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The Friday Mash (Cubs Win! Edition)

On this date in 1908, the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. Managed by Frank Chance of “Tinker to Evers to Chance” fame, they beat the Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1. Cubs fans are hoping their team can end their 108-year drought in this year’s playoffs.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Detroit, where Ludwig’s beloved Lions will sell $3.50 beers during Sunday’s game against the L.A. Rams. The way the Lions are playing, fans need a few to get them through the game.

D.G. Yuengling & Son is waging a last-ditch fight against the pending merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller. Yuengling argues that A-B is trying to keep it out of new markets.

German scientists have found that beer causes less liver damage than hard liquor. The reason? Hops may inhibit the formation of reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in the liver.

Ken Pagan, the Toronto-area man accused of throwing a beer can at a player during a baseball game, better have his lawyer warming up. A Canadian attorney discusses Pagan’s legal problems.

Two Copenhagen men have taken the idea of freeze-dried coffee and applied it to four of their craft beers. They’ve created instant versions of a coffee beer, a fruity IPA, a wild-yeast IPA, and a pilsner.

After a church in Canyon, Texas, ran an anti-alcohol ad in the local paper, an establishment called the Imperial Taproom offered a discount to customers who brought in a copy of the ad.

Finally, Fat Head’s Brewery had a very short reign as “Mid-Sized Brewing Company of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival. Officials revoked the award after concluding that Fat Head’s, which has three locations, had been misclassified.

The Friday Mash (World Tourism Day Edition)

Today is World Tourism Day, which was created by the United Nations in 1970. This year’s theme is “Tourism and Water.” If you can’t make it to Munich, where some kind of a beer festival is going on, Ludwig recommends that you take a trip to your local brewery and order a beer–which, of course, is more than 90 percent water.

And now…the Mash!

We begin in Bloomington, Illinois, the home of Beer Nuts. The first batch of the snacks–made with just four ingredients–was created 60 years ago by Jim Shirk, whose family still owns the company.

In Texas, a homebrewer recently got a nasty surprise: brewer’s yeast in his intestines caused him to spontaneously brew beer and get him drunk without warning.

A Reddit user who goes by “psychguy” explained why experienced drinkers prefer strong beer: it’s a combination of “taste fatigue” and peer pressure.

Was Jesus a beer drinker? Did He really turn water into beer at Cana? Stasia Bliss of the Las Vegas Guardian-Review cites historical and biblical evidence which points in that direction.

Savvy beer shoppers are finding bargains at their local Wal-Mart. found a Los Angeles-area store that sold Coors and Tecate at just pennies over cost.

If M.C. Escher were a glassblower, he might have come up with this: a glass designed to hold two different beers at the same time. The Dual Beer Glass holds two 1/3-pint portions of beer.

Professor Hong Luo at the Unviersity of Buffalo says the key to a good pour is avoiding that “glugging” sound produced by a low-pressure area formed when beer is poured too fast.

Finally, Scientific American magazine has awarded the IgNobel Prize in Psychology to the scientists who studied “self-beer goggles”: people who’ve had a few are more likely to consider themselves attractive.

Beers That Induce Flashbacks Bring Back Memories

When Maryanne and Paul were students, they suffered from a common affliction known as lack of money. Even if the beer selection were better (we’re talking about the 1970s), their budget would have forced them to drink low-end brew.

Cheap beer is still around, people still drink it, but beer writers usually avoid mentioning them. Not always, though. Rick Armon and a fellow journalist sucked it up and reviewed Greater Cleveland’s budget beers. In all, they tasted 32 beers, including usual suspects such as Busch, Schlitz, and Stroh; some local brands; and even a few that drinkers hide inside a paper bag.

Armon wisely set a very low bar–was the beer inoffensive?–and came to the following conclusion:

The bottom line is that most of these American-made, mass-produced brands are nonoffensive. And that’s not a ringing endorsement. Well, I guess, to a certain degree, it is. Most taste like carbonated water. They lack aroma. They lack flavor. They lack any kind of aftertaste–good or bad. And they are all various shades of urine yellow.

Moral of the story: You get what you pay for.

Cheap Beer for Starving Students

Maryanne and Paul went to college in the early 1970s, long before “MTV,” “iPod,” or “text message”–or, for that matter, “craft beer”–entered the English language. But they did have two things in common with millions of today’s students: they loved beer, and they were on a tight budget.

They were reminded of their starving student days by’s 10 cheap beers for college students. Many of their el cheapo standbys–such as Grain Belt, Hamm’s, Old Milwaukee, Meister Brau, and the infamous Drewry’s–didn’t make the cut. Probably for good reason.

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