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The Friday Mash (Lamont Cranston Edition)

Eighty-five years ago, the radio drama The Shadow debuted. The title character, who know “what evil lurks in the hearts of men,” became a major influence on later comic book superheroes, Batman in particular.

And now….The Mash! 

We begin in Kabul, Afghanistan, where non-alcoholic beer is popular, and costs only 30 cents a can. Alcohol is banned in this Muslim country–but there’s a thriving black market in beer and spirits.

Lululemon, the yoga pants company, is using beer to attract male customers. Curiosity Lager, which features hints of lemon drop and Chinook hops, will soon be available at select locations in Canada.

Heavy Seas Brewing Company will mark the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken, Jr., setting a new Major League Baseball consecutive-games-played with a retro lager called Fielder’s Choice.

Vault Brewing Company invented a new way of canning nitro-conditioned beer. Vault adds the nitrogen when the beer is canned, bypassing the famous Guinness “widget.”

“Session beers”—those with less than 5% ABV—have gained a following among Colorado drinkers. The trend has spread from India pale ales to other styles, such as sour beers and saisons.

Producers of the zombie drama The Walking Dead have teamed up with Terrapin Brewing Company to make the show’s official beer: a Red India pale ale brewed with blood orange peel.

Finally, not all Utahns are Mormons, and some stage an alternative to the Pioneer Day state holiday. It’s called called “Pie and Beer Day,” and celebrants are invited to gather friends and family. Beer is optional.

The Friday Mash (Dating Game Edition)

Seventy-five years ago today, Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered carbon-14, a radioactive isotope. It’s the basis of the radio-carbon dating method that determines an object’s age. However, bartenders still have to use ID cards to determine the age of their customers.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Barlioche, a Patagonian resort town that has become the craft beer capital of the Andes. It’s home to 15 breweries, which join forces for a beer festival in December.

Last weekend, more than 100 people played whiffle ball in the snow in a Milwaukee-area park. Leinenkugel Brewing Company hosted the tournament to promote its Summer Shandy.

Experts aren’t sure why this happens, but recipients spend more on beer when food stamps are distributed on the weekend—even though the stamps can’t be used to buy beer.

The Brew Kettle, a Cleveland-area brewery, is rolling out an ale for Cavaliers basketball fans. “All For One” session IPA will be available at the brewery and at Cavs’ home games.

Hellboy, the character created by comic-book artist Mike Mignola, turned 21, and Rogue Ales celebrated his big birthday by releasing Hand of Doom Red Ale. It sold out in a hurry.

This month’s “Session” asked beer bloggers the question “Festivals: Geek Gathering or Beer Dissemination?” Joan Villar-i-Martí, who blogs from Barcelona, has rounded up the best responses.

Finally, thousands of whiskey barrels have found their way to craft breweries. Now, Heavy Seas Brewing Company has returned the favor, sending its brewhouse tanks to a distillery.

The Friday Mash (Green Mountain State Edition)

On this day 220 years ago, Vermont was admitted to the Union as the 14th state. Today, the state is famous for its craft beer; in fact, it recently ranked number-one in breweries per capita. Good beer is so plentiful that gas stations sell growlers. But the best place to enjoy it is the Vermont Brewers Festival, which takes place in July on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Bend, Oregon, where it’s now possible to celebrate two great Oregon activities–bicycling and enjoying craft beer–at the same time, now that a 16-seat “Cycle Pub” has made its debut.

Another story from Oregon involves a possible backlash against over-hopped ales. Katherine Cole, the wine columnist for the Oregonian, identifies a couple of new breweries that are going easy on the IBUs.

Australia has earned a reputation for a macho beer-swillers, but women have come into prominence in that country’s beer culture.

Ever wonder where the phrase “paint the town red” originated? Matt Dredge, who blogs at Pencil and Spoon, has the answer.

After more than four and a half centuries of life, Maryland’s Wye Oak was toppled by a thunderstorm in 2002. However, the ancient tree lives on in a special batch of India pale brewed by Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Brewing Company.

Don’t forget The Session #49. This month’s topic is Your “Regular” Beer. Stan Hieronymus, one of the hosts, elaborates on it.

Finally, the Washington Post’s David Hagedorn decided it was time to host a beer pairing dinner. He pulled it off with the assistance of Gwen Conley, the Flying Dog Brewery’s “sensory goddess.”

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