The Friday Mash (Ponderosa Edition)

Fifty-five years ago today, the first episode of the television show Bonanza premiered on NBC. The show, which starred Lorne Greene and Michael Landon, ran for 14 seasons and 430 episodes, second only to Gunsmoke as the longest-running western of all time.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Crested Butte, Colorado, where residents are hopping mad over a clandestine deal to let Anheuser-Busch turn their ski town into a living Bud Light commercial.

John Holl asked some of his fellow beer writers, “if beer were invented today, what would it look like?” The answers may surprise you.

Heavy late-summer rains in Montana and Idaho have ruined much of the barley crop. A disappointing barley harvest could translate into higher beer prices next year.

Are you ready for some football? The folks at Thrillist are, and they’ve picked a local beer for each of the National Football League’s 32 teams.

Add chili pepper-infused beers to the list of craft brewing trends. USA Today’s Mike Snider reviews some popular chili beers, including one made with extra-potent ghost peppers.

Raise a glass to Jake Leinenkugel, who is retiring as the brewery’s CEO. According to a hometown journalist, Leinenkugel has earned a place in craft brewing history.

Finally, Marc Confessore of Staten Island showed us how not to pair food and beer. He got caught trying to sneak four cases of Heineken and 48 packages of bacon out of a grocery store.

Black Star Beer Barter

What would people do for a year’s supply of free beer? Quite a lot, it turns out. People from as far away as the South Pacific made their way to Whitefish, Montana, to take part in last week’s beer-soaked outdoor talent show. Here’s the video:

The Tuesday Mash (News Glut Edition)

Because it’s Ludwig’s job to keep you informed.

We begin in Whitefish, Montana, where the Black Star Brewery has launched its latest contest. Tell Black Star what you would barter to win a trip for two to Montana plus free beer for a year.

Watch out, Guinness. Camden Town Brewing, a London micro, wants to challenge Guinness Stout’s domination of the British stout market. Camden Town’s brew is called “Black Ink.”

Kai Olson-Sawyer of EcoCentric.com gives us two more reasons to “drink locally”: microbreweries strengthen communities, and have a positive impact on the environment as well.

The Mother Road Brewing Company of Flagstaff, Arizona, is not only located on an older alignment of Route 66, but three of beers’ names are inspired by the famous highway.

SeriousEats.com pays attention to an underappreciated style–namely, American Brown Ale. Nick Leiby says there are plenty of good versions to choose from.

Eric Asimov of the New York Times took note of the popularity of sour beers in America. He and his friends’ favorite was a Kriek ale from Cascade in Portland, Ore.

Finally, California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company brews its flagship a pale ale using a brewing method based on the Burton Union fermentation system. Why? Because
Englishman David Walker is in charge of brewing.

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