Today is Pi Day, an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant. It’s celebrated today because Americans write the date as 3/14; and “3″, “1″, and “4″ are the three most significant digits of pi in decimal form. Ludwig recommends a beer, preferably a Real Ale, to go with your pi.
And now…The Mash!
We begin in Boston, where Jim Koch invited survivors of last year’s Marathon bombing to his brewery, which is again brewing a special “26.2″ ale to raise funds for those injured last year.
A company in Canada plans to brew a “recovery ale” for athletes. It’s called “Lean Machine”; and it has 77 calories, 0.5 percent alcohol, and contains nutrients, antioxidants, and electrolytes.
Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company has tapped into New York tradition with an egg cream stout. An egg cream contains milk, chocolate syrup, and seltzer water–but no eggs.
A Wisconsin lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a state Beer Commission. It has the backing of the state’s breweries.
Charlie Papazian, head of the Brewers Association, has decided to discontinue the Beer City USA competition because it has “served its purpose.” Grand Rapids won last year’s competition.
investor C. Dean Metropoulos, who bought Pabst Brewing Company four years ago, is reportedly considering a sale of the company, which could be worth as much as $1 billion.
Finally, John Verive, a food writer for the Los Angeles Times, explains why the classic tulip glass is the only glass you’ll need. It’s versatile, supports the beer’s head, and holds in its aromas.
On this day in 1850, what is now known as Kansas City, Missouri, was established. It’s the home of the American Jazz Museum, the National World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City-style barbecue, and the Royals and Chiefs.
And now…The Mash!
We begin not in Kansas City, but in Philadelphia City where this evening, Philly Beer Week gets off to a rousing start with The Opening Tap, which will take place at the Independence Visitor Center. We’re sure the Founding Fathers would approve. Philadelphia beer writer Bryan Kolesar has more details about Beer Week itself.
Ninety miles to the north, in Manhattan, another opening takes place today: the Eataly rooftop brewery restaurant Birreria. MadParkNews.com was given a preview tour, and tells visitors what to expect.
Continuing our journey into the Bronx, two new breweries are operating. They are the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company. No word on whether either plans to sell its beer in–here it comes!–22-ounce Bronx Bombers.
Now to your backyard. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that mosquitoes are attracted to beer. However, the mosquitoes weren’t to state a brand preference.
Beer, of course, is the main attraction of Plzen in the Czech Republic. But as Evan Rail explains in the New York Times travel section, the city has attractions that non-drinkers will love.
Our next stop is the home of sour beer. Not, not Belgium, but Germany, the home of two classic styles: Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse.
Our travels conclude in–you guessed it–Kansas City, which is also the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewery. The beer pairs well with outdoor barbecue. So long as you watch out for mosquitoes.