Beer…By the Numbers

  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Lausanne, Switzerland: $17.60 (highest in the world).
  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in New York City: $9.22.
  • Average price of a 1/3-liter draft beer in Bratislava, Slovakia: $2.80.
  • Average cost of a pint of beer in 2016: $3.99.
  • Average cost (adjusted for inflation) of a pint of beer in 1952: $5.93.
  • Craft beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6 percent.
  • Imported beer’s sales growth in the first half of 2016: 6.7 percent.
  • Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Michelob Ultra: 2.6.
  • Grams of carbohydrates in a bottle of Bud Light: 6.6.
  • Pounds of spent grain produced by New Belgium Brewing at its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery: 73 million.
  • Spent grain’s share of brewery by-products: 85 percent.
  • Style categories in this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition: 96.
  • Estimated number of beers expected to be entered in this year’s GABF competition: 7,000.
  • Beers to be poured at this weekend’s Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival: 1,107.
  • Breweries that will pour at the MBG Summer Beer Festival: 125.
  • The Friday Mash (I Like Ike Edition)

    On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. After a distinguished military career, during which he rose to the rank of five-star general, “Ike” entered politics and became the 34th president of the United States. Eisenhower’s legacy includes the Interstate Highway System, which has been a godsend to modern-day beer travelers.

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Slovakia, where the makers of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) beer voice their opinion about bailing out Greece–they’re against it–in this television commercial.

    Scotland’s BrewDog brewery has hit a new low. Its new Sunk Punk pale ale, which features maritime ingredients, was fermented at the bottom of the North Sea, more than 60 feet beneath the surface.

    After a long and successful run at Salt Lake City’s Squatters Pub Brewery, brewer Jen Talley is moving on. Her next stop is the Redhook Ale Brewery.

    The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau is making the case for hosting the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference. It promises that “You’ll be welcomed and doted upon” in Indy.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which has already honored jazz artist Miles Davis and bluesman Richard Johnson, will celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with a Belgian-style beer called “Faithfull Ale.”

    Don Russell, a/k/a Joe Sixpack, calls it “the other smoked beer.” It’s beer made from cannabis plants. He tried to review it, but suffered short-term memory loss.

    Finally, Ludwig insisted that we mention the third annual Lion Lager Beer Festival, which takes place in Zimbabwe this weekend. The festivities include performances by reggae artists flown in from Jamaica.

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