Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Several beer bloggers from around Ohio sat down Tuesday night for an hourlong webchat about the craft beer scene thanks to The Ohio Beercast. The lineup featured Renee DeLuca (The Brewer’s Daughter), Cheryl Harrison (Drink Up Columbus), Chris Stevens (Queen City Fresh), Mark Driscoll (The Ohio Beercast), Darrell Williams (The Ohio Beercast) and myself. To watch the conversation, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus editor Cheryl Harrison has founded a new group: the Beers and Board Games Club of Columbus. What's the point? Why beer and board games, of course. There's a meet-up March 17 at the Elevator 13th Floor Taproom. To read the full report, including Cheryl's complimentary, yet short interview with herself, click here.
-- Queen City Fresh has released a new round of social media rankings for Ohio breweries. The website has been tracking Facebook likes and Twitter followers. Great Lakes Brewing Co. -- the state's oldest craft brewery -- continues to lead by a wiiiiiide margin in both categories. To see the report, click here.
-- The New York Daily News reports that Budweiser -- despite the rise of craft beer -- remains the King of Beer for many beer drinkers. “It’s the best beer in the city,” Tom Cannizzaro told the newspaper. “It’s a clean, fresh taste — nothing compares.” To read the full story, click here.
-- Iron Maiden beer sells -- really well. The Morning Advertiser reports that Iron Maiden Trooper, made by the Robinson's Brewery in England, has sold more than 3.5 million pints. To read the full story, click here.
-- The San Antonio Current reports on Girls' Pint Out, a group for women who enjoy drinking craft beer. "For those interested, know that this group caters to even the most timid of suds-sippers, as well as those with a more expansive brew IQ," author Sara Gallegos writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- The fourth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival returns to Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 17. “We're excited to bring the canned craft beer revolution back to Scottsdale," coordinator Landon Evans said in a news release. "This event continues to grow each year and this year will be even bigger and better than years past." To read the full news release, click here.
-- The Street reports that Moody's predicts there will be more consolidation within the beer industry. "Major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors have captured more than 18 percent of the U.S. craft market combined with brands like Blue Moon, Shock Top and Goose Island as they try to counter declining mainstream volumes," Moody's Senior Vice President Linda Montag says. "And the big brewers likely will participate in the consolidation of the craft segment, which includes more than 2,700 small breweries." To read the full report, click here.
-- Anheuser-Busch InBev is expanding its fruity Bud Light line-up. The brewer is adding Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita. To read a news release, click here.