Because there are so many outstanding beer stories related to Ohio today, here's a second "Beer story sampler:"
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Rhinegeist Brewing, a new brewery in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood plans to open June 29. The brewery will focus on West Coast-style beers. “I think there’s a big chunk of people who are craving this style of beer,” co-owner Bob Bonder tells the newspaper. “The trick is, it needs to be local because freshness with hops is so important." To read the full story, click here.
-- The website Soapbox Cincinnati reports on the Party Source's $13 million effort to add a brewery, distillery and event center. The Party Source will be brewing under the name Ei8ght Ball Brewing Co., with former Rock Bottom brewer Mitchell Dougherty at the helm. To read the full story, click here.
-- The New York Times profiles Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s effort to recreate a 5,000-year-old Sumerian beer recipe. "How can you be in this business and not want to know from where your forefathers came with their formulas and their technology?" co-owner Pat Conway tells the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.
-- The Columbus Dispatch reports on the importance of beer when it comes to dinner menus. “The rising popularity of home-brewing and at-home chefs has created a demand for restaurants serving quality craft beer and food products,” Jessica Kittrell of 101 Beer Kitchen tells the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.
-- Finch Brands President Bill Gullan writes that he's not impressed with the "lack of innovation" by big brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors. "What have we gotten from the big players in beer? Line extensions (lime!), chasing of too-late trends (carbs!) and ideas that immediately seem dissonant even to those, like me, far removed from the decision-making," he writes. To read his full commentary, click here.----