Merrimack New Hampshire

Health & Happiness

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A CAMPBELL’S SOUP ARTICLE planned this week had to be postponed.  The reference material was eaten before pictures could be taken.  We can report, in preview, sodium levels seem to be lower.  The tester was of the expired variety, not unknown in this house.  A bit tinny but warming with nighttime winds of -15˚ buffeting the windows.

The East Coast has been icebound for days.  We’re informed a heat wave is on its way.  Wind-chill temperatures are expected to soar into the balmy single digits by midday.  Commerce never ground to a complete halt, but was quieted for several revolutions.

Enforced lethargy is about to have its restrictive shell shattered.  After this last cup of java, it is time for severe weather gear.  A broken drain deep under a commercial kitchen floor is keeping Jerry from emptying his mop bucket.  Measure, estimate, sell.  With cast iron work on the horizon, we have another Charlotte article in the making.

Two national lotteries located winners this weekend.  Over a billion annuity dollars dispensed.  Yesterday’s Powerball drawing found a Merrimack NH winner.  Our first thought is of the Anheuser Busch brewery in Merrimack, now producing a delicious Bass Ale for domestic health and consumption.  Over the pond, our cousins report this effort to be passable. 

Two dollars get you balcony seating to dream of millions within a country-sized arena.  It doesn’t take much to feel a winner, though.  A roof, some clothes, a bit of vittles from time to time, someone who cares, and perhaps purpose for the ambitious.  And now, a kick out the door, please.  There’s money to be made.

Bass Ale

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MERRIMACK, NEW HAMPSHIRE  is home to a smaller of the dozen Anheuser-Busch breweries.  With their world-touring Budweiser Clydesdale team also in residence, you’d think the town has its share of glory.  But within the dizzying array of acquisitions and mergers, AB InBev ended up with one of the United Kingdom’s best exports, Bass Ale.

For the American market, Bass Ale, once the best-selling beer in the world, is made in this country.  AB InBev have pledged funding to support the Bass brand in America, and since June 2012, Bass has been brewed in Merrimack, New Hampshire at 5% ABV for the American market. – wiki

Long one of our favorite imports, Bass, a smooth bitter English ale, was a bit out of reach.  But as a domestic, this niche beer with the oldest registered trademark in the world is now as affordable as a mass-produced choice!  Great decision by Anheuser-Busch InBev.  Make it where they drink it.  A global company reacting locally!

Bonus trivia:  Budweiser Clydesdales began their stomp in 1933 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.