Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Atlantic reports on the state of the U.S. beer industry. "Beer lovers of America might be forgiven if their grasp of the current brew-scape feels iffy," author John Tierney writes. "Alice herself would be at home in this Wonderland. It's a world in which up is down, little is big, and there's no Blue Moon on the horizon." To read the full story, which includes graphics, click here.
-- Beer Pulse offers up some fun facts about the recent World Beer Cup, including the fact that 70 percent of the beers entered were from the U.S. To check out the numerical rundown, click here.
-- The Toronto Star reports that Molson Coors and Miller Brewing Co. are still fighting over who gets to distribute some Miller brands in Canada. “The parties have been engaged in settlement discussions but have been unable to reach a settlement at this time,” a spokesman for Molson Coors says in a statement. To read the full story, click here.
-- EuropeanCEO.com reports on "The Top Five Breweries taking Europe by Storm." They are Schönram, Sharp's, Van Steenberge, HOBO and Evil Twin. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Post and Courier reports that South Carolina is considering loosening its beer laws, in part to attract Stone Brewing Co. to the state.The proposal would allow brewpubs to brew more beer. Now, brewpubs are restricted to making 2,000 barrels a year. "It's purely an economic development issue," Sen. Sean Bennett says. "It's to expand on momentum we built when we passed the pint bill last year. We have had amazing success with that." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that SweetWater Brewing is now the official craft beer sponsor of the Atlanta Braves. “Baseball and beer are about as American as it gets; the two go hand in hand,” SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch says. “With the recent launch of our cans we’re now able to make our beer more accessible throughout the ballpark, welcoming fans to experience a true taste of Atlanta at the new SweetWater beer island serving fresh beers made right up the street.” To read the full story, click here.