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The Friday Mash (Old School Edition)

On this day in 1364, Jagiellonian University was established in Krakow, Poland; and on this day in 1551, the National University of San Marcos, the oldest in the Americas, was established in Lima, Peru.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Rochester, New York, where Genesee Brewing Company, which is undergoing a $49 million expansion, plans to transport 12 fermentation tanks via the Erie Canal. The tanks are too big to transport by highway or by rail.

It’s baseball season, and would like to introduce you to seven beers brewed especially for minor-league teams. Enjoy them with your peanuts and Cracker Jack.

Think you can’t sing? Organizers of the Twin Cities Beer Choir want to convince you otherwise. You buy the beer, and the Choir provide you with sheet music and plenty of friends.

An Indiana gas station owner found a clever loophole to the state’s ban on selling cold beer at convenience stores. He instal

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Federal excise tax on a gallon of beer: 57 cents, or about 5 cents per 12-ounce bottle.
  • Wisconsin excise tax on a gallon of beer: 2 cents (lowest in the nation).
  • Tennessee excise tax on a gallon of beer: $1.29 (highest in the nation).
  • Value of UK beer exports in 2016: $712 million.
  • Increase over 2015: $102 million.
  • Natural Light’s average rating on (1-to-5 scale): 1.86 (worst of all beers).
  • Budweiser Select 55’s average rating on 1.87 (second-worst).
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev’s per-share earnings in fiscal 2016: 72 cents.
  • Decline from fiscal 2015: 86 percent.
  • Canned beer’s share of the market in 2016: 56.2 percent.
  • Its market share in 2008: 50.3 percent.
  • Number of breweries taking part in this year’s edition of SAVOR in Washington, D.C.: 86.
  • States represented by breweries taking part in SAVOR: 31, plus the District of Columbia.
  • Increase in pilsner sales at supermarkets and convenience stores from 2015 to 2016: 56 percent.
  • Increase in craft pilsner sales at supermarkets and convenience stores from 2015 to 2016: 123 percent.
  • The Friday Mash (Broadway Edition)

    On this day in 1888, Antoinette Perry was born in Denver. She was a co-founder and head of the American Theatre Wing, which operated the Stage Door Canteens during World War II. The Tony Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in theater, are named for her.

    And now….The Mash!

    We begin in Bavaria, where several villages brew beer communally. The unfiltered lager, Zoigl, is served on a rotating schedule at local pubs; and it is also enjoyed communally.

    Good news and bad news for British Columbia beer drinkers. Bars can now offer happy specials, but the province’s new minimum pricing requirement might make happy hour beer more expensive.

    After golfer Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open, she celebrated in style, treating herself and her friends to beer out of the championship trophy—which, by the way, holds 21-1/2 brews.

    Yuengling, August Schell, and Narragansett are “craft beers” thanks to the Brewers Association’s decision to allow adjuncts and to raise the production ceiling to 6 million barrels per year.

    Indiana’s law barring the sale of cold beer at convenience stores was held constitutional by a federal judge, who concluded that the it was rationally related to the state’s liquor-control policy.

    Molson’s Canadian Beer Fridge is back. This time, Canadians will have to demonstrate the ability to sing their country’s national anthem, “O Canada,” in order to get a free cold one.

    Finally, beer blogger Danny Spears chugged a 25-year-old beer brewed to honor the Cincinnati Bengals’ appearance in Super Bowl XXIII. Spears’s verdict: “The beer was much worse than expected. Actually, it was terrible.”

    Beer…by the Numbers

  • Estimated value of craft beer exports: $23.4 million.
  • Average cost of a cheap beer in China: 1.87 yuan (30 U.S. cents).
  • Cost of a Budweiser in China: 6.13 yuan (98 U.S. cents).
  • Mexico’s per capita beer consumption in 1900: less than 1 liter.
  • Its per capita consumption a century later: 51.8 liters.
  • “Citizen Beer Blogs” on the Beer Bloggers’ Conference list: 1,416.
  • Citizen beer blogs outside the U.S.: 459.
  • Beer sales at U.S. convenience stores in 2011: $16.7 billion.
  • Increase over 2010: 1.3 percent.
  • Convenience stores’ share of U.S. beer sales: 17 percent.
  • American craft breweries’ exports in 2011: 110,000 barrels.
  • Increase over 2010: 86 percent.
  • Goose Island Beer Company’s expected production this year: 230,000 barrels.
  • Increase over 2010: 81 percent.
  • States into which Goose Island will expand this year: 9.
  • “May I See Some ID?”

    It’s Saturday, which is occasionally video night here at Ludwig Roars. Tonight, courtesy of Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin, we bring you a gem from the 1970s. It’s a check-ID training film for convenience store operators.

    Those “of a certain age” will remember draft cards, the original VW Beetle, beehive hairdos, long sideburns, and 18 being the legal age for buying beer in many states. For extra entertainment, look for the clever product placement for Falstaff beer.

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