Boulevard Brewing Company

The Friday Mash (Income Tax Edition)

On this day in 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment, which authorized a federal income tax, was ratified by the states. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you’ll have an extra three days to file your federal return this year.

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We begin on the Moon, where beer might be brewed someday. Wort and beer yeast will be placed aboard a lunar lander to find out whether the yeasts stay viable under lunar conditions.

The latest must-have accessory is the Drink Tanks growler. It looks like a piece of industrial camping equipment, and can keep up to two gallons of beer fresh for 24 hours.

Now that on-demand streaming has replaced records, classic rock bands—along with a few newcomers—are turning to branded beer as a way of monetizing their intellectual property.

Boulevard Brewing Company has added American Kolsch to its core lineup, which also includes Unfiltered Wheat, Pale Ale, and KC Pils. It debuted this week at Kansas City-area establishments.

Scientists are exploring sensation transference, the phenomenon that explains why listening to a pleasant soundtrack causes you to perceive the beer you’re drinking as sweeter.

Richmond, Virginia-based Veil Brewing Company has released Hornswoggler with Oreos, a chocolate milk stout conditioned with hundreds of pounds of the famous cookies.

Finally, Guinness really might be good for you. Researchers have linked iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss, and Guinness is rich in iron. In addition, Guinness supposedly contains antioxidants and suppresses the accumulation of “bad” cholesterol.

The Friday Mash (GW Bridge Edition)

On this day in 1931, the George Washington Bridge opened to traffic. This double-decker span over the Hudson River connects Manhattan with Fort Lee, New Jersey–a town now famous thanks to “Bridgegate.”

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We begin in Kansas City, where Boulevard Brewing Company will kick off its 25th anniversary celebration with the release of a special ale brewed in collaboration with Odell Brewing Company.

Chef David Chang made enemies thanks to a GQ magazine article declaring his hatred of “fancy beer”. Chang contends that craft beer has too intense a flavor to pair with his food.

Two hundred years ago, in London, eight women and children were killed by a flood of beer caused by an explosion at the Henry Meux & Company brewery. The disaster was ruled an “act of God.”

Why not turn your Halloween jack-o-lantern into a beer keg? All you need is a carving knife, a pumpkin carving kit, a Sharpie, a spigot, and beer—which need not be pumpkin beer.

William Bostwick, the Wall Street Journal’s beer critic, has written a book titled The Brewer’s Tale. In her review, Amy Stewart calls Bostwick “the very best sort of literary drinking buddy.”

In Papua New Guinea, which suffers 1.8 million cases of malaria every year, a brewery packs its beer in a box that contains eucalyptus, a natural mosquito repellent.

Finally, should the Great American Beer Festival give medals for best beer puns?’s Atalie Rhodes found these doozies on the list of medal winners. Our favorite is “Dubbel Entendre.”

Top Craft Breweries of 2013

The Brewers Association has released its annual list of the top 50 craft breweries. Boston Beer Company once again holds down the top spot, followed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing Company.

Newcomers to the top ten include Duvel/Moortgat USA, the Belgian company that acquired Boulevard Brewing Company; and Brooklyn Brewing Company. They replace F.X. Matt Brewing Company and Harpoon Brewery, which rank 11th and 12th on the list.

Duvel to Acquire Boulevard Brewing

The recent news that Duvel Moortgat, a Belgian brewery, will acquire majority ownership of Boulevard Brewing Company has rattled the craft beer community. Brad Tuttle of Time magazine suggests there’s a double standard at work here. In most industries, when an entrepreneur builds a business over many years, then sells it for tens of millions, it’s cause for celebration. However, when a craft brewer like Boulevard’s John McDonald cashes out, for an estimated $100 million no less, he’s made the proverbial deal with the devil.

Tuttle notes that McDonald will continue to be involved with the brewery, and that no recipes will be changed under the new ownership. His article also points out that Boulevard is more the exception than the rule. It quotes author Tom Acitelli, who asserts that owning a craft brewery “is not now and never has been a traditional path to wealth creation,” and goes on to warn that it’s much easier to start a brewery than to keep one going.

The Friday Mash (Molly Pitcher Edition)

On this day in 1778, Mary Hays McCauley, the wife of an American artilleryman, carried water to soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth. According to legend, she took her husband’s place at his gun after he was overcome by the heat. She became known as “Molly Pitcher.” Ludwig thinks that–you guessed it–a pitcher of beer would be an appropriate way to toast her.

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We begin in Tumwater, Washington, where beer might be brewed again at the Olympia brewery. MillerCoors, which shut the plant down ten years ago, has agreed to lift a restrictive covenant barring beer production at the historic plant.

Boulevard Brewing Company will rely on the wisdom of crowds to test new beers. It will invite consumers to go online and offer their opinion about previously-unreleased beers.

The church of beer? Fred Lee of Columbus, Ohio, thought of starting his own religion to get a tax exemption for his brewery. He later decided not to, but his brewery’s slogan is “Believe in Beer.”

Add Narragansett to the list of retro beers making a comeback. Believe it or not, ‘Gansett had a 65-percent market share in New England in the late 1960s before sales went into a tailspin.

Heineken is–pun intended–rolling out an “interactive beer bottle”. “Heineken Ignite” has a green plastic base and an LED that flashes along with music when you take a sip.

If you missed SAVOR, blogger John Karalis has this to say: “The food was prepared and presented with a five-star flair, but the beers stripped away whatever elite overtones may have existed.”

Finally, Jeff Alworth, who blogs at Beervana, puts in a good word for cider. The beverage has become so popular in his home state that there’s now an Oregon Cider Week, which ends this weekend.

Boulevard Brewing Goes Major League

Craft breweries, an American institution, have waged a lengthy battle to become part of an even older American institution: our national pastime. Tomorrow evening’s All-Star Game in Kansas City will show the nation just how far these breweries have come.

Before the season began, Boulevard Brewing Company signed a deal with the Kansas City Royals under which it became one of the team’s three beer sponsors. The brewery also operates three branded concession stands at Kauffman Stadium, and has a large Boulevard sign behind the left-field fence. The sponsorship deal has also meant many more tap handles at the ballpark, along with added publicity for Boulevard’s beers.

The Friday Mash (KC Edition)

On this day in 1850, what is now known as Kansas City, Missouri, was established. It’s the home of the American Jazz Museum, the National World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City-style barbecue, and the Royals and Chiefs.

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We begin not in Kansas City, but in Philadelphia City where this evening, Philly Beer Week gets off to a rousing start with The Opening Tap, which will take place at the Independence Visitor Center. We’re sure the Founding Fathers would approve. Philadelphia beer writer Bryan Kolesar has more details about Beer Week itself.

Ninety miles to the north, in Manhattan, another opening takes place today: the Eataly rooftop brewery restaurant Birreria. was given a preview tour, and tells visitors what to expect.

Continuing our journey into the Bronx, two new breweries are operating. They are the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company. No word on whether either plans to sell its beer in–here it comes!–22-ounce Bronx Bombers.

Now to your backyard. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that mosquitoes are attracted to beer. However, the mosquitoes weren’t to state a brand preference.

Beer, of course, is the main attraction of Plzen in the Czech Republic. But as Evan Rail explains in the New York Times travel section, the city has attractions that non-drinkers will love.

Our next stop is the home of sour beer. Not, not Belgium, but Germany, the home of two classic styles: Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse.

Our travels conclude in–you guessed it–Kansas City, which is also the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewery. The beer pairs well with outdoor barbecue. So long as you watch out for mosquitoes.

The Friday Mash (Halley’s Comet Edition)

On this day in 1656, English astronomer Edmond Halley was born. He’s best known for computing the orbit of the comet that bears his name and–okay, this is a stretch–inspiring the 1955 song “Rock Around the Clock,” which brought rock and roll into the cultural mainstream. Reason enough to have a beer, no?

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We begin with the Brewers Association, which rolled out its beer styles for 2011. Two styles have been given new names–say hello to American-Style Brett Ale and American-Style India Black Ale–and several others have new guidelines.

Brooklyn, New York-based Six Point Craft Ales will brew a beer with local wild yeasts wafting around New York Harbor. Some of that beer, which is part of “Mad Scientist” series, will be aged in oak-charred barrels.

Meet Payton Kelly. He’s a “founding father” of Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company and, for more 20 years, he’s designed the brewery’s beer labels.

Van Havig, the brewer at Rock Bottom’s Portland (Oregon) location, has been let go after a 16-year stint at that location. Havig suspects that he was shown the door after criticizing Rock Bottom’s new management for moving to standardize the chain’s beer selections.

Even though it was settled by the Vikings, Iceland is not a world leader in beer culture. That, however, might be changing: craft beer is making an appearance in that country.

Sunday’s New York Times magazine had a long–and very interesting–profile of brewer-turned-governor John Hickenlooper.

Finally, craft beer is about to come to Antarctica. New Zealand’s Moa Brewery is sending three varieties of its beer to New Zealand’s Scott Base.

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