Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The website Drink Up Columbus has announced the winners of its second annual Best of Drink Up Columbus reader survey . The winner of the best brewery in Central Ohio goes to ... drumroll please ... Columbus Brewing, with Barley's Ale House and Seventh Son coming in second and third, respectively. Seventh Son also was voted best new brewery and Columbus Bodhi was selected as the best beer. To check out all the results, click here.
-- The website BeerGraphs goes off on the concept of beer hoarding. "Bottle hoarding sucks," author Miles Liebtag writes. "It's consumerism as hobby, object fetishism as aspiration, a kind of social currency that's mostly proffered and accumulated by people who would otherwise be buying baseball cards and replica fantasy swords." To read the full report, click here.
-- BBC News Magazine reports on the rise of female brewers. "Men can be tied to the more traditional ways of doing things whereas we think outside the boring, brown, bitter box," Brewsters Brewery founder Sara Barton says. "We're not forever going down the hoppier, stronger route." To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg reports on the large national brewers entering the craft beer segment more frequently. "We looked at where the growth sectors were, and craft was exploding," Tom Cardella, president of Tenth & Blake, a division of MillerCoors, told Bloomberg. "When you look at the marketing of craft, it requires a different approach." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on why craft beer costs so much and why craft beer drinkers are so willing to pay -- sometimes out the nose. “It can definitely add up when you’re getting one bottle for $17,” beer drinker Tab Averbeck told the newspaper. “It’s sometimes hard to swallow. You’re paying for the quality, and I understand and respect that, but absolutely it’s a burden on the wallet." To read the full story, click here.
-- Minnesota Public Radio News reports on a Fargo, N.D., church where it's OK to drink a beer while singing a hymn. “Every time I come away having gotten to know somebody better than I did before, whether it’s a new person or somebody I’ve known for a long time,” the Rev. Cody Schuler of The Gathering says. “So it really is a matter of it’s what church is really about and that’s community." To read the full story, click here.