On this day in 1879, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many Woolworth stores in In Utica, New York. He unwittingly inspired the Marx Brothers’ routine in which Rufus T. Firefly suggested that Chicolini be given “ten years in Leavenworth, or 11 years in Twelveworth”; and Chicolini responded, “I’ll take five and ten in Woolworth.”
And now…The Mash!
We begin in Florida, where a 45-year-old law, passed as part of a turf war among big brewers, has the unintended effect of banning the sale of growlers. Lawmakers are trying to fix that.
FirstWeFeast.com has compiled a list of 12 celebrities who ought to be spokespersons for craft beer. They include Kat Dennings, the cast of How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, President Barack Obama.
You can buy a beer at many college basketball arenas, including seven of the 20 largest. Beer sales can bring in money through concession revenues, added ticket sales, or both.
Beer and video games have always gone together, but an arcade fighting game called Beercade goes one step farther. It rewards the winning combatant with a cup of beer.
To celebrate their city’s Beer Week, the San Francisco Brewers Guild has rolled out “Green Death”, a malt liquor inspired by the 50s-60s version of Rainier Ale. Paper bag not included.
Don’t expect Anheuser-Busch to advertise this anytime soon. According to a nationwide survey, beer is the favorite beverage of underage drinkers and Budweiser is their favorite brand.
Finally, if you have a ticket to tomorrow’s Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, John Serba of MLive.com has some friendly advice: dress warmly for 33-degree temperatures and snow flurries.
San Francisco Beer Week is just a month away, and a schedule of events has been posted on the Beer Week website.
Festivities kick off with an Opening Gala at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Beer from 30 northern California breweries will be served, and there will be a tapping of the San Francisco Brewers Guild’s 2010 collaborative beer, a barrel-aged Imperial Common.
Other events include a Double IPA Festival at the Bistro in Hayward; a tasting, hosted by beer judge David Teckam, at the Englander Pub in San Leandro; the Celebrator Beer News’s Anniversary Party at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley; “Meet the Brewer” nights with Rob Tod (Allagash) and Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River); beer brunches and beer dinners, and homebrewing demonstrations.