Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on Great Lakes Brewing starting to make its famous Christmas Ale. "Every year people always say it (changes)," brewmaster Mark Hunger says. "We're using natural ingredients so you're going to have slight variations." To read the full story, click here.
-- Mashable.com reports on the most popular breweries in the U.S. on Pinterest. Six are listed in Ohio: Hoppin' Frog, Actual, Little Mountain, Indigo Imp, Rhinegeist and Rivertown. To read the full list, click here.
-- Paste offers a Q&A with Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. "It’s almost impossible to picture the beer landscape in this country without Sierra Nevada, which has been a veritable institution in American beer for the last three decades," author Graham Averill writes. To read the full Q&A, click here.
-- The Scotsman reports on a study that shows that having a single glass of beer at age 14 can lead to binge drinking. “Just delaying people drinking by six months or a year is a very, very substantial intervention that would have vast beneficial consequences,” says Dr. Hugh Garavan, from the University of Vermont in Canada. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on the city's newest brewery, Milkman Brewing Co. “We are definitely not going by the [beer] style guidelines,” co-owner Jamie Rice says. “I know every brewery says that ....” To read the full story, click here.
-- Fast Company reports on Anheuser-Busch's pilot brewery in St. Louis. “If you can think of any kind of food, herb, or spice, we probably have tried it,” Research Pilot Brewery head brewer Jill Vaughn says. “We don’t commercialize everything we play with, but it leads to things that might have a broader appeal.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Boston Herald offers up its recommendations for the most patriotic beers in Boston. The list includes Pabst Blue Ribbon, Yuengling and Mayflower Pale Ale. To read the full story and the logic behind the list, click here.
-- CNBC reports the first pumpkin beer of the season is coming out. Southern Tier Pumking. "With each passing year, seasonal beers are hitting the shelves earlier and earlier, a phenomenon known in the beer world as 'seasonal creep,' " Tom Rotunno writes. To read the full story, click here.