South Korea

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Approximate number of homebrewers in the U.S.: 1.2 million.
  • Proportion of homebrewers who took up the hobby since 2001: About 2/3.
  • Increase in the average price of American beer since 2003: 42 percent.
  • Increase in the average price of American mixed drinks since 2003: 51 percent.
  • Barrels of Modelo Especial shipped to the U.S. in 2014: 4.5 million.
  • Increase over 2009: 128.4 percent.
  • U.S hop production in 2015: 39,400 tons.
  • Increase over 2014: 11 percent.
  • Estimated value of the 2015 crop: $345.4 million.
  • Clydesdale horses owned by Anheuser-Busch: 175.
  • Cost of feeding a Clydesdale: $500 a month.
  • Beer’s share of South Korea’s alcoholic beverage market: 53.3 percent.
  • Soju’s (a hard liquor) share of South Korea’s alcoholic beverage market: 28.1 percent.
  • Freezing point of beer: 27 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Freezing point of ethanol: -170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The Friday Mash (College Football Edition)

    On this day in 1869, host Rutgers College defeated the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University), 6-4, in the first-ever intercollegiate football game. How much beer was consumed before and after the game is lost to history.

    And now….The Mash! 

    We begin in Richmond, Virginia, which is floating $23 million in bonds to finance the construction of a second plant for Stone Brewing Company.

    Pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who chugs cans of beer in the ring, has teamed up with El Segundo Brewing Company. The new beer is called Broken Skull IPA.

    A start-up company in Belfast has invented a a beer-making machine called the BrewBot, which takes care of temperature and liquid pumping on its own.

    Statistician Dr. Nathan Yau, using the website Flowing Data, figured out the most efficient route for taking a beer-tasting road trip around the continental U.S. The itinerary is 12,299 miles long.

    Cara, a Canadian beer bar chain, has rescinded a dress code that forced Bier Markt’s female servers to wear revealing dresses. Some believe Cara was violating Ontario’s civil-rights laws.

    South Korea’s exports in general have fallen but its beer exports are strong, partly because Iraqi Kurds and young Chinese drinkers prefer a beverage with a lower alcoholic content.

    Finally, struggling presidential candidate Lindsey Graham flubbed his stint tending bar before taking part in a debate in Colorado. Graham, whose father tended bar, served up a pint with 15 ounces of foam.

    The Friday Mash (Captain Cook Edition)

    On this day in 1770, sea captain James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, calling it “New South Wales.” Cook’s fleet carried four tons of beer, which were gone within a month of heading out.

    And now….The Mash! 

    We begin on U.S.-Canadian border, where Detroit’s Batch Brewing Company and Windsor, Ontario’s Motor Craft Ales are collaborating on Canucky Common, a Kentucky common ale.

    The beer fad of 2015 is alcoholic root beer. Products such as Not Your Dad’s Root Beer look and taste much like the soft drink, but the leading brands carry close to a 6-percent alcoholic punch.

    Blue Bell ice cream, beloved by southerners, is about to go back on the market. Carla Jean Whitley of AL.com recommends five pairings of Blue Bell and Alabama-brewed craft beer.

    South Korea’s parliament has made it easier for craft breweries to enter the market, but those breweries still struggle to comply with a host of other regulations.

    In addition to carnival rides a parade of presidential hopefuls, this year’s Iowa State Fair featured subfreezing draft beer. Air bubbles keep the liquid moving to keep the beer that cold.

    New Jersey-based Cape May Brewing is making a beer to celebrate Pope Francis’s visit to the United States this fall. It’s an India pale ale called YOPO (“You Only Pope Once”).

    Finally, the slogan “breakfast of champions” takes on a new meaning. General Mills, which trademarked it, is collaborating with Minneapolis’s Fulton Beer to create a beer called HefeWheaties.”

    Beer…By the Numbers

  • Number of breweries in the U.S. as of June 2013: 2,514.
  • Increase over a year ago: 422 (20.2 percent).
  • Increase over two years ago: 767 (43.9 percent).
  • South Korean brewers Hite and OB’s combined share of their country’s beer market: 96 percent.
  • South Korea’s beer tax: 72 percent (soon to be cut to 30 percent for small brewers).
  • Percent increase in Belgian beer exports during the last decade: 70.
  • Percent of Belgian beer production that is exported: 62.
  • Years since Boston Beer Company started brewing: 29.
  • Boston Beer Company’s production in 2012: 2.73 million barrels.
  • Beers released by Boston Beer Company in 2012: 80, including 55 released in-house.
  • Recent cost of a bushel of barley: $6.07.
  • Cost of a bushel of barley in 2010: $3.64.
  • Price range for a pound of hops: $5-$25.
  • Price range for a pound of malt: 40-80 cents.
  • Price of a case of 12-ounce empty bottles: $3.50.
  • The Friday Mash (Victory at Sea Edition)

    On this day in 1885, Chester Nimitz was born. Nimitz was Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and led the U.S. Navy to victory over Japan, in World War II. The best place to raise a glass to America’s last five-star admiral is at Oktoberfest in Nimitz’s hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas.

    And now…The Mash!

    We begin in Boston, where the makers of Samuel Adams beer are preparing a special 26.2 Brew for the Boston Marathon, which takes place Monday, April 16.

    In South Korea, the latest trend in licensed establishments is the self-service pub. Customers grab a table, select one of the 100 or so beers in the coolers, and settle their tab at the end of the night.

    It’s not too early to make summer travel plans. The Forbes Travel Guide has some suggestions: its list of top ten brewery tours worth a visit.

    The village of Melonsby, England, recently lost its mobile library, but the Black Bull Pub is trying to fill the void. It’s lending books to pub patrons, who can enjoy a book with their pint.

    What are the top three top-selling imported beers in the U.S.? The answer: (1) Corona, (2) Heineken, and (3) Modelo Especial. The latter brand has posted double-digit sales growth for the past 17 years.

    Curious about those bubbles in your beer? Don Russell, a/k/a Joe Sixpack, has 16 things to know about foam.

    Finally, Rob Dunn of Scientific American magazine, has written an intriguing blog post titled “Strong Medicine: Drinking Wine and Beer Can Help Save You from Cholera, Montezuma’s Revenge, E. Coli and Ulcers”.

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