The Bronx

The Friday Mash (NBA Edition)

On this day in 1946, the Basketball Association of America, the ancestor of today’s National Basketball Association, was organized in New York City. Fun fact: the first basket in league history was made by Ossie Schectman of the New York Knickerbockers in a game against the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Asheville, North Carolina. The big craft brewers building plants there are trying to be good neighbors to the home-grown breweries, who have welcomed the newcomers.

Beer will be brewed in the Bronx—New York City’s only mainland borough—after a nearly 50-year absence. The Bronx Brewery, which currently contracts out its production, will bring its operations home sometime next year.

The “Bottle Boys,” who play cover songs on beer bottles, are out with their latest: the 1982 Michael Jackson song, “Billie Jean”. Previous covers include Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Jacksonville, Florida, is the latest American city to create an Ale Trail for tourists. The trail includes a number of area micros, along with the Anheuser-Busch plant, which offers tours and a beer school.

The Boston Herald profiled Todd and Jason Alstrom, two guys from western Massachusetts who founded BeerAdvocate.com and organized the American Craft Beer Fest. Their motto is “Respect Beer.”

Dr. Paul Roof, a professor at Charleston Southern University, was fired by the school after his hirsute face appeared on cans of Holy City beer for a fund-raiser. CSU found that inconsistent with a Christian university.

Finally, a New Year’s resolution paid off for Justin “Bugsy” Sailor. Four years ago, Sailor resolved to have a beer with Sir Richard Branson. The two entrepreneurs finally clinked glasses last month.

The Friday Mash (KC Edition)

On this day in 1850, what is now known as Kansas City, Missouri, was established. It’s the home of the American Jazz Museum, the National World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City-style barbecue, and the Royals and Chiefs.

And now…The Mash!

We begin not in Kansas City, but in Philadelphia City where this evening, Philly Beer Week gets off to a rousing start with The Opening Tap, which will take place at the Independence Visitor Center. We’re sure the Founding Fathers would approve. Philadelphia beer writer Bryan Kolesar has more details about Beer Week itself.

Ninety miles to the north, in Manhattan, another opening takes place today: the Eataly rooftop brewery restaurant Birreria. MadParkNews.com was given a preview tour, and tells visitors what to expect.

Continuing our journey into the Bronx, two new breweries are operating. They are the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company. No word on whether either plans to sell its beer in–here it comes!–22-ounce Bronx Bombers.

Now to your backyard. Researchers at the University of Florida have found that mosquitoes are attracted to beer. However, the mosquitoes weren’t to state a brand preference.

Beer, of course, is the main attraction of Plzen in the Czech Republic. But as Evan Rail explains in the New York Times travel section, the city has attractions that non-drinkers will love.

Our next stop is the home of sour beer. Not, not Belgium, but Germany, the home of two classic styles: Leipziger Gose and Berliner Weisse.

Our travels conclude in–you guessed it–Kansas City, which is also the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewery. The beer pairs well with outdoor barbecue. So long as you watch out for mosquitoes.

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