Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- WOSU reports that craft brewers are facing a hop shortage. “We’ve built all of our recipes around specific hops which sometimes is very scary,” Columbus Brewing Co. owner and brewer Eric Bean says. To read the full story, click here.
-- WOUB reports on the expansion taking place at Jackie O's Brewery. “We kind of filled out our building, which is awesome; we still can’t make enough product, which is another great problem (to have),” owner Art Oestrike says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brew Professor reports on the partnership between the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. and Queen City History. The two groups are offering tours of historic breweries and saloons. To read the full story, click here.
-- CNNMoney reports that craft beer is finally taking over in the South thanks, in part, to the easing of ABV laws. "ABV limits are not a barrier to entry into the market, but it's clearly a barrier to innovation," Bart Watson, an economist at the Brewers Association, says. "The different regulatory environments in the Southeast tend to [be stacked] against small brewers. But these states are coming to recognize the [economic] value of having local brewers." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the Louisville Zoo is now selling beer. zoo "Industry professionals tell us that they’ve had success in offering beer on their own campus without problems," spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Gadsen Times reports that Back Forty Beer Co. is doubling its capacity and expanding into Tennessee. “We have 11 states that are patiently waiting for us to expand,” CEO Jason Wilson says. To read the full story, click here.
-- Men's Journal reports that rye beers are becoming more popular. "Even though you won't find loads of rye beers at your local bottle shop, American brewers are starting to use the grain more often, especially in pale ales and IPAs, otherwise known as RyePAs," the website says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Maine News reports that the state's craft beer industry is predicting 200 percent growth over the next four years. "The future is bright for Maine craft beer," says Dan Kleban, owner of Maine Beer Co. "We are creating sustainable manufacturing jobs, driving tourism, and supporting allied industries like Maine farms." To read the full story, click here.