Here are some interesting beer stories, all from Ohio:
-- The City Paper in Dayton reports on the brewery explosion in the Miami Valley. Author Kevin Gray notes that the area could soon have 12 breweries within the next year. Two years ago, it had none. "... It was only a matter of time before Dayton, the beer city without a brewery, started producing craft beer again," he writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- Scene magazine in Cleveland reports that The Brew Kettle in Strongsville is in expansion mode. "Our plan is to better cover Ohio and add distribution to Kentucky for any excess production," brewer Jack Kephart told the weekly newspaper. To read the full story, click here.
---- The Cincinnati blog Queen City Drinks reports on a new lagering tunnel found in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. "How does a massive underground structure get lost for 18 years you ask?" author Tom Aguero writes. "Well, being underground is a good start to hiding things, then deciding that it wasn’t useful space and pouring concrete over it also helps. Having the area of town it’s in degrade from German village to violent ghetto also assists in that." To read his report, complete with photos, click here.
-- WMAN, a radio station in Mansfield, has an interview with the guys behind Phoenix Brewing Co., a yet-to-open brewery in the city. To listen to the interview with host Rusty Cates, click here. (I'm working on my own story related to the brewery.)
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on the sometimes humorous, sometimes educational sayings that brewers place underneath bottle caps. "It was another opportunity to engage our fans and just to see who was paying attention,” Steve Hill of Magic Hat told the newspaper. “Packaging and labels have become more crowded over the years. We were running out of space to do fun things with. Where else can you put something on a bottle or a box?" To read the full story, click here.o