Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- The Dayton Daily News reports that Dayton AleFest founder Joe Waizmann, who's now one of the owners of Warped Wing Brewing Co., has sold the rights to the annual festival. Local residents Jennifer Dean and Amanda Pond are taking over, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.
-- WCPO in Cincinnati previews Volksfest, an annual beer festival held at Listermann Brewing Co. that showcases summer beers. The event this weekend will showcase Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Madtree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith and Listermann. To read the full story, click here.
-- Cincinnati CityBeat profiles the Fifth Street Brewpub, which recently opened in Dayton. "Today, the co-op is made up of more than 2600 member-owners, but no one makes a profit or drinks for free," the paper says. "You don’t have to be a member to be a customer, but there are perks for members, like discounts on beer and a larger members-only glass to drink from." To read the full story, click here.
-- Granite City Food & Brewery -- which has two locations in Ohio -- has hooked up with design firm Boelter Beverage Group "to refresh the restaurant’s corporate brand identity and each of its microbrews." “We had been searching for the right design group, who not only understood our business, but captured the essence of our brand,” RJ Nab, director of field brewing operations at Granite City, said in a news release. “Boelter presented ideas and a vision for our craft beer brands that made it seem like they read our mind.” To read the full news release, check out Brewbound by clicking here.
-- The Greenville News reports on the rising cost of craft beer. Blame the hop. Just a decade ago, a pound of hops would sell for $3. Today, the cost for certain varieties can reach $20, the newspaper says. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Pittsburgh Tribune reports that Pittsburgh Brewing Co. -- the maker of Iron City -- is trying to reconnect with the Pittsburgh market. “We've been around since 1861,” CEO Brian Walsh says. “This is really an iconic brand that is deeply embedded in the Pittsburgh community.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Boston Herald reports on the 20th anniversary of Smuttynose Brewing Co. "It celebrates its 20th year in style, with a beautiful new farmhouse brewery that opened this summer at historic Towle Farm in Hampton, a hot new beer called Bouncy House IPA and even a new beer-centric restaurant slated to open next to the brewery this autumn," author Kerry Byrne writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- RT.com reports that the Chinese beer market is expected to grow by 45 percent by 2017, overtaking the U.S. as the world's largest in terms of value, according to Euromonitor International forecasting. To read the full story, click here.
-- Reuters reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev had a great second quarter thanks in part to robust beer sales in Brazil for the World Cup. The brewer reported a 9.5 percent like-for-like rise in second-quarter earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to $4.85 billion, the news service says. To read the full story, click here.