The Simpsons

The Friday Mash (Magic Kingdom Edition)

Sixty years ago today, Walt Disney unveiled his theme park, Disneyland, on national television. The “Magic Kingdom” has attracted more than 650 million guests—more than any other amusement park in the world—since it opened.

And now….The Mash! 

We begin in Asheville, North Carolina, where the sold-out Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference is taking place at the Four Points Hotel. Ludwig couldn’t attend, but he’ll be there in spirit.

21st Century Fox, which owns The Simpsons franchise, has licensed Duff beer. For the time being, Duff will only be available in Chile, where bootleg versions of the brand have been turning up on store shelves.

Lawmakers in a number of states passed beer-friendly legislation this year. Mike Pomeranz of Yahoo! Food explains what happened in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and West Virginia.

Oh, the agony of defeat. Australia’s cricket team was so frustrated by its 169-run defeat at the hands of England in a Test match that it refused the host country’s offer of post-match beers.

Illustrator/animator Drew Christie has created a four-minute-long history lesson titled “The United States of Beer”, in which he offers a modest proposal: a cabinet-level Secretary of Beer.

Here’s another reason to book that trip to Honolulu. Maui Brewing Company will open a brewpub in Waikiki. It will be located in the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber.

Finally, Kathy Flanigan and Chelsey Lewis of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel take you on a beer tour of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. It includes plenty of history, and features a visit to “The Troll Capital of the World.”

The Friday Mash (Blues and Brews Edition)

Eighty-five years ago today, blues guitarist B.B. (short for “Blues Boy”), King was born in Mississippi. Rolling Stone magazine ranked King the third-greatest guitarist of all time, adding that he influenced nearly electric blues guitarist who followed him. The blues lend themselves to beer drinking, which is why there are dozens of blues-themed beer festivals on our calendar.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Konopkivka, Ukraine, where a health spa offers therapeutic beer baths–one of many unconventional treatments available in town.

The business website 24/ has a list of “eight beers Americans no longer drink”. All of them are macrobrews that have suffered a significant loss of market share.

Beer writer John Holl recently contributed to a Wall Street Journal article on heartland travel, offering a craft beer and pub grub trip that takes in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison.

Here’s a new way to recycle beer cans. Jerry Stone of the Discovery Channel shows how an empty can will boost your wi-fi signal. Don’t try this after drinking.

If you’ve got a winning Powerball ticket lying around, cash it immediately, then buy some of the world’s most expensive beers.

Why did the creators of “The Simpsons” call that beer “Duff”? Ex-Guns ‘N Roses bassist Duff McKagan claims that he inspired its name.

Finally, British beer drinkers have good reason to sing the blues. A study shows that since 1987, the price of a pint has risen much faster than prices in general.

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