Here are some interesting beer-related stories and one about mead:



-- The website Examiner.com reports on North High Brewing Co. in Columbus boldly proclaiming in its headline: "In only six months, North High Brewing has become a craft beer heavy hitter." To read the full story, click here.  



-- Imbibe magazine reports on the growing trend involving mead and mentions Ohio's Crafted Artisan Meadery and Brothers Drake Meadery. "Mead is one of America’s most polarizing, and misunderstood, alcoholic beverages," author Joshua Bernstein writes. "Mention it to most people and they’ll recoil, recalling the cloying booze that, along with oversize turkey legs, is a Renaissance Faire staple. That’s a bit like judging American beer on a baseball-game macrobrew. Across America, meaderies are moving past that cliché, creating sublimely inventive meads that range from bone-dry to dessert-sweet, and spiced with just about any fruit, herb or vegetable pulled from the pantry." To read the full story, click here. 



-- The Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland is one of the "100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the United States," according to OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation provider. It's the only Ohio location that made the list. "The honorees have embraced the cocktail and craft beer movements to create the ideal places to bookend a dining experience,” Caroline Potter, OpenTable chief dining officer, told RestaurantNews.com. To read the story and logic behind the list, click here.



-- TheDailyMeal.com reports on the 10 best beers to take to the beach. "Anything you're going to drink for an extended period in the sun should also be relatively low in alcohol to keep you from getting too tipsy to walk in the sand," author Clare Goggin Sivits  writes. To read the full story and see the list, click here. 



-- A company that organized a major beer festival in Maine has vowed not to come back to the state because of odd laws there, including one that forced him to donate money to charity. "Now we are all for charitable stuff," Dan Shelton, owner of importer Shelton Bros., told the Morning Sentinel newspaper. "We give money when we can to lots of different causes. If we have any extra money, we're happy to give it out and we have done so, but to be told that you have to, especially when we were losing money, it doesn't seem right." To read the full story, click here. 



 -- A-- The Toronto Star reports on the beer tastes of Canadians. "They’re reaching for hoppy brews, fruity-infused shandies, sour beers and even some collaborative beers made by brewers from different companies working together," author Josh Rubin writes. To read the full story, click here.



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