The Wednesday Mash (Year-End Clearance Edition)

Ludwig is on Christmas break, and won’t be back until January 4. In the meantime, Maryanne and Paul are filling in for him.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Richmond, Virginia, where it’s been a banner year for craft beer. Four new breweries and a meadery have opened their doors; and Stone Brewing Company will start up next spring.

Anheuser-Busch is giving Bud Light cans a makeover. Alissa Walker of Gizmodo.com says the can’s new design signals an end to the brand’s frat-boyish “Whatever” campaign.

Responding to a new Indonesian law banning beer sales in convenience stores, Diageo is brewing a non-alcoholic version of Guinness to be sold in that country. It’s called “Guinness Zero.”

More than 30 Arizona breweries are collaborating on an all-female-brewed beer. It’s a red IPA, and proceeds from its sale will go to Go Red for Women, an American Heart Association charity.

Despite Zimbabwe’s economic collapse, people are finding solace in beer. Observers say that bars in the capital city, Harare, are packed with holiday revelers.

Manhattan resident Leif Nelson has sued Miller Brewing Company for falsely representing that Foster’s is brewed in Australia. Brewing operations were moved to Texas in 2011.

Finally, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found that people drink more on days when they exercise more. Perhaps they’re drinking to extend the “buzz” that physical activity brings.

The Friday Mash (Tiffany’s Edition)

On this day in 1837, the retailer now known as Tiffany’s was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The founders called their store a “stationery and fancy goods emporium.” However, Tiffany’s didn’t serve breakfast, let alone Founder’s Breakfast Stout.

And now….The Mash! 

We begin in Sacramento, where the inaugural California Craft Beer Summit took place. This two-day festival attracted the biggest names in craft brewing, who talked about the state of the industry.

Listen up, class. Sylvester Schneider, the owner of Zum Schneider in New York City, has prepared a video to show you how to pour wheat, pilsner, and lager beer like a German.

A boarding school in Zimbabwe has slapped a ban on breakfast cereal. Students mixed it with brown sugar, water, and yeast, then left it in the sun to ferment into beer.

The recipes for New Belgium Brewing Company’s dubbel and trippel Belgian-style ales are getting a makeover. The changes, which include a different yeast strain, will make the beers more authentically Belgian tasting.

A video of six Scottish men, drinking beer at the bottom of a swimming pool while on vacation in Florida, was viewed more than 1.8 million times on YouTube in the week after it was posted.

Greg Koch, the founder of Stone Brewing Company, is stepping down as CEO. He’ll stay on as executive chairman, and he promises not to sell out to one of the big breweries.

Finally, even though China is a huge beer market, intense competition has made it tough for breweries to make much of a profit. That problem could get worse as the country’s economy slows.

The Friday Mash (I Like Ike Edition)

On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. After a distinguished military career, during which he rose to the rank of five-star general, “Ike” entered politics and became the 34th president of the United States. Eisenhower’s legacy includes the Interstate Highway System, which has been a godsend to modern-day beer travelers.

And now…The Mash!

We begin in Slovakia, where the makers of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) beer voice their opinion about bailing out Greece–they’re against it–in this television commercial.

Scotland’s BrewDog brewery has hit a new low. Its new Sunk Punk pale ale, which features maritime ingredients, was fermented at the bottom of the North Sea, more than 60 feet beneath the surface.

After a long and successful run at Salt Lake City’s Squatters Pub Brewery, brewer Jen Talley is moving on. Her next stop is the Redhook Ale Brewery.

The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau is making the case for hosting the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference. It promises that “You’ll be welcomed and doted upon” in Indy.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which has already honored jazz artist Miles Davis and bluesman Richard Johnson, will celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with a Belgian-style beer called “Faithfull Ale.”

Don Russell, a/k/a Joe Sixpack, calls it “the other smoked beer.” It’s beer made from cannabis plants. He tried to review it, but suffered short-term memory loss.

Finally, Ludwig insisted that we mention the third annual Lion Lager Beer Festival, which takes place in Zimbabwe this weekend. The festivities include performances by reggae artists flown in from Jamaica.

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