Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Columbus Business First reports that Hofbrauhaus at Grandview Yard plans to open by Oct. 21. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Detroit News reports on the hop farming boom in Michigan. Since 2007, the number of commercial acres devoted to hops has gone from zero to 400, the newspaper says. “Probably 75 percent of the growers we have in the [Michigan Hop] Alliance are all new to farming,” farmer Brian Tennis says. “They just got into it because they’re more brewing enthusiasts than actual farmers.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Oklahoman reports on breweries producing 3.2 percent beer. "Instead of simply lamenting the fact that state law prohibits them from selling full-strength beer directly to the public, the state’s brewers are turning out a series of low-point beers that they can sell," author Nick Trougakos writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- Brewbound reports on craft breweries in the eastern portion of the U.S. expanding. They include Sun King, Abita, Lakefront and Hill Farmstead. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Los Angeles Times heralds the arrival of more Mexican beers in the U.S. "Mexican beer has come a long way since that first crisp beer you ordered from the imported side of the menu in 1981, when beers like Corona were first made available in the U.S., both in the cerveza artesanal world and the macro-brewed mainstream Mexican beer world," author Javier Cabral writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- The New York Post reports that scientists have recreated a beer from an old beer bottle found in Chinatown in New York City. The bottle dates to the 1800s. “It’s a light summer drink, slightly minty and refreshing” says Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis Archaeology. The beer is infused with ginger root, sarsaparilla and wintergreen oil, and other herbs. To read the full story, click here.