Evan Benn

The Friday Mash (Miami Dolphins Edition)

On this day in 1930, Don Shula was born. Shula coached the Miami Dolphins to two consecutive Super Bowl victories. The first, in Super Bowl VII, completed the first and only undefeated season in the history of the National Football League.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Ostbevern, Germany, where a hotel has created a room with a two-person bed made from a beer barrel. The barrel, which dates back to the 19th century, was used as recently as 1995.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has enlisted surviving members of The Gratetful Dead to help make its American Beauty pale ale. It’s also asking Deadheads to suggest ingredients for the beer.

Last spring’s freakishly warm weather wiped out the cherry crop in the Great Lakes region. Which explains why cherry beer has been so hard to find lately.

Iraq and Afghanistan vet Jake Voelker has launched a beer tour business. Pennsylvania Brewery Tours will run trips to breweries that are “slightly out of reach,” with Voelker providing history and color en route.

Russia begins 2013 with a new law that classifies beer as alcohol rather than food. It also puts an end to beer sales at street kiosks and 24-hour convenience stores.

With the help of the folks at Sierra Nevada, the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux have raised $7 million to restore a Trappist monastery that William Randolph Hearst shipped from Spain in the 1930s.

Finally, journalist Evan Benn sat down with Dan Kopman, the CEO of Schlafly Bottleworks, who talked about expansion, festivals, and Schlafly in cans.

The Friday Mash (HP Edition)

A hundred years ago today, David Packard, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, was born. In 1938 Packard and William Hewlett went into business together. They established their company in a garage, with an initial investment of $538. Today, HP’s market capitalization is more than $33 billion.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Rochester, New York, where the Genesee Brewery will hold a grand opening ceremony tomorrow for its new brewhouse and pub. There will be a free concert, brewery tours, and tastings.

The latest in Stackpole Books’ Breweries series is Massachusetts Breweries, by John Holl and April Darcy. Gary Dzen of Boston.com reviews the book.

British scientists have found that the shape of your beer glass may determine how fast you drink. Subjects with curved glasses took a third less time to finish their beer than those with straight glasses.

Players on Spain’s national soccer team, which won their second straight European championship this summer, were given their weight in beer by the Cruzcampo brewery, a team sponsor.

Obama’s homebrew honey ale recipes got good reviews overall, but Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer has question for the president: why aren’t you using American-grown hops?

Cold War-era scientists prepared a paper titled “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” They concluded that canned beer stood up quite well to a nuclear bomb blast.

Finally, it’s Week 1 of the National Football League season. Evan Benn and Sean Z. Paxton of Esquire magazine suggest a craft beer pairing for all 32 NFL teams. And Ludwig reminds us that the Detroit Lions are still undefeated in regular-season play.

Best Beers of 2012

It’s never too early to compile a “Best Beers” list, especially if you’re Esquire magazine beer writer Evan Benn. His more than 20 picks are divided into categories: The Hoppy Ones, The Best Use of Beer Lemonade, The Funky Beers, The James Bond Lager, The Mellow Beers, Gluten Beer That Doesn’t Suck, and Brewers Without a Home.

One of these beers is an early favorite for best beer name of 2012: Green Flash Palate Wrecker. It’s a “triple IPA” that Benn describes as “a rollercoaster of floral and biscuit-y aromas, followed by a wallop of piney hops.”

April 20 (4:20 Edition)

Today is 4:20, an unofficial holiday celebrating the use of marijuana. Legend has it that 4:20 originated with a group of California high school students in the early 1970s. Why do we mention marijuana on a beer blog? Because Paul is old enough to remember signs in college-town bars that read “Keep Off the Grass…Drink Schlitz.” And he still prefers beer.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Monmouth, Oregon, which was dry from its founding in 1859 until 2002. A local minister warned of disaster if townspeople allowed alcohol to be sold, but little has changed in the past decade.

An infographic making the rounds of the Internet makes the case (no pun intended, really) for craft beer in cans. (Hat tip: Jack Curtin.)

Evan Benn, who writes about beer at, among other places, Esquire magazine, has hit the stores and lined up the best beers of 2012. These are definitely not the same-old, same-old.

The May edition (number 63!) of The Session will be hosted by Pete Brown. This month’s topic is open-ended: “The Beer Moment”. Brown asks, “[W]hat comes to mind? Don’t analyze it–what are the feelings, the emotions?”

Cor blimey! “Exclusive pouring rights” at the London Summer Olympics have been awarded to Heineken, which forked out £10 million ($15.6 million U.S.) for the privilege.

Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim (and the author of Around Brussels in 80 Beers) has an update on the beer scene in the Belgian capital.

Finally, a brewery in Calgary is taking advantage of the Canadian government’s decision to phase out the penny. It’s offering to exchange a growler full of beer for a growler full of the soon-to-be-obsolete one-cent pieces.

The Friday Mash (Veterans Day Edition)

On this day in 1918, the Allied nations and Germany agreed to an armistice that effectively ended World War I. November 11, originally known as Armistice Day, became a legal holiday in the U.S. in 1938. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. A good reason to buy a veteran a beer as a thank-you for serving our country.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Toronto, where Black Creek Historic Brewery’s One Mile Beer was pronounced a success. It was brewed using technology from the mid-19th century when there was no electricity, refrigeration, stainless tanks, or bottling plants.

Have you heard of the other St. Louis brewery with Busch in its name? It’s called the William K. Busch Brewing Company, and its eponymous founder is the great-grandson of Adolphus Busch.

Is that special guy on your Christmas list a beer lover and a bibliophile? Evan Benn can help you. His column in Esquire magazine names the new beer bibles every man should read.

Don’t cry in your beer, Argentina. The tap list at a Peronist restaurant in Buenos Aires–yes, there really is one–includes “Evita”, “17 de Octubre”, “Montoneros” and “Doble K,” the latter honoring the husband and wife who each served as Argentina’s president.

Growlers. Ludwig’s staff, Maryanne and Paul, love them. In fact, they literally wore one out. So they were surprised to learn that Garrett Oliver hates growlers.

Sante! Men’s Health magazine assembled a slideshow of America’s best new canned beers. Fun fact: Indianapolis owns the distinction of having two of its breweries’ products on the list.

Finally, Honda’s upgrade to Asimo, its stair-climbing robot, enables it to recognize faces and voices, and even pour drinks. Since Honda also makes cars, we hope Asimo can recognize people who’ve had too many–and take away their keys.

The Friday Mash (Record Book Edition)

On this day in 1925, Ross and Norris McWherter were born. Their names might not be familiar, but their work certainly is. They’re the authors of The Guinness Book of World Records, which first appeared in irish pubs in 1954. Intended as a promotional giveaway, the book went on to become the world’s largest-selling copyrighted book–and the one most often stolen from public libraries.

And now…The Mash!

We begin with one for the record book in Brooklyn, New York, where the Coney Island Brewing Company claims to be the world’s smallest brewery.

in England, breweries are working on new low-alcohol beers because starting in October, the excise tax will be cut in half for beer with less than 2.8 percent ABV.

Attention sessionistas. Esquire magazine invited Evan Benn to assemble a slideshow of nine top session beers. All but one are brewed in the U.S.A.

Starting today, you can party like it’s 1913 at Hoboken, New Jersey’s Pilsnerhaus, an Austro-Hungarian biergarten.

Beer writer Bryan Yeager has gone all-in for ale. Not only have he and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon, but they’ve opened an inn where guests are greeted with a six-pack of local brew.

We all know that Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, but what’s in the number-two spot? It’s the Bergkirchweih Festival, which takes place in late spring in Erlangen, Germany.

Finally, a fire department in Oregon has a converted beer truck on standby for mass casualty incidents. It’s equipped with a variety of emergency medical equipment but, so far as we know, no beer.

Required Reading for Festival Fans

Don’t let $4-a-gallon gas get you down: it’s time to start planning your summer beer travels. To get you started, Esquire magazine has asked Evan Benn to choose nine of America’s best beer festivals. The Great American Beer Festival is an obvious choice, but some of his other picks might surprise you. And to keep them a surprise, we won’t reveal them. You’ll have to look at the slideshow.

The Friday Mash (Model T Edition)

On this day in 1863, Henry Ford I was born. Among other things, he pioneered the assembly line for building cars. Mr. Ford was a sworn enemy of alcohol, so don’t let him know that Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, which he built during the 1920s, now serve locally-brewed craft beer.

And now…The Mash!

This is the last day to vote in TheFullPint.com’s Best IPA Poll. Currently in the lead: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.

Iowa has upped its ABV limit on beer to 12 percent. Ryan Van Velzer of Draft magazine tells us what’s on tap and what’s in the tank in the Hawkeye State.

Don Russell, a/k/a “Joe Sixpack,” takes note of the latest fresh-beer technology–namely, home draft kegs.

Trying to convert a wine lover to beer? Evan Benn offers style-by-style recommendations.

Sean Norquist, who blogs at The Hop Press, is beer hunting in Hawaii. You can find his first three posts from the Aloha State here, here, and here.

Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie plans to open his own brewery.

Finally, Maureen Ogle, the author of Ambitious Brew interviewed Beer Robot. Her “boxers or briefs” question didn’t compute.

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