Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Better Beer Authority has a Brew &A with Aaron Rice, the nephew of Lance Rice, the autistic man from Vermilion whose lifelong dream was to visit breweries and write a beer book. Aaron is chronicling the journey and plans to turn it into a movie. "Lance was thrilled to begin his journey," he says. "Like a kid waiting for Christmas, he counted down until the day we left – Lance's Brewery Tour was his lifelong dream and it was coming true. He knew challenges were coming but those didn't translate into fears until we were face-to-face with his phobias." To read the full Q&A, click here.
-- The Salt Lake Tribune reports on beer contributing more than $1 billion to the Utah economy. "Most people would be surprised that the beer industry has such a direct economic impact on the state," Peter Cole, co-founder of Squatters Brew Pub in Salt Lake City, says. "I think about all the vendors we use. There are loads of companies on the list and we try to find local suppliers." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports on what's being done with spent grain. It's being turned into everything from dog treats to lip balm. “All of our spent grain goes somewhere, none of it goes in the trash,” Green Flash co-founder Mike Hinkley says. To read the full story, click here.
-- UpNorthLive.com in Michigan reports that Short's Brewing has added a new bottling and packaging line. "It will allow us to push production to be 300 percent more so our local capacity is going to increase by the same amount as this bottling line has increased our capacity," operations manager Tyler Glaze says. "We're looking to be able to push about 5,000 barrels of beer to the state of Michigan." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Daily News reports on Crystal Cruises creating a 14-day cruise for craft beer lovers. The cruise will sale from New York to Miami, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.