San Diego Beer Week

The Friday Mash (Fantasia Edition)

Seventy-five years ago today marked the premiere of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. The animated film opened to mixed reviews, but it is now considered one of the classic animated films of all time.

And now….The Mash! 

We begin in Great Britain, where a 2002 law granting excise tax breaks caused a proliferation of breweries. The country has more than 1,300, and ranks first world-wide in breweries per capita.

Football fans will soon see something new in Bud Light commercials. The National Football League has changed its rules to allow the use of game footage involving active players.

In Oregon, the craft brewing and newly-legalized marijuana industries have something in common: a proliferation of start-up businesses.

Guinness will soon become an all-vegan beer. The brewery will stop using isinglass, a by-product of the fishing industry that’s used to clarify the beer and make yeast settle faster.

Boston-area entrepreneur Adam Oliveri has started a boutique beer distribution business. His Craft Collective has already signed distribution contracts with 16 craft breweries from the Northeast.

How dangerous is a “beer belly”? Depends on one’s fat distribution. Otherwise slim people with a beer belly run a much greater risk of serious health problems than obese people with one.

Finally, San Diego Beer Week isn’t just an opportunity to taste great beer. It also gives new breweries a chance to introduce themselves. More than half of San Diego County’s 115 breweries are less than three years old.

San Diego Beer Week

Here’s a promotional film that made its debut after the inaugural San Diego Beer Week in 2009. The 2011 edition kicked off Friday morning–yes, morning–at various locations in and around San Diego:

San Diego Beer Week 2009 Promotional Video from Aaron Brown on Vimeo.

Beer in America’s Finest City

San Diego Beer Week kicks off tomorrow afternoon with the annual Brewers Guild Festival at Liberty Station. More than 30 San Diego-area breweries will be pouring, and there will be food and live entertainment.

The folks at were at last year’s festival. Let’s go straight to the video.

2009 San Diego Brewer’s Guild Fest from SD Brewers Guild on Vimeo.

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