Here are some interesting beer stories:

-- A reporter from the Sandusky Register spent the day helping brew beer at Catawba Island Brewing Co. "I was about to find out about the precision required for craft beer brewing," reporter Melissa Topey wrote. To read her full report, click here. 

-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on Granite City Food & Brewery opening a location in Lyndhurst. "Actually, this is the coolest store we've got," Dean Oakey, co-owner and chief development officer, told the newspaper , told  . "It's got a lot more seats, and all the material – the stone, natural wood, the furniture – we intend to use in future locations." To read the full story, click here.

-- The Associated Press reports that Italians are drinking less wine and more beer. "We like beer because it's more refreshing, lively, soft and lighter," beer drinker Francesco Rizzo told the news service. To read the full story, click here.

-- The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virgina Department of Agriculture has given a $23,000 grant to West Virginia State University to study locally grown and organically produced hops. "The craft brewing industry in our state is seeing a surge recently," Melissa Stewart, a WVSU extension specialist, told the newspaper. "Through this project, we're working to connect West Virginia farmers with the commercial production of hops and, in turn, foster new economic development opportunities." To read the full story, click here.