The Friday Mash (Georgia Bulldogs Edition)

On this day in 1785, the University of Georgia opened its doors. UGA is the first state-chartered university in the United States, and is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Massachusetts, where the state’s top liquor regulator is “ready to put everything on the table” in an effort to modernize the liquor code. That includes lifting Draconian limits on the number of licenses a community can issue.

Craft beer—sort of—is on the shelves at Wal-Mart. Its brand name is Trouble, it’s apparently contract-brewed by Genesee Brewing, and it got panned by a panel of Washington Post staffers.

Jake Tuck of Eater magazine explains “beer poptimism”: a growing appreciation of beers that are “unassailably popular, widely accessible, and highly quaffable”. Yes, that means macro brews.

In Bishkek, the capital of Krygystan, two women have opened a craft brewery called Save the Ales. Much of the beer sold in that country consists of bland imports and watery local products.

A startup called Colorado Craft Distributors aims to serve “small but special” breweries looking to get their beer into liquor stores, bars, and restaurants along the state’s Front Range.

Brooklyn Brewery has made a beer using Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, the lager yeast isolated in 1883 by Emil Christian Hansen, a researcher at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen.

Finally, actor Matt Damon, the co-founder of, has joined forces with the brewer of Stella Artois beer to bring clean water to people in developing countries. Every pint of Stella sold in Britain guarantees someone a month’s supply of water.

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 (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 (Winchester Cathedral Edition)

On this day in 1093, England’s Winchester Cathedral was dedicated. Today, the cathedral is best known as Jane Austen’s burial place. You might also remember it from the New Vaudeville Band’s 1966 song “Winchester Cathedral.” If so, you need to pour yourself a beer. A big one. Immediately.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in New Zealand, where anti-alcohol groups are up in arms over a local brewery’s new “breakfast beer”. Imagine their reaction to Founders Breakfast Stout, which not only checks in at 8.3% ABV but also has a baby on the bottle label.

At long last, New York City’s Eataly is about to open. Kelly Snowden of Food and Wine magazine gives us a preview of Eataly’s beer garden.

A New York-based private equity firm that acquired Iron City Beer plans to revive the flagging brand in its hometown of Pittsburgh. The firm also plans to revive Olde Frothingslosh and J.J. Wainwright’s.

Thirsty Swagman, an Australian tour operator, is offering beer travel in space. Space on the sub-orbital flight with a maximum altitude of about 60 miles is going for $95,000 U.S. (beer included). Travelers shouldn’t worry about the calories because the trip will include five minutes of weightlessness.

Carlsberg moved its brewing operations out of downtown Copenhagen, but there’s a microbrewery at the old brewery site. Adrian Tierney-Jones tasted its beers at a dinner held in an art museum made possible by Carlsberg’s founding family.

It’s the end of the line for Anheuser-Busch’s 13.5-mile-long “beer railroad,” which it had operated since 1887. The railroad racked up a $700,000 loss last year, and is even deeper in the red this year.

Finally, if you’re a homebrewer with money to burn, the $1,900 Synergy Home Beer Brewing System is on the market. It’ll let you mash your own hops and barley, sparge the wort and then let it ferment. And the high mash tun will let you siphon the wort by gravity. But you’ll still have to drink the beer yourself.

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