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The Friday Mash (GW Bridge Edition)

On this day in 1931, the George Washington Bridge opened to traffic. This double-decker span over the Hudson River connects Manhattan with Fort Lee, New Jersey–a town now famous thanks to “Bridgegate.”

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Kansas City, where Boulevard Brewing Company will kick off its 25th anniversary celebration with the release of a special ale brewed in collaboration with Odell Brewing Company.

Chef David Chang made enemies thanks to a GQ magazine article declaring his hatred of “fancy beer”. Chang contends that craft beer has too intense a flavor to pair with his food.

Two hundred years ago, in London, eight women and children were killed by a flood of beer caused by an explosion at the Henry Meux & Company brewery. The disaster was ruled an “act of God.”

Why not turn your Halloween jack-o-lantern into a beer keg? All you need is a carving knife, a pumpkin carving kit, a Sharpie, a spigot, and beer—which need not be pumpkin beer.

William Bostwick, the Wall Street Journal’s beer critic, has written a book titled The Brewer’s Tale. In her review, Amy Stewart calls Bostwick “the very best sort of literary drinking buddy.”

In Papua New Guinea, which suffers 1.8 million cases of malaria every year, a brewery packs its beer in a box that contains eucalyptus, a natural mosquito repellent.

Finally, should the Great American Beer Festival give medals for best beer puns? CraftBeer.com’s Atalie Rhodes found these doozies on the list of medal winners. Our favorite is “Dubbel Entendre.”

The Friday Mash (Dance Fever Edition)

On this day in 1834, French artist Edgar Degas was born. Degas was famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with dancers, who accounted for more than half of his works.

And now (cue up the dance music)….The Mash!

We begin in Oak Park, Michigan, where City Council legalized beer and wine sales by the drink. The city voted itself dry in 1945.

No, it’s not your imagination. Mosquitoes love to attack beer drinkers Just one beer could make you more attractive to those pesky insects.

The way the Chicago Cubs are playing, their fans need a few cold ones. Fortunately, there’s an army of beer vendors to serve them. Wrigley Field ranks first in the major leagues for beer sales.

Now that Hogwarts graduates are old enough to drink something stronger than butterbeer, Foodbeast.com has come up with Harry Potter beers they wish were real.

According to the Washington Post, the nation’s capital is becoming a craft beer Mecca. One reason: D.C.’s liquor laws allow bars to buy directly from the brewery.

Comic-Con is underway in San Diego, and Stone Brewing Company has teamed up with actor, author and homebrewer Wil Wheaton to make a pecan-laced imperial stout for the event.

Finally, Redhook Ale Brewery and a Seattle-area micro are celebrating Washington State’s legalization of marijuana with Joint Effort Hemp Ale. Its tap handle looks like a giant yellow bong.

The Friday Mash (KC Edition)

On this day in 1850, what is now known as Kansas City, Missouri, was established. It’s the home of the American Jazz Museum, the National World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City-style barbecue, and the Royals and Chiefs.

And now…The Mash!

We begin not in Kansas City, but in Philadelphia City where this evening, Philly Beer Week gets off to a rousing start with The Opening Tap, which will take place at the Independence Visitor Center. We’re sure the Founding Fathers would approve. Philadelphia beer writer Bryan Kolesar has more details about Beer Week itself.

Ninety miles to the north, in Manhattan, another opening takes place today: the Eataly rooftop brewery restaurant Birreria. MadParkNews.com was given a preview tour, and tells visitors what to expect.

Continuing our journey into the Bronx, two new breweries are operating. They are the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company. No word on whether either plans to sell its beer in–here it comes!–22-ounce Bronx Bombers.

Now to your backyard. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that mosquitoes are attracted to beer. However, the mosquitoes weren’t to state a brand preference.

Beer, of course, is the main attraction of Plzen in the Czech Republic. But as Evan Rail explains in the New York Times travel section, the city has attractions that non-drinkers will love.

Our next stop is the home of sour beer. Not, not Belgium, but Germany, the home of two classic styles: Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse.

Our travels conclude in–you guessed it–Kansas City, which is also the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewery. The beer pairs well with outdoor barbecue. So long as you watch out for mosquitoes.

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