collaboration beer

The Friday Mash (Get Vaccinated! Edition)

Sixty years ago today, Elvis Presley received a polio vaccination on national television. That single event is credited with raising immunization levels in the United States from 0.6% to over 80% in just six months.

And now…The Mash!

We begin on the Formula 1 racing circuit, where in the early 1980s, Gordon Murray’s inventive pit crew rigged up a fuel system using pressurized beer kegs that could pump 30 gallons of fuel into a car in just three seconds.

A North Carolina judge was convicted of bribery after offering a deputy sheriff two cases of Bud Light in exchange for his wife’s text messages. The judge later upped his offer to $100.

Two employee-owned breweries, Harpoon Brewery and Odell Brewing Company, have collaborated to brew a beer called EHOP. It’s an oatmeal pale ale.

Vietnam’s government will sell off two state-owned breweries which have a 60-plus-percent market share. Vietnam, with 93 million people, is one of Asia’s top beer-drinking countries.

This week, Britain’s smallest pub—which has room for just three—is offering free beer, but there’s a catch: you can’t use your mobile phones inside the pub.

Indianapolis-based Central State Brewing has something for Harry Potter fans: a sour ale called “Polyjuice Potion”. Its ingredients include plums, elderberries, and “magical bits and bobbles”.

Finally, Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery is making two beers to be enjoyed with single-malt scotches from Highland Park, a distillery in the Orkney Islands. The beers are Rune, a golden oat ale; and Sköll, a roasty ale.

The Friday Mash (Toledo Strip Edition)

On this day in 1836, delegates from Michigan Territory ceded the Toledo Strip to Ohio, meeting a condition laid down by Congress for becoming a state. Michigan’s consolation prize was the Upper Peninsula, which turned out to contain billions of dollars worth of iron and copper.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where the city fathers have given Chaz Stevens the go-ahead to put up a Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.

Next year, Deschutes Brewery will celebrate 25 years in business with a series of collaborative anniversary beers. The collaborators are breweries that, like Deschutes, opened in 1988.

Hurricane Sandy delayed it, but Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s expansion should be complete by the end of next summer. The expansion will increase capacity to 600,000 barrels per year.

A Colorado lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would let grocery and convenience stores sell craft beer. Currently, these stores are limited to selling 3.2 beer.

Bloomington’s Upland Brewing Company plans to revive Indiana’s all-time most beloved beer, Champagne Velvet, which was brewed in Terre Haute during the first half of the 20th century.

There’s a new board game called Beer and Vikings. To win, a character must drink the most beer from the communal barrel. In case of a tie, whoever killed the most opponents wins.

Finally, it’s that time of the year again. Wynkoop Brewing Company has put out a call for entries for its 17th annual Beerdrinker of the Year Competition. The winner will get free Wynkoop beer for life.

Gang of Five

The collaboration beer craze shows no signs of letting up. Recently, Ken Grossman and his team at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company assembled an all-star team of brewers: Sam Calagione and Flores Delee of Dogfish Head, Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, Adam Avery of Avery Brewing, and Rob Tod and Jason Perkins of Allagash Brewing.

The collaborators’ beer hasn’t been given a name, but the ingredients will include purple carrots and potatoes, red rice, honey, and driftwood from both coasts. Next month, it will available on draft at the collaborating breweries’ pubs and tasting rooms.

We can’t wait to see what the online beer reviewers have to say about this one.

The Friday Mash (Free State Edition)

Today is Maryland Day, the 377th anniversary of the landing of settlers at St. Clement’s Island in the Province of Maryland. It acquired the nickname “The Free State” in 1923 after legislators refused to pass a state law enforcing national prohibition. Ludwig plans to celebrate with a Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, which is brewed in Frederick, Maryland.

And now…The Mash!

One of today’s top brewing trends is collaboration beers, and some of the biggest breweries have joined forces to produce limited-edition, high-end beers.

The roster of collaborators includes Three Floyds Brewing Company and Sun King Brewing Company, whose ale is part of a lobbying effort in Indiana. State law bars breweries making over 20,000 barrels a year from operating a taproom, and Three Floyds is about to go over the limit–unless it’s changed.

Lagunitas Brewing Company, which has maxed out its 100,000 barrel capacity, is about to undergo a big expansion that will up its capacity to about 600,000 barrels. That’s how much number-two craft brewer Sierra Nevada currently makes.

Idaho’s Grand Teton Brewing Company is the latest to brew a beer made entirely from in-state ingredients. Jon Abernathy of The Hop Press names a few other “strictly local” breweries.

What’s the best beer bar in the world? According to Massachusetts-based newspaper reporter Norman Miller, it’s Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, Maine. Its sister establishment in Brunswick has a name that caught Ludwig’s attention: The Lion’s Pride.

Here’s more evidence that craft beer is going mainstream. The associate editor of The Atlantic interviewed Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. Before you read it, can you guess what three people Sam would put in the Beer Hall of Fame?

Finally, some claim that St. Benno, the patron saint of Munich, is also the patron saint of bock beer. Not so fast, says’s Bryce Eddings, who did some research and found no connection between Benno and bock.

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