On this day in 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia completed its first test flight. The Space Shuttle program ended on July 21, 2011, when Atlantis completed the 135th and final flight. Atlantis is now on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
And now…The Mash!
We begin in Cobb County, Georgia, where the Atlanta Braves’ new ballpark, SunTrust Park, will serve “Chopsecutioner”. It’s an India pale ale that has been aged on Mizuno baseball bats.
Fox Sports Network mixes drinking and driving—sort of. It has compiled a gallery of NASCAR cars sponsored by beer companies over the years.
Stoney beer, a historic name in western Pennsylvania, is making a comeback. One of the new company’s owners is the great-grandson of William Benjamin “Stoney” Jones, for whom the beer is named.
Fans of the West Michigan Whitecaps in Grand Rapids voted “beer cheese poutine” their top ballpark snack. It features pork, beer cheese, and green onions over waffle fries.
Somerville (Massachusetts) Brewing Company has taken breakfast beer to the next level with Saturday Morning Ale, a Belgian-Style ale iinfused with Cap’n Crunch cereal’s Crunch Berries.
Prepare to be mesmerized! BusinessInsider.com has posted a time-lapse video of 12,400 gallons of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot barleywine fermenting over a six-day period.
Finally, Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings delivered a classy apology to an Ottawa Senators fan whose beer he spilled with his stick during pre-game warmups. Zetterberg went to the Wings’ bench, autographed a hockey stick, and presented it to the fan.
Here in Michigan, we’ve had a series of cold nights, some of them punctuated by frost and freeze warnings. But it won’t be long before May brings us sunshine, flowers, and best of all, the first Maibocks of the year. We can hardly wait.
And now…The Mash!
Athens, Georgia, is famous for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the B-52s, and now, the Terrapin Beer Company. John Cochran, co-founder of Terrapin, tells his story on CraftBeer.com.
Beer for dinner? According to Clay Risen of The Atlantic, the idea is catching on. Risen singles out Goose Island Beer Company for the attractive labels it puts on its high-end brews.
Jay, at Hedonist Beer Jive, donned his flame-proof jacket and named the five most boring topics in beer journalism. As you might have guessed, his column inspired some caustic commentary.
The folks at the Beer School blog think it’s time to give India pale ale a new name.
Yesterday, Paste magazine’s “List of the Day” focused on the best beer bars in America. Thirty establishments made the list, which is arranged by state. Writer Josh Jackson offered one criterion for a high-quality beer bar: “The bartender and waitstaff should be like record store clerks without the accompanying snobbery.”
Finally, in case you missed it, yesterday was Earth Day. Noah Davis of DraftMag.com spotlighted three of the many breweries that are doing their part to help the planet.