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The Friday Mash (Boiling Point Edition)

On this day in 1743, Jean-Pierre Christin developed the Centigrade temperature scale, with 0 degrees representing water’s freezing point and 100 degrees its boiling point. However, the scale is named for Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, who came up with a similar idea independently of Christin.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Chicago, where the Lincoln Park Zoo is collaborating with DryHop Brewers on a new beer that will raise money for polar bears and raise awareness of climate change. The beer, Ursus Mapletimus, is a smoked maple imperial white ale.

Some years ago, a pub owner in England told Arthur Johnson that he’d get free beer for life if he lived to age 100. Johnson reached the century mark, and now he shows up every day for a pint.

Is there a beer without malt or hops? Yes. It’s an alcoholic ginger beer from Ginger’s Revenge, a new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. The beer is also gluten-free.

Congratulations to Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley, who own the Maui Brewing Company. The U.S. Small Business Administration named them “National Small Business Persons of the Year.”

Heineken has launched a zero-alcohol version of its namesake beer. Alcohol-free beers are attractive to brewers because that segment of the market is growing, and beers without alcohol are taxed less heavily.

English heavy-metal band Iron Maiden is coming to the U.S. Also coming to America is Trooper, an award-winning ESB inspired by the band and brewed by Robinsons Brewery.

Finally, Breckenridge Brewing Company has announced the winner of its annual competition to name the official beer of Denver Comic Con. This year’s winner is “I Am Brewt,” a pun on the Guardians of the Galaxy superhero film series.

The Friday Mash (Elvis Edition)

Next Monday marks the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, but today we celebrate a different Elvis–namely, Elvis Grbac, who played quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL. He turns 40 today. We’re also honoring two other athletes with that name: figure skater Elvis Stojko and running back Elvis Peacock.

And now…The Mash!

We begin at the ballpark, where Chris Gigley of Beer celebrates the keystone combination of minor league baseball and craft beer.

Next stop is New York City, where beer gardens have been sprouting up. Robert Simonson of the New York Times tells us where to find them. If you’re thinking of visiting NYC, you might want to arrive sometime between September 24 and October 3, which is New York City Craft Beer Week.

In our style section, Jack Curtin answers the question: What’s up with ginger beer? And Greg Kitsock, writing in the Washington Post, gets us acquainted with an up-and-coming style: black India pale ale.

Turning to travel, Bryan Kolesar of The Brew Lounge was among the revelers at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, and he’s got dozens and dozens of photos to prove it.

Northern Michigan is known for its wine, but a European-style farmhouse brewery, the Leelanau Brewing Company, is about to open.

Finally, Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing, and North Park Beer Company have joined forces to brew San Diego County Session Ale. It’ll hit the shelves next month.

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