Tournament of Roses Parade

The Friday Mash (Manifest Destiny Edition)

On this day in 1845, President James K. Polk announced to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West. That policy, which was given the name “Manifest Destiny,” eventually resulted in California, Oregon, and Washington joining the Union. Ask yourself this: where would craft brewing be without those three states?

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Pasadena, California, where the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade will step off without the Budweiser Clydesdales. It’s the first time since 1952 that Anheuser-Busch won’t be represented.

Now that the members of 1990s boy band Hanson are old enough to drink, they’ve launched their own beer. Its name?None other than “Mmmhop.”

Remember J. Wilson, the Iowa man who went on a doppelbock-only diet during Lent? He not only survived, but wrote a book about his experience. It’s titled Diary of a Part-Time Monk.

The sour beer craze has attracted the attention of Eric Asimov of the New York Times. He and his friends recently evaluated a number of sour beers, and rendered their judgment.

Ohio is “round at the ends and high in the middle,” and about to be populated by nearly a dozen new breweries, bringing the state’s brewery count to 70.

Fat Tire on the East Coast? That’s likely to happen now that New Belgium Brewing Company is choosing a site for its second brewery. Four cities, including Philadelphia and Asheville, North Carolina, are on the short list.

Finally, Adrian Tierney-Jones, who blogs at Called to the Bar, tackles this beery question: What is abbey ale? His conclusion: “I’m still not sure what an Abbey Ale is. Is there such a creature?”

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