Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Reuters reports that it can be annoying to produce the world's top-rated beer. While appreciative, the Trappist monks who brew Westvleteren XII are overwhelmed with phone calls and demands for the beer from their Belgian abbey. "It's good to know our customers appreciate what we make," Brother Godfried said. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Wall Street Journal reports on cellaring craft beer and offers some suggestions on good brews to age. "The beers may be strong, but they must be aged gently," author William Bostwick writes. "Aim for 54 degrees Fahrenheit—a mini-fridge with a temperature control is nice, but a dark interior closet works too." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Business Standard reports that the Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Virginia has made a beer using yeast from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil. The beer is called Bone Dusters Paleo Ale. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports that a Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Brewing and bring it back to the community. "When I think about Pabst being anywhere else but Milwaukee, it just doesn't make sense," Susie Seidelman, an organizer of the Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home effort, says. "Milwaukee made this beer what it is. ... It's right on the can." To read the full story, click here.
-- Beverage World Magazine has named Full Sail Brewing Co. in Oregon as its Craft Brewer of the Year. "In its 27 years of existence, Full Sail has gained a reputation for its consistent product quality and brewing best practices, as well as its steady growth—not the hard-to-sustain, explosive high-double and triple-digit growth of some in the segment, but a reliable, profitable climb," the magazine says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Philadelphia Daily News asks the question of whether the craft beer bubble will burst. Joe Sixpack, also known as Don Russell, offers up three reasons why it will and three reasons why it won't. Why it will: There are too many breweries, there are too many brands and there aren't enough craft beer drinkers. Why it won't: There are not enough breweries, brands don't matter and everyone is a craft beer drinker. To read his commentary, click here.