The Friday Mash (No-Smoking Edition)

Forty-seven years ago today, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Smoking Act. It required the placement of Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products, and banned cigarette advertising on television and radio. Those of a certain age still remember the jingles, however.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the newly-opened Moby Dick Brewing Company pays homage to the city’s whaling industry and especially, the Herman Melville classic.

In Indianapolis, a beer bar called Kingmakers offers a selection of 500 board games to play with friends. Kingmakers’ “board game sommeliers” double as servers and game instructors.

Michigan’s brewery count is approaching 300–which is a lot of competition for shelf space. Representatives of two of the state’s grocery chains explain how they decide what to carry.

Your next layover could be an opportunity to introduce yourself to some new beer. has compiled a list of nine American airports that pour beer from local craft breweries.

Growler USA is coming to your home state. The Denver-based beer bar chain has 40 franchised locations under development, and expects to sell another 200 franchises nationwide in 2018.

Can you name the ten oldest beers in America? All ten date back to the 19th century—1829 in the case of Yuengling Lager, the country’s oldest—and managed to survive Prohibition.

Finally, Stone Brewing Company earned rave reviews for its Full Circle Pale Ale. What makes this beer unusual is that it was made with recycled and purified wastewater that had previously been used in taps, toilets and showers.

The Friday Mash (Get Vaccinated! Edition)

Sixty years ago today, Elvis Presley received a polio vaccination on national television. That single event is credited with raising immunization levels in the United States from 0.6% to over 80% in just six months.

And now…The Mash!

We begin on the Formula 1 racing circuit, where in the early 1980s, Gordon Murray’s inventive pit crew rigged up a fuel system using pressurized beer kegs that could pump 30 gallons of fuel into a car in just three seconds.

A North Carolina judge was convicted of bribery after offering a deputy sheriff two cases of Bud Light in exchange for his wife’s text messages. The judge later upped his offer to $100.

Two employee-owned breweries, Harpoon Brewery and Odell Brewing Company, have collaborated to brew a beer called EHOP. It’s an oatmeal pale ale.

Vietnam’s government will sell off two state-owned breweries which have a 60-plus-percent market share. Vietnam, with 93 million people, is one of Asia’s top beer-drinking countries.

This week, Britain’s smallest pub—which has room for just three—is offering free beer, but there’s a catch: you can’t use your mobile phones inside the pub.

Indianapolis-based Central State Brewing has something for Harry Potter fans: a sour ale called “Polyjuice Potion”. Its ingredients include plums, elderberries, and “magical bits and bobbles”.

Finally, Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery is making two beers to be enjoyed with single-malt scotches from Highland Park, a distillery in the Orkney Islands. The beers are Rune, a golden oat ale; and Sköll, a roasty ale.

Indy Brewery Owner Denounces Sexist Customers

Jordan Gleason, the founder of Black Acre Brewing Company in Indianapolis, banned a 60-year-old male customer who had made crude, sexist remarks about the women who worked in Black Acre’s taproom. Gleason wrote a long—and sometimes profane—Facebook post explaining why he did so.

First, though, he described the joys of working in the service industry:

I’ve seen wedding proposals, birthday parties, political discussions, deep philosophical debates, neighborhood organization, the absolute works. The best of humanity coming together and bonding. That’s my JAM. It’s one of the biggest reasons I get out of bed in the morning to come in to work day after day.

But he alluded to the industry’s dark side, which included abusive behavior toward female employees. Gleason appealed to his fellow males to take their status as gentlemen seriously:

Men, we often don’t see the level of filth that our friends, sisters, and mothers go through every day. We hope to surround ourselves with people who would never treat a woman like that. We live in a safe little bubble. But the reality of this thing? It’s an insidious disease that’s happening every single day, several times a day and it turns my [expletive] stomach.

The Friday Mash (Social Security Edition)

Today is the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security Act. More than 50 million Americans, most of whom are retirees, receive Social Security benefits. That number will grow as members of the Baby Boom generation reach retirement age.

And now (can I see some ID, please?)….The Mash! 

We begin in North Korea, whose government is looking for foreign investors for a brewery in Wosnan. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, wants to turn the port city into a tourist attraction.

Jim Koch, the CEO of Boston Beer Company, blames high U.S. corporate taxes for acquisitions that have left foreign firms in control of 90 percent of America’s brewing industry.

The oldest known receipt for beer is a more than 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet in which a scribe acknowledges receiving approximately 4-1/2 liters of Alulu the brewer’s “best beer.”

At New Belgium Brewing Company, Kim Jordan is turning over her CEO duties to another woman, Christine Perich, the chief operating officer. Jordan will head the brewery’s board of directors.

The Los Angeles Times’s John Verive decodes seven words—clean, dry, phenolic, creamy, hot, soft, and light—that are often found in reviews of craft beers.

White Bull beer, a symbol of South Sudan’s independence, is on the endangered list. Armed conflict has left White Bull’s brewer short on foreign currency it needs to import fuel and materials.

Finally, “Biscuit,” who works at the Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis sneaked “Tom Brady Sux” next to the “born-on” date on 20,000 cans of Wee Mac Scottish Ale. His future work will have to be approved by his higher-ups.

Indiana Beer Bar Owner’s Support for LGBT Rights

Last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101, which would prevent state and local governments from “substantially burdening” a person’s exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means. Critics contend that the law gives business owners a license to discriminate, especially against gays and lesbians.

Businessman Scott Wise, who owns the Scotty’s Brewhouse chain in Indiana, wrote an open letter explaining his opposition to the law. After identifying himself as a born-again Christian, Wise went on to say, “Several of my employees are openly gay, proud and happy” and that “I consider all of them my colleagues and even more so, my friends.” Wise called his guests’ sexual orientation “utterly unimportant in running a business, nor any of my personal business.”

Cyd Zeigler of has asked supporters of LBGT rights who’ll be in Indianapolis for this weekend’s Final Four to join him at Scotty’s downtown location Friday evening at 7 pm. The establishment is just a few blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the games will be played.

The Friday Mash (Reefer Madness Edition)

Seventy-six years ago today, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which effectively made marijuana illegal. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and in all but two states. Those of a certain age may remember a psychedelic-art poster that read, “Keep off the Grass, Drink Schlitz.”

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Indianapolis, where an ad calling marijuana “the new beer”, scheduled to run during a NASCAR Brickyard 400, was pulled after anti-drug forces complained.

F.X. Matt Brewing is celebrating its 125th anniversary by giving customers a free beer. The brewery is adding a can of its new Legacy IPA to variety 12-packs of its Saranac beers.

Houston, we have a tourist attraction: a house made of beer cans. Construction began in the 1970s, when owner John Milkovisch used old beer cans as makeshift aluminum siding.

Lovell, Maine, an hour’s drive west of Portland, has landed on the craft beer map thanks to Ebenezer’s, which has been named America’s best beer bar.

Move over, Goose Island. Lagunitas Brewing Company will soon become Chicago’s biggest brewery. Its new facility in the Douglas Park neighborhood will have a capacity of 250,000 barrels a year.

Levi’s Field, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, is developing an app to address fans’ biggest complaints: lines at beer stands and the inevitable next problem, lines at restrooms.

Finally, New Jersey’s beer hasn’t earned many accolades, but Aaron Goldfarb of Esquire magazine says the local brew is improving. He recommends Carton Brewing Company and Kane Brewing Company.

Destination Indy

Super Bowl XLVI will be played Sunday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Even if you won’t be in town for the game, you might consider a beer weekend in Indiana’s capital. The folks at Hoosier Beer Geek have lined up an beer weekend. And if their itinerary isn’t enough, Gerard Walen of Road Trips for Beer has compiled a comprehensive list of breweries in and around the city.

Indy to Host Beer Bloggers Conference

The next North American Beer Bloggers Conference will take place July 13-15, 2012, in Indianapolis. The host city was selected by bloggers over Austin, Asheville, and St. Louis on the strength of its central location, support from the local blogging community, and the timing of a July conference.

In recent years, Indiana has put itself on the national beer map with more than 40 breweries–plus another dozen or so expected to open within the next year–and a strong state organization, the Brewers of Indiana Guild. Maryanne and Paul, who are graduates of Notre Dame, are pleased to see craft beer win a following in the Hoosier State. They’ve already circled the conference dates on their calendar.

The Friday Mash (I Like Ike Edition)

On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. After a distinguished military career, during which he rose to the rank of five-star general, “Ike” entered politics and became the 34th president of the United States. Eisenhower’s legacy includes the Interstate Highway System, which has been a godsend to modern-day beer travelers.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Slovakia, where the makers of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) beer voice their opinion about bailing out Greece–they’re against it–in this television commercial.

Scotland’s BrewDog brewery has hit a new low. Its new Sunk Punk pale ale, which features maritime ingredients, was fermented at the bottom of the North Sea, more than 60 feet beneath the surface.

After a long and successful run at Salt Lake City’s Squatters Pub Brewery, brewer Jen Talley is moving on. Her next stop is the Redhook Ale Brewery.

The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau is making the case for hosting the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference. It promises that “You’ll be welcomed and doted upon” in Indy.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which has already honored jazz artist Miles Davis and bluesman Richard Johnson, will celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with a Belgian-style beer called “Faithfull Ale.”

Don Russell, a/k/a Joe Sixpack, calls it “the other smoked beer.” It’s beer made from cannabis plants. He tried to review it, but suffered short-term memory loss.

Finally, Ludwig insisted that we mention the third annual Lion Lager Beer Festival, which takes place in Zimbabwe this weekend. The festivities include performances by reggae artists flown in from Jamaica.

The Friday Mash (Captain Cook Edition)

On this day in 1768, Captain James Cook of the Endeavour sailed from England on the first of his three voyages into the Pacific. Cook is famous for his map-making skills and courage in exploring dangerous locations. Even though the captain wasn’t a drinking man, we’re raising a glass in his honor.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in an unlikely locale–namely, Utah, where an annual beer festival takes place despite the state’s legendary alcohol restrictions.

Go green! Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company is building the city’s largest private commercial solar installation.

If you’ve got tickets for Super Bowl XLVI, the Indianapolis Star’s Michelle Pemberton knows where to find good beer once you arrive in Indy.

Think your state’s beer distribution laws are bad? In Canada, even distributing beer across provincial lines is a real pain. That’s a particular problem for small breweries.

Is American ingenuity dead? Joe Sixpack begs to differ. A recent column details oddball beer-related inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent Office.

Molson Coors’s new pink beer for women inspired a righteous rant from Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Katrina Onstad.

Finally, we have good news and bad news for marathon runners. Beer is an excellent recovery beverage, but it’s effective only when it’s non-alcoholic.

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