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The Friday Mash (Typhoid Mary Edition)

A century ago today, a cook named Mary Mallon, better known as “Typhoid Mary,” was put in quarantine after infecting more than 50 people with the disease. She would remain in quarantine until her death in 1938.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in space—well, sort of. Ninkasi Brewing Company has released Ground Control Imperial Stout, brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise, cocoa nibs, and yeast that was launched by a rocket to an altitude of more than 77 miles.

Beer and driving usually don’t mix, but here’s an exception: The Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, England, has fashioned “The Beer Engine,” a motorcycle whose sidecar is a beer keg, complete with spigot.

Madison, Wisconsin, entrepreneur Kimberly Clark Anderson has found success making beer jelly. She recommends it as a topping for a variety of foods, from pork chops to pound cake to toast.

Nostalgic “retro” beers aren’t just an American phenomenon. On May 1, United Dutch Brewers will re-introduce Oranjeboom beer, a brand that was taken off the market a decade ago.

In South Carolina, beer tourism is becoming big business. Proximity to brewery-rich Asheville, and brewery-friendly state laws are the main reasons why.

Consumer prices are actually falling in Europe, including including the price of local beer. That’s especially good news for American tourists, as the U.S. dollar is at a 12-year high against the euro.

Finally, “Florida Man,” a less-than-complimentary description of Sunshine State males who behave bizarrely in public, is the name of a new double IPA from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing Company. The beer might have a built-in market: over 250,000 people follow #Floridaman’s Twitter feed.

The Friday Mash (Winchester Cathedral Edition)

On this day in 1093, England’s Winchester Cathedral was dedicated. Today, the cathedral is best known as Jane Austen’s burial place. You might also remember it from the New Vaudeville Band’s 1966 song “Winchester Cathedral.” If so, you need to pour yourself a beer. A big one. Immediately.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in New Zealand, where anti-alcohol groups are up in arms over a local brewery’s new “breakfast beer”. Imagine their reaction to Founders Breakfast Stout, which not only checks in at 8.3% ABV but also has a baby on the bottle label.

At long last, New York City’s Eataly is about to open. Kelly Snowden of Food and Wine magazine gives us a preview of Eataly’s beer garden.

A New York-based private equity firm that acquired Iron City Beer plans to revive the flagging brand in its hometown of Pittsburgh. The firm also plans to revive Olde Frothingslosh and J.J. Wainwright’s.

Thirsty Swagman, an Australian tour operator, is offering beer travel in space. Space on the sub-orbital flight with a maximum altitude of about 60 miles is going for $95,000 U.S. (beer included). Travelers shouldn’t worry about the calories because the trip will include five minutes of weightlessness.

Carlsberg moved its brewing operations out of downtown Copenhagen, but there’s a microbrewery at the old brewery site. Adrian Tierney-Jones tasted its beers at a dinner held in an art museum made possible by Carlsberg’s founding family.

It’s the end of the line for Anheuser-Busch’s 13.5-mile-long “beer railroad,” which it had operated since 1887. The railroad racked up a $700,000 loss last year, and is even deeper in the red this year.

Finally, if you’re a homebrewer with money to burn, the $1,900 Synergy Home Beer Brewing System is on the market. It’ll let you mash your own hops and barley, sparge the wort and then let it ferment. And the high mash tun will let you siphon the wort by gravity. But you’ll still have to drink the beer yourself.

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