Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Toledo Blade reports on the rise of taprooms in Ohio. "Another reason the tasting room has become so popular is the short distance between keg and customer," author Bob Cunningham writes. "Not only does that result in a freshness that’s hard to duplicate at proper pubs and restaurants, but instantaneous feedback is a brewer’s best friend." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Brew Professor, which ran a contest earlier this year to find out the ideal Cincinnati six-pack, is holding a party to celebrate the top 12 beers. The party is Saturday (June 14) at the Brass Tap. "After thinking about it, I figured why stop at a six pack when we can open it up and bring in the top twelve beers!" Mike Stuart writes. To read the full post and all the details, click here.
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "5 things to know" about the second World Beer Festival in Cleveland. Organizers were impressed with Cleveland the first time around. "What was really great was the quality of the crowd," All About Beer President Daniel Bradford says. "These were people who there for the quality of the beer." To read the full story, click here.
-- Beverage Daily reports that a judge has tossed out a lawsuit claiming that Anheuser-Busch watered down its beer. To read the full story, click here.
-- WLBZ in Portland, Maine, reports on the number of women helping to fuel the craft beer scene in the state. "I still have men, actually, tell me, 'I don't know if you'll like this because it's kind of hoppy.' And I'm like, 'I think I can handle it'," Dee Dee Germain, brand manager at Allagash Brewing Co., says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Lansing State Journal reports that Atwater Brewing Co. in Detroit is now offering cans. “We’ve said all along we want to bring the art of brewing back to the Motor City and help to revive Detroit’s role as a leading producer of great beers,” owner Mark Rieth says in a news release. “In the past few years, we’ve grown to be Detroit’s biggest brewer. Canning is an important next step in our mission to bring Detroit everywhere.” To read the full story, click here.
-- BlogTO in Toronto reports on a new dill pickle beer called Dill Hole IPA being made at Great Lakes Brewery (the Canadian one, not the Cleveland one). "The brew featured a mostly two-row pale malt profile, citra and sorachi ace hops, pink Himalayan salt, and a generous addition of both dried and fresh dill," author Ben Johnson writes. To read the full post, click here.
-- WOKV radio in Florida reports that Visit Jacksonville is launching a tourism campaign to get people to visit the city and check out its craft breweries. It's also developing a Jax Ale Trail. To read the full report, click here.