Qingdao Brewery

The Friday Mash (Public Enemy Edition)

On this day in 1934, John Dillinger was shot dead by federal agents at the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Dillinger’s claim to infamy is robbing banks, but he has a connection to craft beer. The Crown Brewing Company in Crown Point, Indiana, is located next to the jail from which Dillinger escaped using a carved wooden gun.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Qingdao, China, where transplanted Scotsman John Clark takes us to the city’s eponymous brewery. The tour includes a museum, a beer hall, and a room that simulates drunkenness–even if you haven’t indulged.

In Canada, beer spas for guys are catching on. For C$100, an Ontario spa will give you a 75-minute Malt and Barley Scrub & Soak treatment, which includes a cold beer while bathing.

Why does New Hampshire have the nation’s highest per capita beer consumption? Craft breweries, tourism, and last but definitely not least, low “sin” taxes.

Terry Smith of the Athens (Ohio) News takes a trip down Memory Lane, reflecting on his “starter beers”: Stroh’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a Mexican brew called Magna Carta.

Keir Graff rattles a few cages with an article in Time Out Chicago entitled Has Craft Beer Gone Too Far?. He loves craft beer, but says its culture can get oppressive.

The heirs of brewing’s Busch family are coming out of exile. They’re reportedly close to breaking ground for a new brewery in downtown St. Louis.

Finally, Travel + Leisure’s survey ranking Philadelphia the nation’s 17th best beer city infuriated drinks blogger G-LO, who offered 50 reasons why Philly is one of America’s greatest beer towns.

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