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The Friday Mash (James Dean Edition)

Sixty-one years ago today, James Dean was killed in a traffic crash in California. He was 24 years old. Dean became the first actor to earn posthumous Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, for playing Cal Trask in East of Eden and Jett Rink in Giant.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Denver, where Brent Doeden aka “Captain Earthman” suffers from inoperable brain cancer. Doeden, who’s been vending beer at Colorado Rockies baseball games since the franchise’s inception, is a cult figure at Coors Field.

Wil Fulton of makes the case for why flip cup is a better drinking game than beer pong. One advantage: it’s easier to cheat, which—like in Monopoly—is an integral part of the game.

The Michelada is one of Mexico’s popular new drinks. It consists of beer, lime juice, spices, sauces, and other ingredients in a salt-lined glass. It has some similarity to a margarita.

To combat “flagship fatigue”, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will release three new ales next year: Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, and Golden IPA.

Los Angeles has light rail transportation, and you can spend a day pub-crawling along the Red Line, which runs from Union Station to North Hollywood.

Candidates aren’t the only ones running negative ads this fall. Miller Lite responded to a Bud Light spot with this slogan: “Bud Light says raise one to right now so why not raise the right one?”

Finally, ultra-runner Karl Meltzer set a new record for running the length of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail: 44.9 days, 22 hours 38 minutes. His routine on the AT included ending the day with a couple of brews. Meltzer celebrated the end of his trek with a pepperoni pizza and—you guessed it—a beer.

The Friday Mash (Wednesday Edition)

Even beer-drinking lions need time off, so he’s assembled this week’s Mash a couple of days early. Once it’s posted, Ludwig will zip up his luggage and hop into the lion limo for a long weekend. He’ll be back on Monday, relaxed and refreshed. We should all be so lucky.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Cleveland, where Mark Bona of the Plain Dealer suggests beers to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. No hard and fast rules, just general pointers.

Did you know that Garrett Oliver’s love affair with beer began with a pint in a London pub? That tidbit and others appear in an interview with Oliver in the Independent.

The Beer Bloggers Conference has compiled a list of all known beer bloggers on the planet. The total stands at 1,164. And yes, Ludwig Roars is on that list.

From the Life Imitates Art Department: The governing board of the Phoenix-area’s light-rail system has okayed beer ads on the outside of trains. Some of those trains might resemble the Coors Silver Bullet of TV ad fame.

Friday is the official kickoff of Christmas shopping season, which means it’s time to think Yuletide beers. Brandon Hernandez of San Diego magazine serves up the 12 Beers of Christmas.

Ever wonder why flies are attracted to beer? Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have the answer: the pesky insects are attracted to glycerol, a sweet-tasting compound produced by yeasts during fermentation.

Finally, the Michigan Wolverines take on arch-rival Ohio State on Saturday. We hope these beer-chugging grannies will be partying with the tailgaters in Ann Arbor.

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