Pale Ale

The Friday Mash (Spanish Inquisition Edition)

On this day in 1834, the Spanish parliament formally disbanded the Inquisition, which was created in 1480 by monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. It was revived in 1970 by the Monty Python troupe—when no one was expecting it.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Amsterdam, which is having a rainy summer. That’s good new for a group of entrepreneurs who are gathering rainwater and using to brew a pale ale called “Hemelswater: code blond”.

The newly-opened Tilted Mash Brewing got a big boost from judges at this year’s California State Fair. A third-place showing in the competitive Pale Ale category gave the brewery instant credibility.

Beer, then whiskey. Chicago’s Wander North Distillery is distilling beer mash from its next-door neighbor, Northgate Brewing. The first whiskey in the series is called Uncharted 1.

William Turton and Bryan Mengus of Gizmodo.com tried three popular brands of non-alcoholic beer. The best of the three “tasted like carbonated water with some beer flavoring thrown in”, the worst was “disgusting”.

Engineers at Heineken have discovered a way to dispense beer at high altitudes. Once the airline gets the necessary safety certificates, it will start serving in-flight draft beer.

How intense has beer trademark litigation gotten? Twelve lawyers filed challenges to Candace Moon’s application to trademark the phrase “Craft Beer Attorney”.

Finally, two IT consultants from Michigan have developed an app for beer festivals. It allows festival-goers to see what beers are available, develop a customized list, and rate the beers after tasting them.

The Friday Mash (Sultan of Swat Edition)

A century ago today, George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major-league debut. Starting on the mound for the Boston Red Sox, he defeated Cleveland, 4-3. By 1919, Ruth was moved to the outfield so he—and his potent bat—could be in the lineup every day. And the rest, as they say, is history.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Lewes, Delaware, where Dogfish Head Artisan Ales has opened a beer-themed motel. The Dogfish Inn offers beer-infused soaps, logo glassware, and pickles for snacking.

Fans attending next Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis can buy self-serve beer. New Draft-Serv machines will offer a choice not only of brands but also the number of ounces in a pour.

Moody Tongue Brewing, a brand-new micro in Chicago, offers a beer made with rare black truffles. A 22-ounce bottle of the 5-percent lager carries a hefty retail price of $120.

Fast Company magazine caught up with Jill Vaughn, head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch’s Research Pilot Brewery. She’s experimented with offbeat ingredients ranging from pretzels to ghost peppers.

Entrepreneur Steve Young has developed beer’s answer to Keurig. His Synek draft system uses cartridges of concentrated beer which, when refrigerated, keep for 30 days.

Brewbound magazine caught up with Russian River Brewing Company’s owner Vinnie Cilurzo, who talked about Pliny the Elder, quality control, and possible future expansion of the brewery.

Finally, cue up the “final gravity” puns. Amateur rocketeers in Portland, Oregon, will launch a full keg of beer to an altitude of 20,000 feet. Their beer of choice? A pale ale from Portland’s Burnside Brewery.

Is Pale Ale Getting Its Mojo Back?

Pale ale was the style that put Sierra Nevada on the map and introduced millions of Americans to craft beer. In recent years, it’s been eclipsed by India pale ale and IPA’s bigger, more imperial brothers. However, according to Greg Kitsock of the Washington Post, reports of pale ale’s death are exaggerated. Victory Brewing Company, spotting an “unoccupied niche,” has added Headwaters Pale Ale to the lineup; and, at the other end of the country, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, famous for its unfiltered wheat beer, brought out Drifter Pale Ale a few years ago.

We have it on good authority that summer will eventually come. Really. When it does, you’ll be looking for alternatives to high-gravity beer. Perhaps it’s time to give pale ale another try. Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall back in love with it.

The Friday Mash (The Sun Also Rises Edition)

On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize (1954) for literature. Hemingway is credited with these friendly words of advice: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

And now…The Mash!

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting story about beer tasters. Turns out that women might be better at the job because they’re more sensitive about the levels of flavor.

Alan McLeod, of A Good Beer Blog, reviews 500 Beers by Zak Avery.

Pete Brown is still scratching his head over A-BInBev’s latest product, Stella Artois Black–which, of course, is golden-colored.

Shannon Armour, writing in the Phoenix New Times, lists Ten Beers That Go Great for Breakfast. Heading the list: What else? Founders Breakfast Stout.

Readers of Zymurgy magazine once again voted Pliny the Elder the Best Commercial Beer in America.

The latest issue of Raconteur, a special section of the British newspaper The Times, was devoted to beer. Some of the U.K.’s best beer writers contributed to it.

Finally, a story just in time for Independence Day. A New York Times tasting panel rates American pale ales. Best in show: Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Pale Ale.

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