The Friday Mash (Wall Street Journal Edition)

On this day in 1889, the first edition of the Wall Street Journal was published. With a total of 2.4 million print and digital subscribers, the Journal is the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in the Bay Area, where David Kravets of Ars Technica magazine reviews Heineken’s new “Brewlock” technology. Brewlock consists of a rubbery bladder that holds the beer inside a plastic centrifuge. Compressed air pumped into the centrifuge forces out the beer before air can mix with it.

In Ephraim, Wisconsin, beer is legal for the first time since 1853, when it was founded by Norwegian Moravians. Efforts to overturn the beer ban failed in 1934 and 1992.

The mayor of Zaragoza, Mexico, says there’s no water for consumption by its residents. He blames Constellation Brands’ brewery, which uses the water to brew Corona and brands of beer.

A Microsoft recruiter messaged a “bae intern”, inviting him or her to an Internapalooza after-party with “noms”, “dranks”, and “Yammer beer pong tables”. A company spokesperson called the message “poorly worded”.

The “world’s oldest payslip,” which dates back 5,000 years, reveals that some laborers in ancient Mesopotamia opted to be paid in beer for their work.

After Wales made it to the semifinals of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Budweiser celebrated the team’s success by treating every Welsh adult to a beer.

Finally, Matt Cunningham is growing hops and barley on his farm, a big step toward a beer brewed with all Ohio ingredients. Sounds perfect for Ohio State football games, where beer will be sold stadium-wide this fall.

The Friday Mash (Monopoly Edition)

Seventy-five years ago today, Parker Brothers acquired the rights to the board game Monopoly, whose street names are based on Atlantic City. Things in A.C. have changed a bit since 1935. Illinois Avenue was renamed Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. in the 1980s. St. Charles Place no longer exists. And free parking? Fogettaboutit.

And now…The Mash!

You’ll have to pass “Go” four times to buy a bottle of Antarctic Nail which, at $800, has displaced BrewDog’s The End of History as the most expensive beer in the world.

Ever wondered what beer goes best with KFC? Mark Dredge, who blogs at Pencil & Spoon, tried an assortment of brews with KFC, as well as a Big Mac.

Pete Brown has been blogging by video, and the second in his video series was shot in Wales. Brown’s travels included a brewery in Brecon and pubs in Cardiff and Abergavenny.

Is Westvleteren 12 about to appear on Belgian store shelves? The answer is yes…and no, according to Stan Hieronymus.

Oceanside Ale Works got business advice–in person–from Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company. It’s part of a new series, “The Mentor,” which debuts today on Bloomberg Television.

Finally, “Puck Daddy,” the hockey blogger at Yahoo Sports, compares the cost of beer at NHL arenas. The costliest brews are served in Montreal. And no, they don’t accept Monopoly money.

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