Founders Breakfast Stout

The Friday Mash (Baseball Hall of Fame Edition)

On this day in 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York. Currently, 310 people are enshrined in the Hall. They will be joined this summer by Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, and John Smoltz.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Bavaria, where President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rankled traditionalists by drinking non-alcoholic weissbier during the G-7 conference of world leaders.

Collaborative brewing has taken off in the past few years. One notable collaboration is the one between San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company and Belgium’s St. Feuillien.

Snoop Dogg has filed a breach of contract suit against Pabst Brewing Company. He contends that the brewery’s sale of Colt .45 triggered a clause entitling him to part of the purchase price.

You’ll have to wait to buy a bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout in New Hampshire. Citing the state’s underage-drinking problem, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed legislation that would allow children to be depicted on beer labels.

Tech Times has assembled a list of 13 beer apps for Android and IoS that are generally rated at the top of their category:

Hard cider sales have skyrocketed in Central Europe, the home of the world’s heartiest beer drinkers. Global brands like Heineken and SABMiller are trying to cash in on the trend.

Finally, Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune hosted a panel of beer experts headlined by Randy Mosher at the famed Map Room to discuss the state of craft brewing. There are more than 60 breweries in Chicagoland.

The Friday Mash (Liechtenstein Edition)

On this day in 1719, the Principality of Liechtenstein was created within the Holy Roman Empire. A couple of fun facts about this tiny country: it is the world’s leading producer of false teeth; and its capital, Vaduz, is one of only two in the world that ends with the letter “z”.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Pennsylvania, whose incoming governor turned down an offer of free Yuengling for his inauguration. A state senator says the governor snubbed the brewery because of its CEO’s political views.

MillerCoors plans to offer a gluten-free beer. The beer, Coors Peak Copper Lager, will be brewed with brown rice and protein from peas instead of barley.

A New Hampshire lawmaker wants to repeal a Liquor Commission rule banning pictures of children from beer labels. Founders Breakfast Stout’s label features a baby eating cereal.

The Pair O’ Dice Brewing Company in Clearwater, Florida, wanted a really distinctive tap for its Fowler’s Bluff IPA, so it hired Tangible Labs, a 3-D printing company, to fashion one.

A new South Carolina law that allows breweries to sell pints has given the state’s economy a $13.7 million boost. Twelve breweries have opened in the state since the law took effect.

Grease from that slice of pizza you just ate can kill the foam on your beer. It lowers the surface tension on the foam, which tears apart the structure of the bubbles and releases their gases.

Finally, an outcry from angry beer fans forced Lagunitas Brewing Company to drop its trademark suit against Stone Brewing Company. Lagunitas claimed that Stone’s logo for Hop Hunter IPA was too similar to the Lagunitas IPA logo.

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.

The Friday Mash (The Sun Also Rises Edition)

On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize (1954) for literature. Hemingway is credited with these friendly words of advice: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

And now…The Mash!

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting story about beer tasters. Turns out that women might be better at the job because they’re more sensitive about the levels of flavor.

Alan McLeod, of A Good Beer Blog, reviews 500 Beers by Zak Avery.

Pete Brown is still scratching his head over A-BInBev’s latest product, Stella Artois Black–which, of course, is golden-colored.

Shannon Armour, writing in the Phoenix New Times, lists Ten Beers That Go Great for Breakfast. Heading the list: What else? Founders Breakfast Stout.

Readers of Zymurgy magazine once again voted Pliny the Elder the Best Commercial Beer in America.

The latest issue of Raconteur, a special section of the British newspaper The Times, was devoted to beer. Some of the U.K.’s best beer writers contributed to it.

Finally, a story just in time for Independence Day. A New York Times tasting panel rates American pale ales. Best in show: Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Pale Ale.

Sweden 86′es the Founders Label Baby

You knew this was going to happen. Josh Smith of the Kalamabrew blog tells us that Systembolaget, the Swedish national liquor monopoly, has suspended sales of Founders Breakfast Stout because its label, with with a picture of an oatmeal-slurping baby, is illegal in that country. The label law not only nixes the Founders baby, but also bans anyone younger than 25 from appearing on a label.

Ludwig has a question for the Systembolaget: does the label law apply to animals, too; and if so, do their ages get converted into human years?

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