Mesopotamia

The Friday Mash (Wall Street Journal Edition)

On this day in 1889, the first edition of the Wall Street Journal was published. With a total of 2.4 million print and digital subscribers, the Journal is the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in the Bay Area, where David Kravets of Ars Technica magazine reviews Heineken’s new “Brewlock” technology. Brewlock consists of a rubbery bladder that holds the beer inside a plastic centrifuge. Compressed air pumped into the centrifuge forces out the beer before air can mix with it.

In Ephraim, Wisconsin, beer is legal for the first time since 1853, when it was founded by Norwegian Moravians. Efforts to overturn the beer ban failed in 1934 and 1992.

The mayor of Zaragoza, Mexico, says there’s no water for consumption by its residents. He blames Constellation Brands’ brewery, which uses the water to brew Corona and brands of beer.

A Microsoft recruiter messaged a “bae intern”, inviting him or her to an Internapalooza after-party with “noms”, “dranks”, and “Yammer beer pong tables”. A company spokesperson called the message “poorly worded”.

The “world’s oldest payslip,” which dates back 5,000 years, reveals that some laborers in ancient Mesopotamia opted to be paid in beer for their work.

After Wales made it to the semifinals of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Budweiser celebrated the team’s success by treating every Welsh adult to a beer.

Finally, Matt Cunningham is growing hops and barley on his farm, a big step toward a beer brewed with all Ohio ingredients. Sounds perfect for Ohio State football games, where beer will be sold stadium-wide this fall.

The Friday Mash (”Eek! A Mouse!” Edition)

Thirty-one years ago today, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center introduced the computer mouse. The prototype mouse was invented in 1963 by Douglas Engelbart. Unfortunately, Engelbart’s patent for the device expired before it was widely used in personal computers.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in ancient Mesopotamia which, thousands of years ago, was the beer capital of the world. Back then, the royal well-to-do drank their brew out of straws. Don’t scoff. They also invented writing, irrigation, and the clock.

Don’t drink and gamble, please! Players from countries with the highest per capita beer consumption wind up the biggest losers in casinos.

Admit it. Back in the day, you drank 40-ouncers. Craft breweries are appealing to nostalgia–and to your evolved taste in beer–with high-class malt liquor. Some are even sold in brown paper bags.

The ballot has been finalized for the 2012 Beer City USA competition. There are 31 cities on the ballot; and with an expanded choice of locations this year, write-ins aren’t allowed.

Go figure. Alabama regulators gave the thumbs-down to Founders Dirty Bastard ale, even though Flying Dog Raging Bitch ale and Fat Bastard wine are legal.

Bonobos, a clothing manufacturer, is selling denim pants made from recycled beer bottles. Priced at $135 a pair, they’re not for people on a beer budget.

Finally, someone must be buying Mr. Beer homebrew kits. Coopers, an Australia-based brewery, bought Mr. Beer in a multi-million dollar deal. Homebrewing supplies account for 30 percent of Coopers’ revenue.

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