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The Friday Mash (Valley of Death Edition)

On this day in 1854, during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, a command blunder sent a British light cavalry force on a frontal assault into a Russian artillery battery. The attack, which resulted in heavy casualties for the British, was immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Fort Worth, Texas, where the Shake n’ Bake Bacon Brew will make its debut next weekend at the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race. It’s a bacon-infused beer milkshake.

Miami resident Francisco Rene Marty has filed a class-action lawsuit against AB InBev. Marty alleges that AB deceives customers by representing that Beck’s beer is still brewed in Germany.

The Beer Game is an orientation tradition at MIT’s Sloan School of Business. Players aren’t served beer, but the game teaches them about the non-linear complexities of supply chains.

SteadyServ Technologies has attracted $6.5 million in capital to develop the iKeg, a device that monitors how much beer is left in a keg and warns when it’s is about to run dry.

For the past three years, Arizona resident Evo Terra has celebrated Oktoberfest by going on a beer and sausages diet. Terra loses 14 pounds, and his cholesterol level drops by one-third.

Wynkoop Brewery’s brewers Bess Dougherty and Andy Brown explain how blue gummi bears became an ingredient and what a Rolling Stones song has to do with an English brown ale.

Finally, brewers in Antwerp have revived a beer style that disappeared during World War I. It’s Seef beer (pronounced like “safe”), “a white beer that foamed like Champagne, and went to the head like port.”

The Friday Mash (Smokey the Bear Edition)

On this day in 1944, Smokey the Bear made his debut. He has appeared on radio programs, in comic strips, and in cartoons. The federal government, which owns the rights to Smokey, has collected millions in royalties and used them to educate people about forest fire prevention.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, where booze is a no-no and the young and fashionable are gravitating to alcohol-free beer.

If you missed the Beer Bloggers Conference, New Orleans writer Nora McGunnigle has a full report. She was impressed by the welcome given by local brewers Sam Adams and Harpoon.

The Princeton Review has released its list of top party schools, and the University of Iowa is ranked first, followed by UC Santa Barbara, Illinois, West Virginia, and Syracuse.

The summer has been cold and wet in much of the country, but weather doesn’t fully explain light beer’s drop in popularity. A growing number of drinkers are getting tired of its taste.

Fort Collins, Colorado’s “other” major craft brewery is the Odell Brewing Company. Although it’s the nation’s 33rd-largest, and about to get much bigger, it remains a low-key operation.

The U.S. Postal Service hopes to get badly-needed revenue by shipping beer and other alcoholic beverages. First, Congress has to repeal a 1909 law making it illegal to send booze by mail.

Finally, Martyn Cornell, The Zythophile, serves up five facts about India pale ale you might not have known. Fact number one: a century and a half ago, people drank their IPA ice-cold.

The Friday Mash (Gone With the Wind Edition)

On this day in 1936, Gone with the Wind was published. Author Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the book. Three years later, it was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Ludwig recommends that you celebrate with an Atlanta-brewed micro–420 Extra Pale Ale, for instance.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in South Africa, where campers at the OppiKoppi music festival will be able to order drone-delivered beer. The drones are currently hand-guided, but will eventually fly on a GPS grid.

Here’s yet another reason to visit southwest Florida: craft brewing. Two breweries and a brewpub recently opened, and two more breweries are planning to open.

Why do so many bars serve peanuts? Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t because the nuts make you thirstier. Rather, the salt in peanuts helps counter the bitterness in beer, making it easier to swallow.

Ashley Rouston, The Beer Wench, is once again accepting nominations for the 2013 Most Eligible Bachelors of Beer. Nominees must work in the craft-brewing industry and must not be married or engaged.

Higher zymurgical education is coming to Colorado State University. The will build a microbrewery, and will also offer a major in fermentation science and technology.

The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain is teaming up with Redhook Ale Brewery to brew its own beer. And yes, it will pair will with BW3’s wings.

Finally, beer yeast can be engineered to produce artemisinic acid, the most effective anti-malaria treatment in existence. Until now, that ingredient was both expensive and hard to find.

Choose the Right Glass

It’s Saturday, and we know you’re going to have some beer today. Here’s a gentle reminder from the Brewers Association about how your choice of glassware can make that beer even more satisfying:

Choose the Right Glass from Brewers Association on Vimeo.

The Friday Mash (Pop Art Edition)

Today is the 75th birthday of Peter Max, the pop artist who’s famous for his use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes. Max has been the official artist for the World Cup, the Grammy Awards, and the Super Bowl…but, so far as we know, no beer festivals.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Frederick, Maryland, where the Monocacy Brewing Company has released its first Civil War commemorative beer, an English session bitter called Antietam Ale.

Kendall Jones of the Washington Beer Blog describes a weekend beer getaway in Victoria, British Columbia. Final stop on the tour: Garrick’s Head Pub, which has been serving beer since 1867.

Congratulations to Brown Distributing Company, of West Palm Beach, Florida, which was honored as the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year by the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

According to the Beer Institute, New Hampshire ranks first in per-capita beer consumption. Rounding out the top five: North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, and Nevada.

From the Department of Higher Zymurgical Education: Arizona State University offers a course called The Cultural and Chemical History of Beer. The course has been rated “challenging.”

A British microbrewery has developed a freeze-resistant beer for researchers working in in Antarctic cold. The beer, an India pale ale, is packaged in plastic, vacuum-sealed bottles for the journey to the Pole.

Finally, Scott, who blogs at The Brew Club, serves up 12 Things You Don’t Know About Your Beer. For instance, there are more calories in a pint of Budweiser than in a pint of Guinness.

The Friday Mash (Pliny the Elder Edition)

On this day in 79 B.C., Mount Vesuvius erupted, wiping out the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing more than 15,000 people. Its most famous victim was Pliny the Elder, the naturalist whose writings about hops earned him recognition from the Russian River Brewing Company. The brewery’s renowned double IPA bears his name.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Morgantown, the home of West Virginia University, which has reclaimed the number-one spot in the Princeton Review’s ranking of top party schools. WVU also ranks first in the “Lots of Beer” category.

You can’t win ‘em all. Olympic athlete Nick Symmonds came up six seconds short of the world record for running the Beer Mile, in which contestants chug a beer before the race and at each quarter mile.

Australian scientists have found that feeding brewer’s grain to cows can reduce their methane emissions by at least 15 percent. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and cows burp up a lot of it.

With this beer I thee wed? Many couples are substituting craft beer for Champagne toasts at their wedding receptions. Their beer selections often honor the states the bride and groom come from.

Visitors to Fort Collins, Colorado, can now spend the day beer touring on a bicycle. There are six breweries located along three miles of trails, along with a “bike library” that will rent you one.

Boxed wine has been on store shelves for years, but will drinkers buy beer in square bottles? Heineken is experimenting with them.

Finally, a 1940 ad for Schaefer Bock Beer, which looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, inspired the Village Voice’s Eric Sundermann to write a beery version of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Appalachian State: Not Just a Football School

Being an alum of the University of Michigan, Paul couldn’t resist the headline. (He also can’t get over the Wolverines losing their 2007 home opener to Appalachian State. It was one of the biggest upsets in the history of college football.)

Appalachian State, located in Boone, North Carolina, had the foresight to establish a fermentation science program and build the Ivory Tower Brewery. Since then, two craft breweries from the West–Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing Company–have announced plans to build a second brewery in western North Carolina. The new plants will give ASU graduates more opportunities to work in the brewing industry and stay close to home. A proverbial win-win-win.

Not apropos of anything: the ASU Mountaineers will get a rematch with Michigan in Ann Arbor on August 30, 2014.

The Friday Mash (Scotland the Brave Edition)

Today is Tartan Day, which marks the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath, confirming Scotland’s independence, was signed in 1320. Tartan Day celebrations include Scottish-themed events such as pipe band parades, Highland dancing, and perhaps a wee dram of Scottish ale.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Bend, Oregon, which has 81,000 people, nine breweries, and the Brew Cycle which takes folks to the town’s “hop spots.” Or, if you prefer, you can take a walking tour.

The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Crystal Luxmore has noticed a trend: couples are making craft beer part of their nuptials. The brew is not only a break from hifalutin traditions, but it pairs with a wider range of dishes.

Beer geekery meets science geekery on the Periodic Table of Beer Styles. Where on the table is your favorite style?

Texas A&M University’s long list of traditions includes “ring dunking.” The official way to christen an A&M senior ring is to dunk it in a 60 ounce mug of beer, then chug all of its contents. Except the ring, of course.

James Bond, who added “shaken, not stirred” to the Movie Quotes Hall of Fame, is switching to Heineken beer. Daniel Craig, who plays 007 in the latest film in the series, will star in a Heineken ad to appear this fall.

Has Italy made it into craft brewing’s big leagues? Alla Spina, a new restaurant in Philadelphia, thinks so, adding hard-to-find Italian craft beers to its rustic Italian-style bar menu.

Finally, Japan’s Kirin Brewery has invented Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft. It’s frozen beer foam (23 degrees Fahrenheit) which acts as a lid for your beer and will keep it cold for half an hour.

The Friday Mash (KFC Edition)

On this day in 1890, Harland Sanders was born. At the age of 40, Sanders started cooking chicken dishes for travelers who stopped at his gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. His secret recipe became Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel was bestowed on him by the state. Oh, and KFC pairs well with beer, especially at tailgate parties.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Provo, Utah, the home of Brigham Young University. It’s the last place you’d expect to buy a beer on Sunday, but city fathers are considering them.

San Diego has become a major beer destination. The city’s mayor, Jerry Sanders, thinks it’s your civic duty to support your local breweries.

What beers were poured at the first Great American Beer Festival in 1982? Some of the names might surprise you–or, if you’re of a certain age, might bring back memories.

In case you missed it, Nancy Keates of the Wall Street Journal profiled Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend Brewing Company.

“Join me in a pint?” You can do that–sort of–at Del Mar Race Track, which sports a gigantic glass of Newcastle Brown Ale that creates the illusion a person is swimming in it.

Beer education–the classroom variety–has come to dozens of American colleges. Don Russell, a/k/a Joe Sixpack, says the courses are so popular that custom-written term papers are available online.

Finally, beer is an ingredient in many restaurant meals. Food writer Mark Bittman of the New York Times paid a visit to Garrett Oliver to learn more.

The Friday Mash (Boomer Sooner Edition)

At high noon on this day in 1889, the Oklahoma Land Run began, with thousands of would-be settlers racing to stake their claim to America’s best remaining unoccupied public land. Those who campaigned to open the land were referred to as “boomers,” while those who entered Oklahoma ahead of the official opening were called “sooners.” Both names came together in the title of the University of Oklahoma fight song.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where Niagara College has launched a program in brewmaster and brewery operations. Slackers beware: the curriculum includes chemistry, microbiology, and the mathematics of finance.

Yes, there’s an app for that. If you have an iPhone, you can download an app that locates places where Abita beer is sold. The beer is available in 46 states.

Your beer could stay fresh longer, thanks to scientists who’ve identified the chemicals that make stale beer taste bitter. They recommend adjusting the beer’s acidity when it’s produced, and always keeping it cool.

John Lee of the British newspaper The Independent toured the breweries of Portland. Not all 40, but enough of them to find out that not all Americans drink Bud, Miller, and Coors.

Claustrophobic drinkers will want to avoid the world’s smallest bars. One of them is The Rake, located inside London’s Borough Market. The publican there is Glyn Roberts, who also blogs at Rabid About Beer.

The Table Tender, a computerized beer dispensing system, allows customers to pour their own beer–up to a pre-determined limit, which does away with the need for a real person to cut off someone who’s had too much. We assume that a real person still has to check ID.

Finally, we have a winner! This year’s champion in the Washington Post’s Beer Madness competition is Exit 4 American Trippel from Flying Fish Brewing Company.

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