Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- WCPO in Cincinnati profiles the brewing team at Taft's Ale House, which hopes to open in January. Co-owner and head brewer Kevin Moreland has tapped Jared Hamilton from Mt. Carmel Brewing as his lead brewer and Patrick Woods from Rivertown Brewing as an assistant brewer. To read the full story, click here.
-- WCPO reports that Stone Brewing Co. is getting closer to making its decision on its East Coast brewery and it looks like Cincinnati is out as a possible destination. To read the full report, click here.
-- Drink Up Columbus reports on the Lancaster Brew Fest set for Aug. 9. There will be more than 30 craft beers and ciders. To read the full report, click here.
-- Brewbound shares a news release on a new "Road to Cicerone" series that's designed to help people become a cicerone. “We worked with an educational consultant and publisher to help create a course that is not just informative but also effective in helping people learn,” Cicerone program founder and Director Ray Daniels says. To read the full news release, click here.
-- Serious Eats recommends "40 Beers to Put on Your Bucket List." The rundown includes Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. To read the full list, click here.
-- CNBC reports on rising craft beer prices. Blame it on the cost of barley and hops. To watch a video featuring Steve Hindy, click here.
-- The Associated Press reports on how American craft beer is catching on overseas. "The idea that we're going to go across the pond as it were to brew our style of beers fresh in Europe is an exciting prospect for us," said Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, who announced the overseas expansion plans over the weekend. "When we started out at Stone 18 years ago, we were inspired by a lot of the European brewers ... and now to see an inspiration bounce back around the world, that's amazing." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Longmont Times-Call reports on a new shop that sells craft beer and running shoes. The idea for Shoes & Brews stemmed from a combined bike shop and bar. "We always talked about, why does it have to be a bike shop? Why can't it be running?" co-owner Colin Anderson says. To read the full story, click here.