South Durham Confection

The Friday Mash (Famous Detroiters Edition)

Two famous people associated with Detroit were born on this day: heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis (born 1914 as Joseph Louis Barrow), the first African American to become a national hero; and singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder (born 1950 as Steveland Hardaway Judkins), whose many honors include an Academy Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Frederick, Maryland, where it’s Beer Week. And, for the first time in 100 years, a beer has been brewed there with locally-grown barley. The beer is Amber Fields Best Bitter, and is on tap at Brewer’s Alley.

The U.S. Army is looking for a brewmaster at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. The pay is $22,000 a year and no, you don’t have to go through boot camp to get the job.

Roger Protz, the author of a forthcoming book about Burton ale–a beer even older than Bass–has enlisted the Otley Brewery to brew a modern version of the beverage, which will be released this month.

Would you pair beer and cookies? The owners of South Durham Confection think it’s a classic combination waiting to be discovered.

Attention investors! If it’s liquidity you’re after, Pittsburgh’s East End Brewing Company has a deal for you. Invest $1,000 toward the brewery’s expansion and you’ll get two years worth of pre-paid beer.

If you’ve ever wondered what beers pair best with sliders, Michael Agnew has the answer. Agnew’s a certified Cicerone, so listen up.

Finally, from the Guinness is Good For You Department, we learn that before she goes on stage to sing, Gwyneth Paltrow calms her nerves by downing a pint of Guinness.

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