Beer…By the Numbers

  • Average cost of an 11.2-ounce beer (standard European size) in Geneva: $6.32.
  • Average cost of a standard European-size beer in London: $4.52.
  • Average cost of a standard European-size beer in Berlin: $2.58.
  • Cost of a one-liter mug of beer at this year’s Oktoberfest: 10 euros ($12).
  • Increase over last year: 3 percent.
  • Germany’s annual inflation rate: 0.5 percent.
  • California brewery count, as of March 2015: 554.
  • California’s breweries’ annual production: 3.4 million barrels.
  • U.S. imported beer sales in 2015’s first quarter: 7.46 million barrels.
  • Increase over 2014’s first quarter: 13 percent.
  • Corona beer’s rank in U.S. sales: 5th.
  • Corona’s average rating on 2.33 out of 5 (39th worst).
  • Corona’s 2015 sales increase over 2014: 16 percent.
  • Percent of adults aged 21-35 who consider local origin an important factor in buying beer: 53.
  • Percent of adults of all ages who consider local origin an important factor: 45.
  • The Friday Mash (Blues and Brews Edition)

    Eighty-five years ago today, blues guitarist B.B. (short for “Blues Boy”), King was born in Mississippi. Rolling Stone magazine ranked King the third-greatest guitarist of all time, adding that he influenced nearly electric blues guitarist who followed him. The blues lend themselves to beer drinking, which is why there are dozens of blues-themed beer festivals on our calendar.

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Konopkivka, Ukraine, where a health spa offers therapeutic beer baths–one of many unconventional treatments available in town.

    The business website 24/ has a list of “eight beers Americans no longer drink”. All of them are macrobrews that have suffered a significant loss of market share.

    Beer writer John Holl recently contributed to a Wall Street Journal article on heartland travel, offering a craft beer and pub grub trip that takes in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison.

    Here’s a new way to recycle beer cans. Jerry Stone of the Discovery Channel shows how an empty can will boost your wi-fi signal. Don’t try this after drinking.

    If you’ve got a winning Powerball ticket lying around, cash it immediately, then buy some of the world’s most expensive beers.

    Why did the creators of “The Simpsons” call that beer “Duff”? Ex-Guns ‘N Roses bassist Duff McKagan claims that he inspired its name.

    Finally, British beer drinkers have good reason to sing the blues. A study shows that since 1987, the price of a pint has risen much faster than prices in general.

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