Here are some interesting beer stories:
-- Columbus Business First reports on Columbus Brewing Co. looking to expand, which could result in them relocating. “This expansion is a Band-Aid before what will be a larger expansion later in the year,” Brewmaster Eric Bean told the publication. “We’re constantly up against the wall and haven’t always been able to do what we want to do.” To read the full story, click here.
-- This Week Community News in Columbus reports on the growth of craft breweries in Central Ohio. "I think we'll see some of the smaller players go away," Cheryl Harrison of Drink Up Columbus told the publication. "Right now, it's kind of a quality issue." To read the full story, click here.
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews the Fat Head's tasting room at its production brewery in Middleburg Heights. "Although a little difficult to see from the road (better signage would help), it's worth seeking out for fresh, award-winning craft beers and surprisingly tasty food," author Cathy Phillips writes. To read the full review, click here.
-- Bloomberg reports that MillerCoors will soon release Miller Fortune, a spirits-inspired beer. “We asked, ’How would Jack Daniels or Maker’s Mark do a beer and why?’” MillerCoors head of innovation David Kroll told the news service. “We tortured every aspect to say, ’Are we falling back on what beer would do?’ Because this brand is intended to play in a spirits occasion.” To read the full story, click here.
-- The Rockford Register Star reports on the latest beer trademark squabble. Rockford Brewing Co. in Illinois is suing the Rockford Brewing Co. in Michigan. To read the full story, click here.
-- Craft Brewing Business reports that Founders Brewing Co. in Michigan will release its All Day IPA in a 15-pack of cans. “We are able to offer 15-packs of cans due to production efficiencies from packaging cost savings,” co-founder Mike Stevens said. “We’re excited to pass the savings on to our customers as a way of saying thank you for their reception of All Day IPA." To read the full report, click here.
-- -- -- The Pensacola News Journal reports on how British beer is slighted in the U.S. "British beer, while being arguably one of three distinct progenitors of modern American brewing, always seems to take a back seat to our own craft beer," author Tim Dohms writes. To read the full story, click here.
-- Research company Mintel reports that Americans are turning more toward wine and liquor, and away from domestic beer. "We've seen for years that Americans of legal drinking age are no longer only beer, wine, or liquor drinkers, instead they're trying a variety of alcoholic beverages," Mintel global food and drink analyst Jennifer Zegler said in a prepared statement. "Their drinks — or drinks — of choice during the Super Bowl will likely be no exception, with consumers curious to try new craft beers, hard ciders, sparkling wine, and flavored liquors." To read the full report, click here.
-- GQ magazine reports on seven craft beers to sample during the Super Bowl. They include Hops & Grain The One They Call Zoe and The Bruery Humulus Lager. To read the story, click here.