Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- With the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland in 2016, U.S. News & World Report says U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is fond of the city's beer, particularly Great Lakes Brewing Co. “The Great Lakes Brewing Company is a favorite brewery of mine,” Portman says. “They have all the Great Lakes beer including my favorite which is Burning River Pale Ale.” To read the full report, click here.
-- The Mansfield News Journal reports that Phoenix Brewing Co. will hold its grand opening on Thursday. The brewery officially opened in April. “Everything we’ve wanted to accomplish in Phase I is done,” co-owner Steve Zigmund says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cincinnati Business Courier reports on the new 32-ounce crowlers being offered at Rhinegeist Brewery. “Crowlers are perfect for sharing with others, or keeping selfishly to yourself,” the brewery says. “Warning: shotgunning NOT recommended – although, who are we to stop you?” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on how to create a beer garden. We're talking about plants here. Not a place to sit and have a beer. “The modern palate pretty much demands some hops in beer, but beyond that, there’s a lot of choices available,” says Dennis Fisher, an organic farmer from Winterport, Maine. To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg reports how beer drinkers in China like drinking their beer warm. That's posed some challenges for brewers. "Drinking cold liquids is widely seen as undesirable in China," author Selina Wang writes. "Warmer beverages are considered healthier for digestion, an idea that also stems from the traditional habit of boiling water to make it safer to drink." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Oregonian reports that some ashes of the late Don Younger, a Portland beer legend, will go up in space this month. To read the full story, click here.