Mardi Gras

The Friday Mash (“Don’t Cry for Me” Edition)

On this day in 1946, Colonel Juan Peron, founder of the political movement known as Peronism, was elected to his first term as President of Argentina. He and his wife, Eva Duarte, would later become the subject of the Broadway musical Evita.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Maryland, where craft brewers are concerned about Guinness’ plans to open a taproom at its new brewery. At the same time, retailers worry that raising the cap on how much breweries can sell on-premises will hurt their business.

This year’s beer trends include the “haze craze”: unfiltered and unpasteurized IPAs aka “New England IPAs”. These beers have a shorter shelf life, but are richer in both flavor and aroma.

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company is paying off a Super Bowl bet by releasing 100 cans of SB51 beer. It’s described as “a soul crushing pale ale that will leave you deflated”.

Tomorrow, Cleveland’s Slovenian community celebrates Kurentovanje, its version of Mardi Gras. Festival-goers will dress up as giant fuzzy animals to scare winter away, and drink beer at the newly-opened Goldhorn Brewery.

Three machinists and designers are about to launch the Kramstein beer stein. This metal stein, which comes in two sizes, is designed to keep the drink cool and the drinker’s hands dry.

Martin Roper, who’s been CEO of the Boston Beer Company for 16 years, plans to step down next year. TheMotleyFool.com speculates on whether Roper’s successor can arrest the company’s recent sales slump.

Finally, the BrewDog brewery offers an unusual perk: a week’s “paw-ternity” leave to employees who adopt a new dog. It also allows employees to bring their dogs to work. The company’s founders worked under the watchful eye of their “brew dog”, Bracken.

The Friday Mash (NASCAR Edition)

Sixty-six years ago today, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was formed in Daytona Beach, Florida. Today, NASCAR is second only to the National Football League in television ratings and has more Fortune 500 corporate sponsors than any other sport.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in western North Carolina, where the new Sierra Nevada brewery has started brewing IPA. It will start shipping to distributors this spring, and open to the public in August.

It looks like a stout, but Morning Beer by a Sacramento roaster is actually a nitrogenated coffee. It’s alcohol-free, so you can enjoy it on your way to work.

Think you’re the ultimate beer geek? If so, send a video to the Firestone Walker Brewing Company. The lucky winner will get four VIP tickets to the sold-out Invitational Beer Festival.

The All-American Food Truck & Craft Beer Rally took place in Huntsville, Alabama, on Wednesday. Food trucks are showing up at more and more festivals on our calendar.

Your purchase of Flying Dog Ales’ Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout helps fund the brewery’s effort to plant oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Flying Dog expects to plant two million this year.

It’s almost Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. If you’re going, local writer Nora McGunnigle tells where you can find good beer in the Crescent City.

Finally, we recently told you about beer concentrate. Now the folks at Gizmodo.com have tried it straight, and say it “bombards your taste buds with a rotting symphony of flavors not meant for consumption.”

The Friday Mash (Float Like a Butterfly Edition)

On this day in 1964, 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay scored a victory by TKO over heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Clay, who later that year changed his name to Muhammad Ali, became one of the greatest legends in the history of sports–and one of the few to be recognized the world over.

Being a devout Muslim, Ali abstains from alcohol. However, Ludwig has granted you permission to toast “The Greatest” with a brew.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Boulder, Colorado, where the local school district offers a course in beer appreciation. It’s led by a veteran of Colorado’s craft beer industry.

Spring training is around the corner, and writer Charlie Vascellaro tells you where to find good beer near Cactus League ballparks. He also explains why baseball is responsible for Bell’s beer’s availabIlity in the Grand Canyon State.

The Harp, a pub located in Covent Garden, London, was named CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.

Lights, camera, action! Draft magazine chooses ten actors who could play leading brewers.

Green beer? Not the kind served on St. Patrick’s Day, but the kind made in eco-friendly breweries in Calgary, Alberta.

Now that craft beer is making inroads in Ireland, can proper beer festivals be far behind? The Dublin-based Beer Nut reports on the inaugural Winter & Cask Ale Festival, held earlier this month in Cork.

Finally, if you’re going to Mardi Gras, Jeremy Labadie of BestOfNewOrleans.com has a long list of establishments that serve good beer in the Crescent City.

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