The Friday Mash (Apple Edition)

Forty years ago today, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded what became Apple, Inc. Today, the Apple brand is considered the world’s most valuable, worth close to $120 billion.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Fort Worth, where fans of Louis Torres’s “beer can house” have just days to get a last look at it. Torres sold the house, which is likely to be leveled by developers.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that Anheuser-Busch InBev can sell beer with up to 0.03 percent less alcohol than advertised and still be in compliance with the law.

The World of Beer chain of beers is taking expansion to a new level. It has granted a franchise to Chinese investors, who plan to open three locations in Shanghai.

According to the UK’s Local Government Association, one way of curbing alcohol abuse is to make lower-alcohol beverages—i.e., beer—more widely available to drinkers.

Neal Ungerleider of Fast Company magazine reports on the status of Stone Brewing Company’s brewery in Berlin, and Stone’s effort to sell IPA to Germany’s conservative beer drinkers.

A couch potato’s dream happened in I-95 in Melbourne, Florida. A semi-trailer carrying Busch beer slammed into the back of another truck loaded with Frito-Lay products.

Finally, the owner of a Belgian beer bar in Philadelphia had these words for those who carried out the terror attacks in Brussels: “Heaven is an afterlife of Belgian beers, chocolates and frietjes that the terrorists shall never know.”

The Friday Mash

Our weekly feature: all the news that’s fit to blog!

The Beer Blog interviewed Mike Pellegrino, the author of Jersey Brew, The Story of Beer in New Jersey. We had to lead off with this story: Maryanne and Paul are the authors of Michigan Breweries and they both grew up in the Garden State.

After a six-year run, Jeff at Stonch’s Beer Blog has called time on his blogging. That’s the bad news. The good news is that The Gunmakers, the Clerkenwell (London EC1) pub he fell in love with and eventually bought, is very much alive and well.

Mikkeller, which The Danish Beer Enthusiasts elected that country’s best brewery in 2008, likes to “seek and explore new limits.” Not satisfied with brewing Denmark’s most potent beer, the brewery is in the process of brewing a beer with the theoretical IBU at 1,000. We can’t wait to read the reviews of this one.

Finally, reports on an emerging beer culture in Shanghai. Several intrepid craft brewers are already doing business, and last month the Brewers Association sent over a delegation to spread the word about American craft beer.

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