Pope Benedict XVI

The Friday Mash (Friendly Confines Edition)

One hundred and fifty years ago today, William Wrigley, Jr., was born. Wrigley owned Catalina Island; the Wm Wrigley Jr. Company, the maker of chewing gum; and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs still play–unfortunately, quite badly–in the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Cincinnati, where Opening Day is next April 6. However, the Moerlein Lager House, which is near the ballpark, will get a two-month head start on the Reds. It will serve eight mainstay beers, plus a rotating monthly special.

Just in time for the Great American Beer Festival, Laura Bly of USA Today takes us along the Colorado Beer Trail. Her article has bonus video of the Boulder Beer Bus.

When Pope Benedict XVI visited Germany, a brewery in Berlin made a “Papst Bier” in his honor. Before serving the beer, brewery staff “ensouled” it with Gregorian chants played on a ghetto blaster.

British bloggers Boak and Bailey report that their country’s breweries have gone through the archives to find pre-1970s beer recipes to re-introduce to a new generation of drinkers.

What do Denver’s food trucks and breweries have in common with the oxpecker birds and zebras? As Billy Broas of Billybrew.com explains, each gains an advantage from cooperating with the other.

From the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Department, a Washington, D.C. resident had to apologize for bringing a case of beer to the firefighters who put out a blaze in his house. The firefighters didn’t drink the beer while on duty, but still face disciplinary action.

Finally, Detroit fans toasting the playoff-bound Tigers have a new place to raise a glass: Tashmoo, a pop-up beer garden that features a rotating lineup of Michigan-brewed micros.

Beer News From the British Isles

You can get there from here, but barely. Barm, who blogs at I Might Have a Glass of Beer, visited a pub outside Glasgow: “It’s a 15 minute train journey and a 20 minute cycle from the nearest station to the pub. Not as far as it looks, though we got lost in the forest the first time.”

Will Hawkes, who writes for The Independent, wishes the beer selection at English football matches was a good as that at major league ballparks.

Is Lymington the snootiest place in England? Its well-heeled residents successfully stopped a J.D. Weatherspoons from opening a pub in their seaside town. One reason was that cheap beer would draw the wrong clientele.

Finally, a tiny British micro has answered a higher calling, brewing a beer for the Pope’s upcoming visit to the UK. It’s called “Benedict’s Brew.”

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