Beer…By the Numbers

  • Carlsberg’s revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017: 4 percent.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev’s revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017: 3.7 percent.
  • Anheuser-Busch’s investment in U.S. brewing operations since 2011: $2.5 billion.
  • A-B’s expected U.S. investment in 2017-20: $2.5 billion.
  • This year’s expected U.S. hop acreage: 58,148.
  • Percent increase over last year’s acreage: 17.
  • Percent increase over 2012 acreage: 96.
  • Mexico’s share of worldwide beer production: 5.7 percent.
  • Germany’s share of worldwide beer production: 5.2 percent.
  • Approximate 2016 production of Shipyard Brewing Company (#1 in Maine): 118,000 barrels.
  • Approximate 2016 production of Allagash Brewing Company (#2 in Maine): 92,500 barrels.
  • California’s brewery count: 623 (ranks 1st among U.S. states).
  • Breweries per 100,000 adults in California: 2.2 (ranks 23rd; Vermont, with 10.8 per 100,000 adults, ranks first).
  • Mississippi’s brewery count: 9 (ranks 50th).
  • Breweries per 100,000 adults in Mississippi 0.4 (also ranks 50th).
  • The Friday Mash (Wednesday Edition)

    It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means that Ludwig, our beer-drinking lion, is spending quality time with his pride. His first stop is, of course, the Detroit Lions game at Ford Field. Then, after he and the other lions feast (on zebra and all the trimmings, of course), he’s going to take a long nap. He’ll be back next Friday with the regular edition of…

    The Mash! 

    We begin in Chelsea, Massachusetts, where The Field hosted its annual Pub Debate over whether marijuana should be legalized. The debate was conducted under British parliamentary rules, and both drinking and heckling were encouraged.

    Chris Bosh of the NBA’s Miami Heat hosted a block party for his neighborhood. Bosh, an avid homebrewer, included a growler of his beer with each invitation.

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has launched the Alpha Hops Society. For a $250 annual fee, members will receive a quarterly release of small-batch experimental brews.

    Last month’s mega-merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller has put midsize brands such as Carlsberg and Heineken in a squeeze between a goliath with one-third of the industry’s market share and a growing craft sector.

    The “Flux Capacitor” is back from the future. Treadwell Park, a beer hall in Manhattan has installed the device, which lets bartenders control the carbonation and temperature of each beer.

    Here’s evidence that beer pong can be educational. Alex, from, hosts a two-minute video in which he uses the game to explain the solar photovoltaic effect.

    Finally, beer, then whiskey. Rhonda Kallman, co-founder of the Boston Beer Company and a craft beer legend, has started a new venture, the Boston Harbor Distillery. It makes whiskey out of—you guessed it—Sam Adams beer.

    Beer…By the Numbers

  • Average cost of a small beer at National Football League stadiums: $7.28.
  • Increase over last year’s average cost: 2.1 percent.
  • Cheapest beer in the NFL: $5 (Cincinnati and Cleveland).
  • Cost of a beer at TCF Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota Gophers: $7.25.
  • Fans ejected from Minnesota’s home opener: 2.
  • Production of the nation’s largest brewery in 1879: 180,152 barrels (George Ehret’s Hell Gate Brewery in New York City).
  • That brewery’s market share: 1.5 percent.
  • Breweries that produced more than 100,000 barrels in 1879: 7 (compared to more than 30 in 2011).
  • Hard cider sales this past year: $71.5 million.
  • Increase over the year before: 50 percent.
  • Carlsberg’s share of the Russian beer market: 37.8 percent.
  • Carlsberg-owned breweries in Russia: 10.
  • Projected alcoholic content of 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias: 28-29 percent.
  • Suggested retail price of a bottle of 2012 Utopias: $160.
  • Suggested retail price in 2007: $120.
  • The Friday Mash (Good Thing Edition)

    On this day in 1941, Martha Kostyra was born in Jersey City. She’s better known as businesswoman (worth over $600 million), author, and television personality Martha Stewart. Earlier this year, Stewart arranged a food and beer pairing for The Today Show hosts. Beer in the morning? It’s a good thing.

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Copenhagen, where warehouse workers have gone on strike over Carlsberg’s new company policy that bans on-the-job drinking. Until now, workers were allowed three beers a day.

    Timing is everything. Just ask Greg Altringer, who proposed to his girlfriend on Wrigley Field’s scoreboard. Just one problem: she was making a beer run at the time.

    Justine Sterling of Food and Wine magazine has put together a slideshow of America’s top beer bars. One surprising pick: the Mitten Bar in Ludington, Michigan, which specializes in beer brewed in-state.

    If you’re hitting the road this summer, a new website,, will help you locate brewery tours and tastings en route to your destination.

    Once you get there, you’ll want to know more about the beer you’re drinking. BeerText.Us has the answer. Text 315-679-4711 with the name of the beer, and you’ll soon receive a detailed profile.

    Ontario lawmakers are considering whether to legalize beer sales in convenience stores, but the province’s craft breweries are leery. They’re afraid national-brand brands will crowd micro products off the shelves.

    Finally, David Caruso of Vernon, Connecticut, served as a good example of a bad example. He was caught driving with a beer in his hand–by police officers operating a sobriety checkpoint.

    The Friday Mash (Parkinson’s Law Edition)

    Nineteen years ago today, British civil servant C. Northcote Parkinson passed away. He is best known for Parkinson’s Law, which states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Parkinson’s Law explains why you’re at your desk, reading this blog, and waiting for 5:00 to come so you can grab a beer.

    And now….The Mash!

    We begin in Louisville, where Churchill Downs Racetrack has entered into a multi-year agreement under which Stella Artois will be the official beer of the Kentucky Derby.

    Soldotna, Alaska’s Kenai River Brewing Company is making a Belgian-style trippel whose ingredient list includes 15 pounds of gummi bears, or about about 2,565 bears to the batch.

    Beer tastes on a Champagne budget? Kupros Bistro, a restaurant in downtown Sacramento, charged its customers $45 for a burger and a 12-ounce glass of Pliny the Younger. The burger alone costs $14.

    A court in Lithuania has enjoined a threatened strike by Carlsberg brewery workers, calling beer as vitally essential as medicine. The brewery workers’ union plans to appeal the ruling.

    New Jersey hasn’t been a friendly environment for craft brewers, but a bill before the State Senate would eliminate some the legal hurdles would-be breweries now face.

    Maybe these guys inspired the “Occupy” movement. In 1937, a group of 40 drinkers in Bend, Oregon, protested a 100-percent increase in the price of a beer by staging a sit-in at Anton Grohar’s tavern.

    Finally, German scientists (who else?) conclude that the “beer belly” is a myth. Although people who guzzle lots of beer get bigger waistlines, the rest of their body expands at the same rate.

    The Friday Mash (22-Ounce Bomber Edition)

    Pull up a chair. Pour yourself a beer. A big beer. We’ve got lots to talk about.

    Dr. Fabulous, who blogs at Make Mine Potato, explains how he livens up his tasting notes in an amusing reflection called “Beer Vocabulary.”

    Maxim magazine’s “The Best 25 New Beers in America” met with some biting criticism in the beer blogosphere. Stan Hieronymus rants with style about what’s wrong with Maxim’s list.

    Boak and Bailey, a pair of beer bloggers from England, offer some pub recommendations for Canterbury.

    Here are seven reasons to visit Brewery Ommegang this year. The brewery plans to release a new beer every two months. That makes six. The seventh reason? The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, of course.

    King me! Draft magazine has a list of the Top Ten Beers Named After Royalty.

    Swedish college students staged a tongue-in-cheek protest over the Carlsberg brewery’s failure to build a 60-plus-mile beer pipeline to their student union.

    Finally, the guys at The Lazy Brewer held an exploratory Amtrak pub crawl from California’s Central Valley to Sacramento. Ah, research.

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