Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Youngstown Vindicator urges state lawmakers to pause before boosting the legal limit of alcohol in beer to 21 percent. "... State legislators have a responsibility to fully explore all issues relating to this controversial topic with major societal ramifications," the newspaper says. To read the full editorial, click here.
-- With the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Today.com pits the Colorado and Washington craft beer industries against each other. "Just like the big game, this one’s tough to call. While the beers from Colorado are excellent and well known, Washington has flown under the radar and could be full of surprises," author Jim Galligan writes. "As it’s a toss up, I’ll bring it back to the real-life quarterbacks. While Russell Wilson’s beer preferences are unknown, Peyton Manning recently pledged his desire for a post-game Bud Light. Advantage Washington." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on mobile canning arriving in Michigan. "Craft beer drinkers tend to be a pretty savvy crowd," Michigan Mobile Canning owner Andrew McLean told the news service. "They've already heard the story. They just want a vessel that's going to protect it best and make it the way the brewer intended when he was sitting there over a long brew day." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports that Mississippi craft brewers are pushing for a change in state law that would allow them to sell their beer at their breweries. Right now, they can only hand out samples. "Our current structure puts local Mississippi breweries at a competitive disadvantage," Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition brewery in Hattiesburg, says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on the rise of craft beer in Connecticut. The CT Beer Trail website (ctbeertrail.net) estimates that 15 breweries have opened in the state since 2010, the news service says. To read the full report, click here.
-- The Boston Globe reports that craft beer is becoming more popular in France. "Beer is appreciated in France but Kronenbourg 1664 is often the sole choice," author Megan Lisagor writes. "My husband and I became necessary fans, but not without nostalgia for what could’ve been back in Boston." To read the full story, click here.
--The Brother Robert DiTomaso writes in Meridian Magazine that he had his first beer when he was 4 years old. "When I was 4, our house burned down, and we lost everything. I recall sitting on the sidewalk watching the construction workers as they rebuilt our small home," he wrote. "One of the workers offered me a can of beer. I drank it and soon passed out. I was hooked. Thus began my life of addictions." To read the full column, click here.