The Friday Mash (Liberator Edition)

On this day in 1783, Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” was born. Bolivar was instrumental role in making Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela independent of Spanish rule. Toast him with a glass of Polar beer, “The People’s Beer” of Venezuela.

And now….The Mash! 

We begin in Milwaukee, where Pabst Brewing Company is returning to its original location. Pabst’s owner, Eugene Kashper, says the brewery will new small-batch beers, based on Pabst’s archived recipes, while staying true to its roots.

A new Indiana law classifies retirement communities as homes, so they no longer need a liquor license to serve alcohol to residents. One problem not likely to occur: underage drinking.

Mark your calendars. Next year’s Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference will be held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. The dates are July 8-10.

Jackie Speier, a congresswoman from California, announced on her Facebook page that she’s introduced legislation that would allow the U.S. Postal Service to ship alcoholic beverages.

The clever folks at Printsome.com have designed beer labels to match the personalities of Facebook, Google, Nike, and 14 other highly recognizable corporations.

Yes, you can get an India pale ale—along with a host of other craft beers—in India. The subcontinent’s first brewpub, Doolally in the city of Pune, opened its doors in 2009. A slew of others have followed.

Finally, the Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma displays a bottle of Corona with a lime slice underneath an American flag. An unidentified woman ordered the Corona and placed it in front of an adjoining seat in honor of her brother, who was killed while on duty in Iraq.

The Friday Mash (Mike Royko Edition)

Fourteen years ago today, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike Royko died of a brain aneurysm. Royko, who grew up in Chicago, began his career covering that city’s colorful politicians. He was also fond of the Cubs, 16-inch softball, and having a few beers at the Billy Goat Tavern.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Tacoma, Washington, where a bar has stopped holding goldfish races after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals complained that drunken customers impaled swallowed the fish.

France’s Interior Ministry has banned riot police from drinking alcohol with their meal. Other government employees can still have beer, wine, or cider with their lunch.

In Fort Collins, Colorado, nine local brewers joined forces and created a beer to celebrate American Craft Beer with. The beer, which will debut May 16, will check in at about 6 percent ABV

John Miller of the Wall Street Journal wasn’t impressed with the non-alcoholic version of Hoegaarden, describing it as “akin to a watered-down lemon Fanta.” Ouch.

Don’t expect to find Taedonggang beer from Pyongyang, North Korea, on the tap list at your friendly local. Earlier this month, President Obama issued an executive order that further restricts the entry of North Korean goods into the United States.

Attention ladies! Ashley Rouston, the Beer Wench, has compiled a list (with photos) of the 20 most eligible bachelors of craft beer. Topping the list was Noah Regnery, the head brewer at Pizza Port Brewing Company.

Finally, if you’ve been invited to tomorrow’s royal wedding, don’t expect to find beer at the reception. The royal family has deemed it inappropriate for such a prestigious occasion. We can only imagine what Slats Grobnik, the character created by Mike Royko, would say about that.

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