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The Friday Mash (No-Smoking Edition)

Forty-seven years ago today, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Smoking Act. It required the placement of Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products, and banned cigarette advertising on television and radio. Those of a certain age still remember the jingles, however.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the newly-opened Moby Dick Brewing Company pays homage to the city’s whaling industry and especially, the Herman Melville classic.

In Indianapolis, a beer bar called Kingmakers offers a selection of 500 board games to play with friends. Kingmakers’ “board game sommeliers” double as servers and game instructors.

Michigan’s brewery count is approaching 300–which is a lot of competition for shelf space. Representatives of two of the state’s grocery chains explain how they decide what to carry.

Your next layover could be an opportunity to introduce yourself to some new beer. has compiled a list of nine American airports that pour beer from local craft breweries.

Growler USA is coming to your home state. The Denver-based beer bar chain has 40 franchised locations under development, and expects to sell another 200 franchises nationwide in 2018.

Can you name the ten oldest beers in America? All ten date back to the 19th century—1829 in the case of Yuengling Lager, the country’s oldest—and managed to survive Prohibition.

Finally, Stone Brewing Company earned rave reviews for its Full Circle Pale Ale. What makes this beer unusual is that it was made with recycled and purified wastewater that had previously been used in taps, toilets and showers.

Beer…By the Numbers

  • MolsonCoors’s market share in the U.S.: 30 percent.
  • Craft breweries’ market share in Oregon: 30 percent.
  • Events scheduled for the upcoming Arizona Beer Week: more than 150.
  • Annual U.S. craft beer exports: about 42,000 barrels.
  • Barrels exported by Stone Brewing last year: 22.
  • American craft brewers currently operating a brewery in Europe: 0 (Stone is hoping to change that in the near future).
  • State tax on a barrel of beer in Wyoming: 2 cents.
  • Years since Wyoming raised the beer tax: 75.
  • Years since it was legal to order a beer in Russell Township, Ohio: 90 (the ban was finally lifted this month).
  • Cost of a case of beer at an Ontario provincial store: $25.95, plus deposit.
  • Lowest price seen (so far) for a 20-bottle case of half-liter bottles of beer in Germany: 4 euros (equivalent U.S. price: $4.72 a case).
  • Average cost of a pint of bitter in Britain: £2.68 (about $4.20).
  • Pub closures per week in Britain: 29.
  • Increase in pub take-away beer sales in parts of Queensland hit by Cyclone Yasi: 25 percent.
  • Alcoholic content of BrewDog’s Sink the Bismarck: 41 percent.
  • Price of a ticket to this year’s edition of SAVOR: $110.
  • The Friday Mash (Beer Hunter Edition)

    On March 27, 1942, Michael Jackson was born. So tomorrow, Maryanne, Paul, and Ludwig plan to break out a Fuller’s Vintage Ale that we’ve saved for that special occasion and offer a toast to The Beer Hunter.

    And now…The Mash!

    In London, Pete Brown was treated to a pleasant surprise: an authentic German beer hall called the Bavarian Beer House. Pete’s reaction to Obatzda, a Bavarian comfort food, is hilarious.

    Another interesting collaboration ale is in the fermenter. It’s Biere De L’Amitie (”Friendship Brew”) a blond Belgian strong ale brewed by Green Flash Brewing Company of San Diego and Brasserie St. Feuillien of Belgium. Its American release will take place in June at O’Brien’s in San Diego. (Hat tip: Todd Alstrom of

    The British government is sending mixed messages. On one hand, the Minister for Pubs has announced a 12 point reform plan to stem the tide of closures. But on the other hand, the government’s new budget calls for another hike in the beer tax.

    No fooling. Stone Brewing Company kicks off distribution to the Chicago area April 1, and will celebrate with a series of events at Chicago-area establishments.

    Get on the bus! Stu Stuart of “Belgian Beer Me” is offering bus tours devoted to Belgian beer. He’s got several to choose from. (Hat tip: the crew at Beer School.)

    Finally, a couple of items from the bookshelf:

    Rick Lyke reviews 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die by Adrian Tierney-Jones. Rick’s got a head start on the rest of us, having tasted more than 400 of the beers mentioned in the book.

    And Stan Hieronymus has written another book, Brewing With Wheat. Paul loved Brew Like a Monk, and he’s looking forward to savoring Stan’s latest effort (hat tip: Jack “Liquid Diet” Curtin).

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