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The Friday Mash (Great Fire of London Edition)

Three hundred and fifty years ago today, the Great Fire of London broke out. The blaze, famously described in the diaries of Samuel Pepys destroyed most of the city’s buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and countless pubs.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Winnipeg, where a man dressed as a hockey goalie broke into a store and made off with some beer. It wasn’t even Canadian-brewed beer; he stole Budweiser. Speaking of the King of Beer, a man wearing a Batman costume swiped two 18-packs of Bud from an Upstate New York store.

Alan McLeod, the keeper of A Good Beer Blog, found a 200-year-old classified ad for a homebrewing machine that made beer without mashing. That sounds too good to be true, and probably is.

According to a poll of more than 100 college basketball coaches, Bob Huggins of West Virginia is the coach they’d most like to have a beer with. University of Kansas coach Bill Self finished second.

Miller Genuine Draft is a dying brand. A Milwaukee Record journalist visited a dozen bars in the city. Nine didn’t carry MGD; one bartender laughed at him, and another was offended that he even asked for it.

Breweries in Portland, Maine, are asking customers to rank the beers they’ve been served. It’s their effort to promote ranked-choice voting, aka instant-runoff, which will be on the November ballot.

Stephen Wilmot of the Wall Street Journal warns that the recent slowdown in craft beer’s growth won’t help the big breweries. One major reason is that wine and spirits—bourbon in particular—are growing even faster than craft.

Finally, a British brewery is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth with a beer brewed using yeasts scraped off of Dahl’s armchair. The beer will be served at the premiere of a stage adaptation of Dahl’s The Twits.

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Increase in imported beer sales, by volume, in the U.S. in 2015: 9.9 percent. Mexican brands were largely responsible for the increase.
  • Increase in Mexican-brewed beer sales, by volume, in the U.S. in 2015: 14.2 percent.
  • Years since the founding of the Campaign for Real Ale: 45.
  • CAMRA membership in May 2016: 179,118.
  • World-wide compound average growth rate for the beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 1.8 percent.
  • Compound average growth rate for Africa’s beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 6.4 percent.
  • Compound average growth rate for Asia’s beer industry between 2008 and 2014: 4 percent.
  • U.S. Brewery openings in 2015: 620.
  • U.S. Brewery closings in 2015: 68.
  • Washington State’s current brewery count: 307.
  • Microbreweries’ share of Washington State’s brewery count: 71.7 percent (220 in all).
  • Industry-wide average price of a case of beer $22.50.
  • Average price of a case of Heineken beer $28.50.
  • Length of Heineken’s contract with Formula 1 racing: 5 years.
  • Estimated amount Heineken will pay F1: £100 million ($145 million
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