Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- USA Today reports on the popularity of brewpubs and the top of the story includes a nod to the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus in Columbus. Joe Tucker of Ratebeer.com also highlights Hoppin' Frog in Akron and Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland as two of his favorites in the country. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Dayton Daily News reports that a woman from Dayton offered a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes to anybody who found her lost dog. The reward worked. To read the full story, click here.
-- Drinks Business Review reports that Oskar Blues has introduced a 32-ounce can called the Crowler. "We get off on pushing the limits, doing things differently and the Crowler is another step of innovation to take advantage of what the can package has to offer from behind the bar," Jeremy Rudolf, the man behind the Crowler, told the site. To read the full story, click here.
-- Smithsonian Magazine reports that the Icelandic brewery Steoji is making beer out of dead whales. Whale lovers aren't happy. To read the full story, click here.
-- The website Brewbound, citing IRI research, reports that craft beer sales at retail stores grew 19.2 percent last year. Total dollar sales for all beer grew 3.2 percent. To read the full report, click here.