One hundred and ninety years ago today, Benjamin W. Edwards rode into Mexican-controlled Texas and declared himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia. Edwards is not to be confused with Rufus T. Firefly.
And now….The Mash!
We begin in Germany, where the Bayern Munich football team treated Ingolstat’s players to sausages and beer. Ingolstat upset Leipzig, enabling Bayern to move into first place in the Bundesliga.
A former NASA biologist has developed a genetically engineered strain of yeast that makes beer glow under a black light. His “fluorescent yeast kit” contains genes from a jellyfish.
MobCraft Beer, a Milwaukee brewery that lets the public vote on new products, was was heavily criticized after “Date Grape” was one of the finalists. The brewery has apologized for the sexual assault reference.
Writer Jay Brooks tells the fascinating story of the Americas’ first Western-style brewery. It opened near Mexico City in 1544, with a team of brewers imported from Flanders.
Country music artist Sunny Sweeney’s song “One More Christmas Beer” celebrates family dysfunction. Sweeney says that the lyrics are inspired by actual events.
Next month, Chicago’s Field Museum will start serving PseudoSue, a pale ale brewed by the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company. The ale celebrates “Sue”, the museum’s beloved T-Rex skeleton.
Finally, Colorado’s craft brewers are engaged in soul-searching. This year, they’ve had to contend with Anheuser-Busch’s takeover of Breckenridge Brewing Company and a legislative battle over selling full-strength beer in grocery stores.
The final numbers are in from Munich’s Oktoberfest. This year’s celebration attracted about 6.4 million visitors who drank a record seven million liters of beer and ate 117 oxen, 59 calves, and thousands of chickens.
Festival-goers kept the lost-and-found department busy. The found items included 1,450 items of clothing, 770 ID cards, 420 wallets, 366 keys, 90 cameras, a hearing aid, and–believe it or not–a leather whip, a live rabbit, and a ship in a bottle.
The list of this year’s attendees did not include the Bayern Munich football team, whose appearance was canceled after an embarrassing loss to Dortmund left them in 12th place in the standings. Ludwig, who roots for the Detroit Lions, can understand fans’ frustration with bad football.