Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the building that once housed the Ohio Brewing Co. brewpub has been sold.The owner of Zar Nightclub in downtown Akron bought the site for $155,000 at auction Thursday. To read the full story, click here.
-- Goose Island Beer Co. will release 312 Urban Pale Ale next month. (March) The beer was inspired by Green Line Pale Ale, a Chicago-only, draft-only brew. “Our Chicago fans gave us the inspiration to brew 312 Urban Pale Ale,” brewmaster Brett Porter said in a prepared statement. “Their incredible, ongoing support for Green Line motivated us to develop a Pale Ale that everyone in the U.S. can enjoy.” To read the full release, click here.
-- The Tampa Bay Times reports on criticism lobbed by craft beer drinkers. "It is absolutely appropriate for consumers to criticize craft brewers," Khris Johnson, head brewer at Green Bench Brewing, told the newspaper. "The fact is that standards must remain extremely high. People should expect the best and I think they should get it. I don't think that positive or negative criticism is a bad thing. I think that uneducated criticism is." To read the full story, click here.
-- Crown Imports, which controls Corona Light and Corona Extra, reports that it's expanding Corona Light on draft and introducing Corona Extra on draft. “By expanding Corona Light on draft nationally, we look forward to improving our overall draft business, which accounts for approximately 2 percent of our business,” Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Crown Imports, said in a news release. "With draft beer accounting for approximately 10 percent of the industry as a whole we’re excited about the growth opportunity with both Corona Light and Corona Extra on draft.” To read the news release, click here.