Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Queen City Fresh profiles Cincinnati artist Keith Neltner. "You may not be familiar with local artist Keith Neltner of Neltner Small Batch (NSB) but chances are you’ve certainly have unknowingly admired his work," Chris Stevens writes. Neltner is the artist behind new branding at Arnold's Bar & Grille and some cool bottle label art, among other projects. To read the full profile, click here.
-- The Baltimore Sun reports that craft brewers in Maryland are pushing state lawmakers to allow them to hold tastings at farmers' markets and county fairs, and raise the limit on how many barrels brewpubs can make. To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the falling sales of domestic light beers. "Not that this spells the end of light beers, which still make up a significant chunk of the market," Bloomberg says. To read the full report, click here.
-- NPR reports that a Vancouver group is teaching alcoholics how to make their own beer and wine. The goal isn't to promote drinking but to keep people from drinking unsafe alcohol or keep them from bad behavior such as shoplifting. "Obviously, we'd rather they didn't drink," Portland Hotel Society Executive Director Mark Townsend told the Vancouver Sun. "But if they do, we'd rather they didn't drink hand sanitizer." To read the full story, click here.
-- Advertising Age reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev is blending soccer and beer for its Brahma Selecao Especial beer. The brewer is growing barley on soccer fields for use in the beer that will be released in Brazil when the country hosts the World Cup. "Brahma is the official sponsor of the Brazilian soccer team, and the official beer of the World Cup," Sergio Gordilho, CEO of Brahma agency Africa, told the publication. "We wanted to launch a product that got inside the team itself." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Irish Independent reports that some beer is cheaper than water at stores in Ireland. Professor Joe Barry of the Trinity College Department of Public Health told the publication that the problem with cheap beer is that it encourages harmful drinking. To read the full story, click here.
-- CNN reports on a London company that will deliver beer to you at the office. "We work all week leading up to the Friday.. then on Friday I show up with a box of beers - everyone's best friend," Desk Beers co-founder Steve Marshall tells the station. To read the full story, click here.