Here are some interesting beer stories (because I can't write them all):

-- The Columbus Dispatch reports on the growth of craft breweries in smaller Ohio cities. “Today’s craft breweries are like the English pub,” says Collin Castore, co-founder of Seventh Son Brewing Co. and president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “It’s a meeting place, a town center.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Drink Up Columbus reports that Trek Brewing has opened in Newark. "John and Kristen [Ream] hope to make Trek a community gathering space, hosting regular events in support of local non-profits," Bill Babbitt writes. To read the full story, click here.

-- Columbus Business First reports that the new Olentangy Brewing Co. hopes to open this summer in Lewis Center. “We live in the Lewis Center area and love the community,” co-founder Ryan Wilkins says. “Scott [Schweitzer] and I were sitting drinking beers one night and I wondered out loud ‘Why isn’t there a brewery in Lewis Center?’ and Scott said, ‘That’s a really good question.’” To read the full story, click here.

-- The Mahoning Valley Flight Crew samples beers at Noble Creature Cask House in Youngstown. “We believe in Youngstown,” founder and brewer Ira Gerhart says. “We love this town. We encourage positive, open-minded, forward-thinking individuals to come out and share a pint with the people that make this place so weird and wonderful.” To read the full story, click here.

-- Cleveland.com reports on the sold-out Winter Beer Fest, which took place Saturday. "They came, they mingled, and they drank," Marc Bona writes. To read the full story, click here.