Founders Breakfast Stout. To read the full list, click here.