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The Friday Mash (Hat Trick Edition)

One hundred and twenty years ago today, Ernie McLea of the Montreal Victorias scored the first hat trick in Stanley Cup play. His third goal, which clinched the Cup, led Montreal to a 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Victorias.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Oregon, where beer writer Brian Yaeger has come to the defense of McMenamins brewpub chain. Its 17 establishments have gotten nasty reviews from some customers.

Spain’s recent boom in craft beer has been good news to the town of Villanueva del Carrizo, which grows 99 percent of the country’s homegrown hops.

A new device being pilot-tested in Britain allows pub customers to avoid lining up for beer. A credit card, a debit card, or Apple Pay will get it to auto-dispense a pint.

In California, the proliferation of businesses selling alcohol—supermarkets, bookstores, and even nail salons—has public health advocates concerned about the potential for abuse.

Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to health problems, has been banned from sippy-cups and baby bottles. But it’s still used in beer cans because the government thinks it won’t harm adults

In 2012, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ended a 41-year-long ban on alcohol. Last week, the park expanded beer and wine sales to four more of its sit-down restaurants.

Finally, Montreal-based Kris Mychasiw might be the world’s smartest sports agent. He’s turned beer-milers Lewis Kent and Corey Bellemore pro, even though the sport doesn’t yet have a governing body.

The Wednesday Mash (Countdown to Christmas Edition)

Ludwig is on Christmas break, and won’t be back until January 4. Maryanne and Paul will be filling in for him. In the meantime, Ludwig left a plate of cookies, his heartiest Season’s Greetings, and an early version of…

The Mash!

We begin in Chicago, where Patti Wetli of DNAInfo.com takes us back to the Great Chicago Beer Riot of 1855. Hundreds of armed Germans stormed the city’s courthouse to protest the enforcement of liquor laws they considered anti-immigrant.

Queen City Q, a Charlotte-based chain of barbecue restaurants, has taken Anheuser-Busch products off the menu in protest of A-B’s allegedly pressuring distributors to stop handling craft beer.

Long Island’s Barrage Brewing Company has released two beers for Seinfield fans. They’re infused with Snickers and chocolate babka, foods that starred in the sitcom.

In Montreal, some cab drivers are competing with Uber by selling beer and cigarettes to passengers. Those sales are illegal, but the cabbies argue that Uber’s business model is illegal, too.

TravelPulse.com has compiled a scorecard of major U.S. airlines’ craft beer selections. Alaska and Delta Airlines lead the pack, Spirit Airlines ranked last, and Southwest Airlines showed the biggest improvement.

A federal appeals court has upheld an Indiana law that requires convenience stores to sell beer at room temperature. Liquor stores, which bar under-21s from entering, are allowed to sell cold beer.

Finally, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Beer Camp will return next year. The first stop on this six-city national tour will be Tampa on June 4. Sierra Nevada and 30 regional breweries will also brew a series of collaborative 12-packs.

Where’s the Cheapest Beer in Canada?

Today is Canada Day, the 144th anniversary of the British North America Act which created the Dominion of Canada. A perfect time to ask this question: where can you find the cheapest beer in Canada?

To find out, the journalists at OpenFile.ca contacted people across the country. The cheapest six-packs they found, at just over the provincial minimum price of C$5.96, are at convenience stores in Montreal. Calgary was the runner-up, with a six-pack going for $6.87. At the other end of the spectrum, expect to shell out $11.25 for a six-pack in Winnipeg; and in Vancouver, you’ll pay at least $11.49 for a sixer of national-brand beer.

Mondial de la Biere Wrap-Up

The 18th annual Mondial de la Biere in Montreal took place this past weekend, and Canadian beer writer Jordan St. John came away impressed. The festival has moved to a new venue, Place Bonaventure, which is large enough to accommodate the 136 breweries that took part. For the record, more than 600 beers were poured, and over a third of them were new to this festival. Festival-goers gave high marks to Quebec breweries, with Le Trou Du Diable, Hopfenstark, and Le Saint Bock among those highly recommended.

According to St. John, the beers poured at Mondial often become the trend in other parts of Canada. He drank his first black IPA in Montreal; and two years later, they were commercially available in Ontario. St. John also says that the trend at this year’s event was flavorful, low-alcohol styles. That’s good news for session beer fans on both sides of the border.

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