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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