Here are some interesting beer stories, with a whole lot of news about Ohio:
-- The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that the community is getting a brewery-steakhouse. The Chops & Hops Brew Haus hopes to open in Bellefontaine by June. “We want this to be a family atmosphere even though we will have a brewery,” co-owner Dan Stinebaugh told the newspaper. “We visited a lot of breweries in California and it seems the most successful ones are family-oriented. And we think Bellefontaine is a good place to start out.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Dayton Daily News reports that Eudora Brewing Co. in Kettering has fired up the brew-your-own portion of the business. On Monday, Rick Vogel and Ralph Mantica of Kettering brewed the first batch, an Irish red ale, the newspaper said. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Dayton Business Journal reports that Yellow Springs Brewery is adding fermenters to boost production by 50 percent. The brewery is also working on a "secret" beer to release for its one-year anniversary in April, the publication says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Dayton Daily News reports that Belmont Party Supply, which has been rated as one of the best beer stores in Ohio, is opening a second, larger location called Ollie's Place in Washington Township later this year. “We’re out of room to grow here,” owner Mike Schwartz told the newspaper about the Dayton location, which will remain open. “We’ve been looking for the last two-and-a-half years to put a great beer and wine and home-brew supply store that has a place to taste our products.” To read the full story, click here.
-- SoapBox Cincinnati reports that craft brewers are having a tough time keeping up with consumer demand in the Queen City. "In our original business plan estimates, we underestimated it so much that our monthly estimate is now like an average Saturday night," MadTree Brewing co-owner Brady Duncan told the website. To read the full story, click here.
-- Technomic reports on the Brewers Association's goal to reach 20 percent market share by 2020. "The 20%-by-’20 goal will undoubtedly further motivate the craft industry to up its game on efficient operations, strategic go-to-market programs, product innovation, and engagement of the trade and the most important element, consumers," analyst Donna Hood Crecca writes. "In other words, craft brewers may just start acting more like the big brewers. Let the games begin." To read the full analysis, click here.
-- Fox News offers up recommendations on what to drink on St. Patrick's Day, including a mention of Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland. “The one that everybody goes for is Guinness,” Pratt Street Alehouse owner Justin Dvorkin says. “Guinness is the answer, stylistically, for St. Patrick’s Day.” To read the full story, click here.
-- Asheville Scene reports that there will be no more Beer City USA. Creator Charlie Papazian is pulling the plug on the online competition. “The Beer City USA poll turned out to represent exactly what I was hoping to reveal; about the essence of the American craft beer phenomenon we were all experiencing,” Papazian wrote on his website. “It was quite obvious from the 156,000 votes cast from 2009 to 2013 that beer mattered.” To read the full story, click here.