After spending 11 hours at the Summit County Courthouse on Tuesday -- don't ask -- I'm catching up with interesting beer stories. Here you go:
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio has been tabbed as a test market for a new Busch beer. Busch Signature Copper Lager is being released in 12 states. To read the full story, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus reports that North High Brewing Co. is expanding. The brewery is adding a 20-barrel brewhouse around the corner from its current location. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brewers Association's Julia Herz writes about what it takes to be a beer judge. "I like to say we are all palate athletes who are constantly training our senses to recognize flavors and aromas," she says. "Personally, it took me more than ten years of beery exercise before I became a confident beer judge." To read her full column, click here.
-- The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that owner of the Thirsty Pedaler, a bicycle tour company, is seeking a change in Kentucky state law that would allow passengers to drink while riding around. "We are not trying to get anybody intoxicated," Scott Benningfield told the House Judiciary Committee last week. "It's more of the idea that it lets people drink on this bike, not necessarily that they are going to be pounding beverages." To read the full story, click here.
-- Forbes magazine reports on the rise of Sierra Nevada, which it calls the "King of Craft Beer." “It’s a grow or die mentality,” founder Ken Grossman told the publication. “If our brand isn’t growing, somebody else’s will. You can have a business model where you put the brakes on and only sell 30 cases of this really exotic, really expensive beer. But we’ve grown way past that.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the Wasatch Brewery's new beer that celebrates same-sex marriage. It's called Live and Let Live. "These pairings are not the norm in Utah right now and we expect resistance from many," founder Greg Schirf told the newspaper. "However, we are confident that in the near future Utah will look back and wonder why they didn’t embrace and celebrate Live and Let Lives’ natural combinations. They will also realize that Live and Let Live is not a threat to traditional beers." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Yorkshire Post reports that beer advertisements for Kronenbourg 1664 have been banned in England because they imply that the hops used are grown in France and that the beer is made in France when it's actually brewed in the United Kingdom. To read the full story, click here.
-- Alaskan Airlines will start serving Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.'s Old 55 Pale Ale on local flights, the company said in a news release. "Silver Gulch is a successful local business based in the Fairbanks area, and we're excited to offer their beer on our Q400 flights within Alaska, " Marilyn Romano, an airlines' regional vice president, stated. "This continues our tradition of serving products made in the communities we proudly serve." To read the full news release, click here.
-- India Blooms reports that the Hindu community wants Anheuser-Busch InBev to rename its Brahma beer because it's insulting to Hindus. Lord Brahma is a Hindu diety. To read the full story, click here.