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The Friday Mash (Mutiny on the Bounty Edition)

On this day in 1789, crewmen led by Fletcher Christian seized control of the HMS Bounty from its captain, William Bligh; and set Bligh and 18 loyalists adrift. Bligh survived, and then began the process of bringing the mutineers to justice.

And now…The Mash!

We begin at the 2017 Craft Beer Conference, where Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe rolled out the red carpet for breweries. The governor said he personally recruited Stone, Deschutes, Ballast Point, and Green Flash to come to the state.

In Birmingham, England, Anheuser-Busch came under heavy criticism from city officials after the company’s guerrilla marketers were caught handing out free beers to homeless people.

Tony Gwynn, Jr., is working at AleSmith Brewing Company, which released a pale ale to salute his father’s .394 batting average in 1994. The younger Gwynn is concentrating on a session IPA.

Draft magazine correspondent Brian Yeagar visited a couple of the world’s most-remote breweries. One is in Ushuaia, Argentina; and the other is on Easter Island, some 2,300 miles west of South America.

Fair warning: If you use swear words inside a Samuel Smith pubs, the landlord has the power to cut you off—or even ban you—under the brewery’s zero-tolerance policy for cursing in its establishments.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, golfer John Daly showed he hasn’t changed. Daly entertained fans by teeing off with a beer can instead of a golf ball, then finishing off the can’s contents afterward.

Finally, the Brewers Association is cracking down on sexist beer names. Under the BA’s terms of service, brewers of offending beers will no longer be allowed to advertise that those beers have won a medal at the World Beer Cup or the Great American Beer Festival.

Meet the New Head Brewer at Deschutes

Next month, Karl Ockert will become Director of Brewing Operations at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. His hiring is part of Deschutes’ planned expansion, which includes building a second brewery in the East in 2017.

Ockert’s career has come full circle. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, he helped start BridgePort Brewing Co. in Portland in 1984 with Dick and Nancy Ponzi. After leaving BridgePort, he worked at three breweries in the Northwest, was a brewing supervisor for Anheuser-Busch in New Jersey, served as technical director for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, and worked as a consultant for his own firm.

Ockert has quite a story to tell. In a recent interview with the Bend Bulletin he discussed, among other things, his career in brewing, Deschutes’ future, and the state of the craft beer market.

The Top 50 Breweries

This week the Brewers Association released the list of America’s 50 largest craft breweries. Heading the list is the Boston Beer Company, followed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; the New Belgium Brewing Company; The Gambrinus Company (best known for Shiner, but also brews BridgePort and Trumer); and Deschutes Brewery.

The BA points out that of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 39 are small and independent operations. It also notes that craft beer’s market share is over six percent, and that both volume and dollar sales are at an all-time high.

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.

The Friday Mash (Walpurgisnacht Edition)

In parts of northern and central Europe, the night of April 30 is called Walpurgisnacht, a holiday marking the ceremonial end of winter. It’s celebrated with a bonfire–Ludwig hopes it’s a roaring one–and plenty of beverages.

So what are you waiting for? It’s Friday, and The Mash is up!

Denver’s Wynkoop Brewery revived a tradition from Colorado’ early days: horse-powered beer deliveries. Two Fridays a month, the brewpub’s Clydesdales will deliver beer to several local establishments.

Watch out, Minnesotans. Woody is on the loose. It–not he–is a 5,000-pound oaken beer barrel on wheels that also serves as a traveling bar. Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is using Woody to promote its beers in, among other places, the Upper Midwest.

Here’s a consolation prize for those who missed Dark Lord Day. Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin toured the Three Floyds Brewery, and has both a slide show and video to share with you.

Last Friday, the Reinheitsgebot celebrated its 494th anniversary. Betsy Matson’s article in Wired magazine offers some interesting trivia about the famous beer purity law. Did you know that the word Reinheitsgebot didn’t appear in print until 1918? Or that Bavaria insisted on giving the law nation-wide effect as a condition of its joining the Weimar Republic?

And while we’re on the subject of Bavaria, Lufthansa announced that its refurbished Business Lounge at Munich’s airport will have a beer garden with draft beer from the barrel and Bavarian pretzels.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in West Des Moines will host the inaugural Farmhouse Ale Fest. The lineup includes Iowa-brewed saisons, farmhouse ales, and Bieres Blanches.

Finally, is money burning a hole in your pocket? Then order the most expensive beer in the world: a bottle of Deus at the Belgian Cafe Bar in Abu Dhabi’s Inter-Continental Hotel.It’ll set you back 190 bucks. Plus tip, of course.

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