Mississippi

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Carlsberg’s revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017: 4 percent.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev’s revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017: 3.7 percent.
  • Anheuser-Busch’s investment in U.S. brewing operations since 2011: $2.5 billion.
  • A-B’s expected U.S. investment in 2017-20: $2.5 billion.
  • This year’s expected U.S. hop acreage: 58,148.
  • Percent increase over last year’s acreage: 17.
  • Percent increase over 2012 acreage: 96.
  • Mexico’s share of worldwide beer production: 5.7 percent.
  • Germany’s share of worldwide beer production: 5.2 percent.
  • Approximate 2016 production of Shipyard Brewing Company (#1 in Maine): 118,000 barrels.
  • Approximate 2016 production of Allagash Brewing Company (#2 in Maine): 92,500 barrels.
  • California’s brewery count: 623 (ranks 1st among U.S. states).
  • Breweries per 100,000 adults in California: 2.2 (ranks 23rd; Vermont, with 10.8 per 100,000 adults, ranks first).
  • Mississippi’s brewery count: 9 (ranks 50th).
  • Breweries per 100,000 adults in Mississippi 0.4 (also ranks 50th).
  • Beer…By the Numbers

  • Vietnam’s beer production in 2015: 2.89 million barrels.
  • Increase over 2014: 4.7 percent.
  • Amount of beer exported by Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar in 2015: 765,000 barrels.
  • Increase over 2014 exports: 10.5 percent.
  • Countries to which Budweiser Budvar is exported: 73.
  • British pub count in 1982: 67,800.
  • British pub count in 2015: fewer than 54,000.
  • Alaska’s brewery count: 26, with 5 in planning.
  • Brewery openings in Alaska in 2015: 5.
  • Average price of a pint of bitter in Great Britain: £3.10 ($4.40 U.S., for a 20-ounce pint).
  • Average price of a pint of lager in Great Britain: £3.26 ($4.63 U.S.).
  • States where homebrewing is illegal: 0 (Alabama and Mississippi were the last two to legalize, in 2013).
  • States where breweries can’t sell pints on premises: 2 (Georgia and Mississippi).
  • Value of legal marijuana sold in the U.S. in 2015: $3.5 billion.
  • Value of beer sold in the U.S. in 2015: $101 billion.
  • Beer….By the Numbers

  • Beer trademark requests in the United Kingdom in 2014: 1,485.
  • Increase over 2013: 12 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser double IPA: 8.4 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of Rebel IPA: 6.5 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of Rebel Rider session IPA: 4.5 percent.
  • India pale ale’s share of the U.S. craft beer market: 21 percent.
  • Seasonal beers’ share of the U.S. craft beer market: 15-25 percent.
  • Recent price of a barrel of West Canadian select oil: C$30.23 ($22.73 U.S.).
  • Recent price of a 24-pack of Molson Canadian in British Columbia: C$32.35 ($24.32 U.S.).
  • Mississippi’s current brewery count: 10.
  • Mississippi’s brewery count in 2012: 1.
  • Winning men’s time at this year’s Beer World Mile Classic: 5:09, by current world record holder Lewis Kent.
  • Winning women’s time at this year’s Beer World Mile Classic: 6:48, by Caitlin Batten.
  • Increase in organic beer production between 2013 and 2014: 20.7 percent.
  • Organic breweries taking part in this year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival: 36.
  • Beer….By the Numbers

  • U.S. brewery count as of June 30, 2015: 3,739.
  • Increase over the year before: 699.
  • Full- and part-time workers employed by U.S. breweries: 115,469.
  • Premium beer’s share of A-B InBev’s U.S. sales: 63 percent.
  • Craft beer’s share of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s U.S. sales: 2 percent.
  • Shock Top’s share of A-B InBev’s U.S. craft beer sales: 50 percent.
  • A-B InBev’s share of the U.S. beer market: 45 percent.
  • MillerCoors’s share of the U.S. beer market: 26 percent.
  • Craft beer’s share of the U.S. beer market: 11 percent.
  • Beer drinkers arrested for DUI in Napa County, California, in 2014: 361.
  • Wine drinkers arrested for DUI in Napa County in 2014: 114.
  • Tap handles at the Raleigh (North Carolina) Beer Garden: 366 (believed to be the world’s most).
  • Locally-brewed beers on tap at the Raleigh Beer Garden: 144.
  • Percent of the price of beer attributable to taxes in Mississippi: 60 (highest in the nation).
  • Percent attributable to taxes in Montana and Oregon: 32 (lowest in the nation).
  • The Friday Mash (Little Rhody Edition)

    Two hundred and twenty-five years ago today, Rhode Island became the 13th and last of the original colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Even though the state ranks last in area, it has the longest name of any U.S. state: “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Hamburg, Germany, where the Astra brewery has installed a billboard that uses facial detection to detect one’s gender If a woman passes by, it plays her an Astra commercial.

    Last November, Whole Foods Market added a Criveller brewing system to its store in Houston. A month later, it started brewing beer at its store in Emeryville, California.

    Dock Beer, a golden saison by Dock Street Brewing, will be aged with an extra ingredient: nonstop music by Wu-Tang Clan, whose bass notes will move the yeast around.

    A 2012 law raising the ABV cap on beer has kick-started craft brewing in Mississippi. Hank Sforzini of Paste magazine names five of his favorites.

    A man who has been paralyzed for 13 years can once again enjoy a beer, thanks to a mind-controlled robot arm developed by Caltech and its partners.

    Finally, Dick and Nancy Ponzi needed another business to generate income for their planned pinot noir winery. That business was the 31-year-old BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery.

    Beer…By the Numbers

    • U.S. brewery count at the end of last year: 3,999 (948 more than a year earlier).
    • California’s brewery count (number one in the nation) at the end of last year: 508 (145 more than a year earlier).
    • Mississippi’s brewery count (someone has to be last) at the end of last year: 6 (3 more than a year earlier).
    • Bottles of Deal With the Devil produced by Alaska Brewing Company: 1,000.
    • Bottles allocated to Alaska retailers: 336.
    • Deal With the Devil’s alcoholic content: 17.6 percent.
    • Signature Copper Lager’s alcoholic strength: 5.7 percent ABV.
    • Busch Signature Copper Lager’s alcoholic strength: 5.7 percent ABV.
    • States where Busch Signature Copper Lager is being test-marketed: 12.
    • Germany’s annual per capita beer consumption today: 28 gallons.
    • Its annual per capita consumption in 1978: 40 gallons (43 percent higher).
    • Hours an American minimum-wage employee has to work to afford a beer: 0.4.
    • Hours a Russian minimum-wage employee has to work: 1.6.
    • Hours a minimum-wage employee in the Republic of Georgia has to work: 15.1.
    • Calories from alcohol in a typical 12-ounce serving of beer: 100 (alcohol has 7 calories per gram).
    • Calories from carbohydrates in a typical 12-ounce serving of beer: 50.

    The Friday Mash (Pygmalion Edition)

    On this day in 1856, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was born. Shaw was also a journalist, a co-founder of the London School of Economics, and the only person awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Academy Award, the latter for the film version of his play Pygmalion.

    And now….The Mash!

    We begin in Oxford, Mississippi, which may finally legalize the sale of cold beer. That could end a time-honored tradition: road trips to neighboring counties for a cold six-pack.

    Speaking of cold beer, concession stands at Dodger Stadium are selling beer topped with ice-cold foam, which keeps the drink cold for half an hour.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is crying in his beer after his request for a Paulaner biergarten was turned down by the brewery.

    The Monte Carlo, a casino on the Las Vegas Strip, sells $95 bottles of beer. The beer is La Trappe Isid’or, a pale ale created by Dutch monks in 2009 to celebrate their abbey’s 125th anniversary.

    This year’s trend is session IPAs. Founders Brewing Company, best known for high-gravity stouts, announced that All Day IPA (4.5% ABV) has become its biggest seller.

    Consumer alert: Big banks are jacking up the price of your six-pack by manipulating aluminum prices. How they do it is bizarre, and apparently legal.

    Finally, Tim Marchman of Deadspin.com marks the passing of actor Dennis Farina by recalling a funny Old Style commercial in which Farina went to his local bar to drive off out-of-towners.

    A Vestige of Prohibition Ends

    Today, Mississippi became the 50th state to legalize homebrewing, 35 years after President Jimmy Carter signed a bill lifting the federal prohibition and 80 years after repeal of Prohibition.

    Jim Koch, who, like many commercial brewers, started by brewing his own, offered the following comment: “This activity that used to be illegal everywhere has created 100,000 jobs in the last 30 years and probably encouraged the responsible consumption of flavorful beer.”

    Feel free to celebrate a legal milestone with a tall cold one.

    The Friday Mash (Buy Low, Sell High Edition)

    Forty-two years ago today, the NASDAQ stock exchange was founded by the National Association of Securities Dealers. Once the home of lowly over-the-counter stocks, it’s now the exchange where companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are traded.

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Britain, where health officials would like the beverage industry to disclose the number of calories in their products. They hope that people will drink less to avoid getting fat.

    Add the Morrow Royal Pavilion in Henderson, Nevada, to your list of beer landmarks to visit. It’s made from recycled beer and liquor bottles–more than half a million of them.

    The latest environmentally-friendly innovation is The Crafty Carton, a paper growler that holds one quart of beer and, according to Foodbeast.com, is suitable for origami.

    Here’s a beer pairing we’ve never seen before. Dr. Greg Zeschuk, a video game industry veteran and craft beer aficionado, chooses the right beer style for the genre of game you’re playing.

    World of Beer, which serves craft beer in a tavern-like setting, could be coming to your town. The chain has 36 locations in 11 states, and company CEO Paul Avery wants to take it nationwide.

    Glyn Roberts, The Rabid Barfly, unleashes a rant about people who decide to go on the wagon during January, which is the quietest time of the year for British pubs.

    Finally, will this be the year that Alabama and Mississippi finally legalize homebrewing? They’re the only two states where it remains illegal.

    The Friday Mash (”Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!” Edition)

    On this day in 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state. Famous Arkansans (the accent is on the second syllable) include country singer Johnny Cash, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, former president Bill Clinton, and Tusk, the live hog that serves as the mascot for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team.

    And now….The Mash!

    We begin in Portland, Maine, home of an economist’s dream. Brewers and distillers have clustered in a district called Brewer’s Row. Notable residents include D.L. Geary Brewing Company and Allagash Brewing Company.

    Erik Lars Myers, who blogs at Top Fermented, is also the frontman for Mystery Brewing Company. Myers explains how he raised $44,000 on Kickstarter.com to help launch his brewery, and explains how it was done.

    The Los Angeles Kings won their first NHL title in their 45-year existence. Part of the Kings’ celebration consisted of drinking a bottle of Budweiser, left over from their loss to Montreal in the 1993 final, out of the Stanley Cup.

    Kid Rock is scouring Michigan to find a new contract brewer for his American Badass Beer. Michigan Brewing Company, which made the beer, was foreclosed on by its bank and reportedly faces possible eviction.

    Have you ever tried beer ice cream? Victoria Johnson of TheAwl.com has a recipe that uses beer and just three other ingredients: sugar, egg yolks, and heavy cream.

    They’re not exactly moonshiners, but homebrewers in Mississippi are still breaking the law. Raise Your Pints, which successfully lobbied for a higher ABV cap in that state, is working to get the homebrew ban repealed.

    Finally, 88-year-old Ethel Goldschmidt, of Brooklyn, New York, has started her own beer company. Her flagship beer is Ethel’s Brew, a summertime beer inspired by her 1951 trip to Oktoberfest with her late husband, Burt.

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