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The Friday Mash (United Artists Edition)

On this day in 1919, five individuals formed United Artists. They included four Hollywood notables—Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith—along with attorney/statesman William Gibbs McAdoo, who later represented California in the U.S. Senate.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of St. Benedict. The town’s ancient monastery is selling its beer to American consumer, who can also download the monks’ Gregorian chants to accompany the beer.

Attendees at this year’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival, held at Ommegang Brewing, will be able to immerse themselves in Bill Murray’s best-known movies and characters.

The historic Grain Belt Beer sign in Minneapolis is getting a new lease on life. August Schell Brewing Company, which owns the Grain Belt brand, has bought the sign and hopes to re-light it next year.

Meet the “Nitrogenator”. It’s the carbon dioxide-dispensing “widget” that Boston Beer Company uses for its new nitro-conditioned beer series. The Nitrogenator is manufactured by Ball Corporation.

One of Budweiser’s ads for Super Bowl 50 features Dame Helen Mirren who, before eating a hamburger and fries washed down by a Bud, gives would-be drunk drivers a proper British scolding.

The wave of craft brewery takeovers has prompted a movement to scrap the phrase “craft beer” and use a new term, “indie beer”, to describe small breweries that are truly independent.

Finally, Thrillist’s Ezra Johnson-Greenough shows how to spot a fake “beer bar”. Warning signs include serving all imports in small glasses, carrying an all-nanobrewery selection, and serving all wheat beers with a slice of lemon.

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Nitrogen’s share of the pressurizing gas in a typical “nitro” beer: 70 percent.
  • Carbon dioxide’s share: 30 percent.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev’s share of the U.S. beer market: 47.6 percent.
  • Its share of Canada’s beer market: 40.6 percent.
  • Estimated annual growth in IPA production: 36 percent in 2012.
  • Consecutive years that IPA has been the most-entered category at the Great American Beer Festival: 13.
  • India pale ales entered at this year’s Great American Beer Festival: 252.
  • Breweries competing in this year’s Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers in Chicago: 86.
  • Beers entered in the competition: 214.
  • Breweries competing in this year’s International Beer Competition in Tokyo: 450.
  • Countries represented in that competition: 14.
  • Boston Lager’s share of Samuel Adams sales in 1998: 60 percent.
  • Boston Lager’s share in 2011: 24 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of Snake Venom, the strongest-ever beer: 67.5 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of Armageddon, the previous record holder: 65 percent.
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