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Drinking Beer - Budweiser Commercial

Budweiser Commitment Commercial - Click To Watch

There was recently a Budweiser commecial touting Anheiser Busch’s “commitment” to beer. It proclaimed Budweiser’s committment to tradition by brewing it’s flagship Bud beer in the same manner for over 130 years. “130 Years!” It emphasized. As someone with a bit of international beer experience, this statement had me in stitches.

In the last decade or so there has been an enormous surge of micro-brews in the US. This is fantastic to us beer lovers living in the states. With the giant growth of delicious domestic beers, I find myself buying American more and more.

Naturally there are people out there who disapprove of this increase in complex, flavorful, and full bodied beers on our liquor store shelves. Not people like you and me, but people who have a stake in the US beer market. Namely Anheiser Busch and Coors, among others.

An American beer is traditionally a pale lager. Now Americans are finding there is so much more to beer, it’s not the drink of the savages as the Romans convinced so many. We’re finding beer to be a complex beverage with as much to offer as any wine. This has lead to some pretty hilarious marketing techniques by Anheiser Busch. They’re grasping as straws, trying to get you back to enjoying Budweiser.

Commitment? 100 years of brewing experience is a drop in the bucket of brewing experience across the world. Even the German town of Budweis, from which Anheiser Busch stole the name, began brewing the real Budweiser in 1795. The micro-brews know 100 years is nothing, Coors, and Anheiser Busch know it too, but their marketing teams are counting on you, the american people, not knowing it.

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The Worlds Most Expensive Beers
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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=33 Craft beers are all the rage in the states. Beers that are meant to be savored, enjoyed, maybe even stored in theDrinking Beer - Sam Adams Utopia cellar for a while. This new phenominon may be due to diminishing beer sales, or maybe it’s just a new niche market to exploit. Either way, craft beers have surfaced which offer a new sophistication to the beer lover… as well as a much larger price tag. Some examples:

  • Michelob brews “Celebrate” which goes for $10 per bottle and comes in at 10% alcohol by volume.
  • The “Stone Imperial Russian Stout” from Stone Brewing is $9 per bottle at 10.8% alcohol by volume.
  • Dogfish Head makes “Fort” for $16 per bottle which contains 18.5% alcohol by volume.

The name of the article however is “The Worlds Most Expensive Beers”. There are only two beers that fit into that category.

Drinking Beer - Tutankhamun Ale “Tutankhamun Ale” holds the record for the most expensive single bottle of beer ever sold. The first bottle of this brew went for $7,686. It was developed by archaeologists from Cambridge University’s Egypt Exploration, and Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. They uncovered an ancient kitchen in the Sun Temple of Queen Nefertiti, a relation by marriage of King Tut. They examined the dregs in the ancient brewing jars, deciphered hieroglyphics, and excavated at least 10 brewing rooms. They only produced enough ingredients to make 1,000 bottles of “Tutankhamun Ale”. The first bottle went for an outrageous price of $7,686, but the rest were sold for about $76, although at an auction at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, some were willing to pay more than $500.

“Utopias” is brewed by Sam Adams Brewery. Its not only the most expensive beer, it is also the strongest commercially available beer. It is 25% alcohol by volume and is made from the finest Bavarian hops of Saaz, Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfruh and Tettnang Tettnanger. It is aged in oak barrels and it comes in antique copper-colored bottles. The price tag is $100 for a 24 oz bottle and it’s brewed for 2 oz servings. It has not only garnered recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records as the strongest and the most expensive beer. It has also been appreciated by International beer tasting competitions. They only made 8,000 bottles, so you better hurry over to eBay if you want one.

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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=4 Drinking Beer - Learn to Love Beer It is commonly said that beer is an acquired taste, and it’s true. Anyone who enjoys Barley Wine can tell you, the taste must be acquired. To enjoy such strong and bold beers requires an experienced and trained pallet.

  • How does one train their pallet?
  • How can you “acquire” a taste for beer?

By drinking beer of course, but there’s more to it than that. Every beer lover knows someone who hates beer, and it might be hard to understand why, but it’s simply inexperience. This step-by-step guide will help you convert people into devoted beer drinkers.

Before you Start

Before we get started, there are three things that you will be need:

  • A beer hater (with an open mind)
  • Time (measured in nights of drinking)
  • Plenty of Beer (or a good Beer Bar)

A quick reference is provided, showing the types of beers that lead to beer enlightenment.

Start Here

Where to start depends on the person you trying to convert. If you’re dealing with a Smirnof Ice drinking, beer hater go to the next step; “Getting over Malternatives”. If you are dealing with a Bud Light drinking, dark beer hater skip the next step and go to “Live a Little, skip the light beer”.

Getting over Malternatives

Drinking Beer - MalternativesThe jump from Malternatives to beer is really just a little hop, since beer is more diverse than most realize. The closest beer to a malternative is a Lambic (Drinking Beer: What’s a Lambic). Start by ordering a Lambic. This will undoubtedly spawn statements like, “This is Beer!?!” So maybe describe the unique process of brewing Lambic, if they’re interested. Move on to a Cider. Ciders taste like they are right in the middle of Beer and juice. It makes sense since it’s made from fermented apple juice.

If they still aren’t convinced you can stay on this step for a while. There are plenty of Fruit Beers out there, how about a Stiegl Radler. Another option is to have a Hefeweizen with a generously sized orange wedge squeezed in. The idea is to start to get used to the taste of beer while keeping a sweet fruity flavor.

You’re ready to skip the light beer and go straight to “Discovering Ales”.

Live a Little, Skip the Light Beer

Most light beers are really just a super pale lager. So a good start would be an actual Pale Lager. Maybe something they have had before like a (shudder) Budweiser, or a Corona. Next grab a pale lager with a little more flavor and complexity, like a Peroni. If they drink light beer this won’t be a big step, but it is a little more hoppy. Now you can introduce the Lager, maybe a Red Stripe. Try to avoid European Lagers like Grolsch and Heineken, as these tend to be a little more bitter.

The idea here is for the light beer drinker to realize that light beer is just like real beer, only without the flavor. There are other beers that are just as easy to drink and can be just as refreshing, but also taste delicious.

Discover the Ale

Drinking Beer - Dark Beer It’s time to move onto Ales. White Ales are nice, light and easy to drink. Start with a Hoegaarden White or a Samuel Adams White Ale. This is a good transition beer; it’s light enough for the light beer drinker but with lots of flavor, and the malternative drinker can add a lemon wedge if they like.

If you’ve gotten to this point and the person you’re trying to convert hasn’t walked out on you, then you’re doing really well. You now have the convertee drinking real beer, congratulate them and let them know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Dark Side of Beer

There are a few paths you can take to get your former beer hater drinking dark beer. The malternative drinker will probably have an easier time with the “Wheat-elicious” path. The light beer drinker should be able to handle the “Hop-tastic” path.

Wheat-elicious

Start with a light Hefeweizen, like a Tucher Helles Hefeweizen or a Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier. You should stay on the Hefeweizens for a bit. There are plenty on the market and any descent beer bar should have a few.

Once you get them to the point that they enjoy the Hefeweizens, the next logical step is the Dunkelweizen. Dunkels are just like Hefeweizens in a lot of ways, they just use dark malts whicDrinking Beer - Wheat-elicioush gives the beer an earthy or toasty flavor. Try a Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel or an Ayinger Ur-Weisse. Again, there are plenty of Dunkelweizens on the market, so feel free to linger on them, they are delicious.

Next would have to be a Weizen Bock. These are still wheat beers, but have more malt than hefeweizens or dunkels, they also generally have more alcohol. Try a Schneider Aventinus.

Ok, if they like Aventinus, you’re done. You now have your beer hating friend drinking a Strong Dark beer. Don’t stop there; try a Doppelbock like Ayinger Celebrator or Spaten Optimator.

Hop-tastic

Start with an American Dark Lager. Something they have had before, like Amber Bock. This is a dark beer with a slight roasted flavor, but contains very little hops and malt, so it’s still very easy to drink.

We should be ready for a mild India Pale Ale (IPA). Try a Sierra Nevada IPA. Then move onto a Flying Dog IPA, if this is too sweet, grab another IPA. Stay on IPAs for a bit, it’s very important to become accustomed to the hoppy flavor that defines the IPA.

DrinkingBeer - Hop-tasticTime to take the plunge to real dark beers. Start with a Brown Ale. Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale is a good one. It may seem a little sweet after drinking IPAs, but this is good. Make a comment on the lack of hops compared to the IPAs.

A natural progression from IPAs and Browns is to the Porter. The porter is heavy on the malt and generally pretty heavy on the hops as well. Try an Anchor Porter. Comment on the roasted flavor, as compared to the Amber Bock. Note the hoppy flavor compared to that of the IPAs.

If they liked the porter, you’re doing great! You beer hating friend just drank a Strong Dark beer. Put aStout in front of them and see what they say.

Wrap it Up

At this point, nothing should be off limits for the former beer hater. If they tried a barley wine, they might not love it, but they should be able to respect the complexity of its flavors. Now that they have been exposed to a broad spectrum of beer they should know what the hops and the malts can bring to a beer. Just experiencing these flavors gives them the needed respect to enjoy any beer.

Even if they don’t fall in love with barley wine, they should have fallen in love with beer.

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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=24 Drinking Beer - Beer GlassThe law that many college students live by: “Liquor before beer never fear; beer before liquor, never sicker.” The scientific community has investigaed the legitimacy of this “law”, and proved it false. There are articles about congeners, touting the advantages of drinking clear liquor over dark ones. There is evidence that alcohol in carbonated beverages is absorbed more quickly by the body.

This isn’t a science website, it’s a Drinking website. So let’s cut to the chase. The only science needed is that 1.5 ounces of liquor is absorbed much more quickly than 12 ounces of beer, and they contain the same amount of alcohol. Oh, and the more alcohol you drink, the sicker you will be. Let’s examine both possible scenarios.

“Liquor before beer never fear…”

You start your evening enjoying delicious Gin and Tonics. After a couple of hours, the conversation is good, everyone is enjoying themselves. Your friend is going to get another beer and offers to grab you one. In your intoxicated state, this sounds better getting up, and you always enjoy a tasty import. So you take the offer and switch to beer. Now you are drinking beer at your previously established liquor drinking rate. You will consume much less alcohol then if you had stayed with liquor.

“…beer before liquor, never sicker”

You start your evening casually drinking beer. After a couple of hours, the conversation is good, everyone is enjoying themselves. Your friend is going to get another drink and offers to make you one. In your intoxicated state, this sounds better than going all the way to the cooler for a beer, and you always enjoy a tasty Rum and Coke. So you take the offer and switch to mixed drinks. Now you are drinking liquor at your previously established beer drinking rate. You will consume much more alcohol then if you had stayed with beer.

Examining these two scenarios it is pretty obvious why the “law” has persisted through so many college degrees. All the articles on the internet focus on the science behind the saying, but it has nothing to do with science. It is a rule of thumb that works.

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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=42 The nutritional value of beer is a much debated issue. If you read my article “Top 10 Reasons Beer is Good for your Health” you will likely learn a lot about the numerous studies done on Beer Drinking. Everyone wants beer to be good for them, so they do research to prove that it is.

We need a reference. An honest account of what is in the average beer. You can say that light beers have slighly less carbs, and your heavier beers have slightly more, but do remember that it is only the difference of a 20 minute walk. Why don’t beers have nutritional facts labels anyway.

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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=50 Everyone is looking for a reason to drink beer. Right? It turns out that a lot of people are. So here are 10 great reasons to drink more beer. Not only that, but they’re all true. Beer really is good for your health, so drink up!

1. Beer Reduces Stress

Alcohol in general has been shown to reduce stress. This one is obvious, and may be the best reason beer is good for your health.

2. Beer is Good for the Heart

A study was conducted from 1982 - 1996 on the elderly. It was found that those who drank at least 1.5 per day had a 20-50 percent less chance of having heart failure.

3. Beer Improves Blood Circulation

Beer increases your “good” cholesterol, or HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Its basically a kind of blood fat, so it reduces blood’s tendency to clot.

4. Beer is Chock Full o’ Fiber

The fiber comes from the cell walls of the malted barley. A liter of beer can have as much as 60% of your daily recommended fiber. The extra fiber will keep you regular and can also lower the risk of heart disease.

5. Beer as a Multi-vitamin

Beer is a significant source of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12

6. Beer can Prevent Strokes

A study published in Stroke magazine in 2001 showed that alcohol drinkers have fewer strokes. Because it thins the blood, it increases the circulation in the brain, thereby protecting from silent strokes which are cause by tiny blood clots.

7. Beer keeps your Brain Young

A large study, published in the December 2001 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, was conducted on elderly italian men and women. It showed that moderate drinkers had a 40% lower risk of mental impairment.

8. Beer is Good for your Liver

Alcohol expands the small blood vessels in the liver. This speeds up metabolism so it can help clean all the toxins out of the liver. This is from Beer Net Publication, April 2001 Biological Institute.

9. Beer Cures Insomnia

Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, both present in beer, can promote sleep. Also hops are a natural sedative.

10. Beer Fends off Gallstones

According to Professor Oliver James at the University of Newcastle, beer protects against gallstones and kidney stones.
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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=56 It seems like there is always that guy in the bar that has a crazy story about the beer he’s drinking. The worst part, sometimes its believable, so you tell someone, then they tell someone, and thats a beer myth. Here are ten of the more outrageous myths about beer and what you need to know to set that guy in the bar straight.

Beer Myth 1: Beat the Beer Belly with Light Beer

OK, light beers have maybe 90-100 calories, regular beers generally have less than 200 calories. A beer lover would say the difference is comparable to the difference between McDonalds and a 5 star restaurant. A dietician would tell you the difference is negligible. So unless you are drinking 300 beers a week, I would drink the good stuff.

Beer Myth 2: The darker the beer, the more alcohol it contains

Not even close. Guinness is black, and has 4.2% alcohol. The color of a beer comes from the toasted malts, which has no effect on alcohol content. Ingredients like rice syrup, honey, and corn syrup add alcohol to beer, but do not influence the color.

 

Beer Myth 3: Beer is ruined if warmed and then refrigerated

This can be true, if you do it many, many times, and it will happen gradually. People think re-chilling beer will cause it to be “skunked”. Beer can be ruined by air, light and time. Temperature won’t ruin a beer unless it’s extreme. Get fresh beer and store it in dark place, and it will be fine.

Beer Myth 4: Imported beers have more alcohol than domestic beers

This comes from the way US beers reported their beers’ alcohol content. The rest of the world uses “Alcohol by Volume”, here is the US they used “Alcohol By Weight”. Since beer weighs less than water, US beers had smaller numbers, but not less alcohol.

Beer Myth 5: The Guinness they serve in Ireland is better

It seems widely accepted that beer in “the old country” is better than what they export to the rest of the world. The brewing process is cheap, so why would a brewery risk their reputation by brewing a different beer for export? It doesn’t make sense, and it’s not true. With few exceptions, the beer that is exported is the exact same beer that they serve in the bar across the street from the brewery. The difference is purely freshness. It takes two weeks for a keg of Guinness to get from Dublin to your favorite bar in the states. Some beers, like Fosters, is brewed in Canada under a license for sale in the US. But it is clearly stated on the bottle when this is the case.

Beer Myth 6: Beer shouldn’t be Bitter

The bitterness of a beer comes from the hops. Hops are in all beers to balance the sweet malts and to act as a preservative. Some beers have a lot of hops, like India Pale Ales (IPAs) and some beers have less hops, like Wheat Beers. Hops can give a beer complexity and add all sorts of flavors and aromas, like pine, citrus, and earthiness. Hops are why people say beer is an acquired taste, but they also make beer delicious.

Beer Myth 7: The best beers are in green bottles.

As it turns out, brown bottles protect the beer from the light much better than green bottles or clear bottles. This myth comes from when there was a shortage of brown glass in Europe after WWII. The European beers were bottled in green instead, so green bottles came to represent imports. This certainly isn’t the case anymore.

Beer Myth 8: The Thai beer Singha has formaldehyde in it

It seems widely believed that Singha is brewed with formaldehyde, as is Chang beer, San Miguel, Vietnamese 33, and Singapore’s Tiger Beer. The most believable explanation for this one is that Singha is much more bitter and contains more alcohol than most lagers. When American or British expatriots and soldiers were drinking beer in Thailand, they got drunk much more quickly then they were used to, and it was much more bitter flavor then they were used to. To explain this it was suggested that it contained formaldehyde. Crazy.

Beer Myth 9: Corona is Mexican Piss

In the 1980s there was a rumor that Mexican workers were peeing in the Corona tanks that were destined for the US. Certainly alarmingly disgusting… if true. As it turns out this myth was started as a result of Corona’s rising popularity in the US market, and who was jealous? Heineken. This was nothing more than a rumor started by a Heineken wholesaler in Reno. It all worked out, the guy from Heineken admitted his wrongdoing, and Corona continued it’s rise to popularity. But the rumor can still be heard today in bars across the country.

Beer Myth 10: Women don’t like beer

Thats crazy! My wife loves beer almost as much as I do. Women have brewed more beer than men in the History of Beer. Sister Doris in Bavaria brews Mallersdorf lager. Fortunately, this myth is far from true.

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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=64 There are two primary types of beer, Ales and Lagers. The primary distinction is the temperature at which the beer is fermented. Ales are fermented at higher temperatures 65-75°F, and Lagers are fermented much colder at about 46-55°F.

The second distinction is the type of yeast that is used in the fermentation process. Ales generally use top fermenting yeast. This means that the yeast floats on the surface for the first few days and then settles on the bottom. Lagers use bottom fermenting yeast, which does not float to the surface before settling.

There is a third type of beer that far less common than Ales or Lagers, and that is the Lambic. True Lambic is only brewed in the Payottenland region of Belgium. In Ales and Lagers the yeast is specially cultivated for the fermentation. Lambic is fermented by wild yeast. This means that the beer is exposed to the Belgian air which contains wild yeast and bacteria.

Among Ales and Lagers there are many, many different beers. See the beer articles for in depth information on many of these beers. For now the hierarchy of many types of beer is shown below.

Drinking Beer - Ale Chart

Drinking Beer - Lager Chart

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The Beer Belly
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admin http://drinkingbeer.net/blog/?p=96 We all love beer. I think that is a given. The problem with good beer isn’t just the occasional hangover; it’s also what the wife has probably mentioned to you, calories. The better the beer the more the calories, that’s the way it seems. So drinking copious amounts of good beer invariably leads to… the Beer Belly.

        Since the Czechs drink more beer then anyone else, they were investigated to find the link between beer and the belly. Almost 2,000 people were tested in Prague and absolutely no link was found to justify the term “Beer Belly”. This is according to a BBC article on The Beer Belly.

        This is great news for beer lovers everywhere! However a killjoy named Nigel Denby of the British Dietetic Association warned people not to take the studies findings all the way to the pub, so to speak.

        Another BBC article on The Beer Belly seems to get to bottom of the issue. It appears that the Beer Belly can be attributed not to drinking beer, but to drinking a lot of beer… quickly. A study found that binge drinking can contribute to an “Apple-shaped” figure. So if you drink 10 beers, 2 nights out of the week you will get a Beer Belly. However, if you drink 2 beers, 5 nights out of the week, you won’t get a Beer Belly.

        This is good news. You just have to spread the beer love. Not all at once. Enjoy two delicious beers almost every night and you’ll be fine.

        OK, enough dodging. If you have a serious Beer Belly going on, your pretty daft if your blaming it all on beer. The number one thing is dieting, but if you’re only interested in losing the Beer Belly, then you need to work out your transverse abdominus, or TVA. The best way to do this is as follows: 
        1. Place one of your fingers on your belly button
        2. Without taking in a deep breath. Try to move your belly button inward as far away from your finger as you can
        3. Hold your belly button in for 5 seconds working your way up to a minute
        4. Advanced: as your holding in your belly button-tightly squeeze your ABS

        Check out my source for Beer Belly trimming if you want to know more.

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Belgian Beer Part 2
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I’ll pick up right where I left off. This is the continuation from Belgian Beers Part 1. In case you missed it, Belgium is where you want to visit if you love beer since they make more of it than anyone else. Here are some more of the types of beer from Belgium:

Saison

      Saison has been referred to as ‘country beer’. It’s a pretty broad category, as it seems to vary greatly. They seem to generally be brewed in smaller breweries. Most of then are a little tart and some have a little spice.

Sour Ale

      The two types of sour ales that are sometimes considered types of beers alone are Oud Bruin and Flanders Red Ale. These generally have median alcohol content, around 5.5% and have a tart and fruity aroma. Any hops in the taste are surely drowned by the sourness, and sometimes with fruitiness.

Lambic

      Lambis are very different, in that they don’t fit into the Ale or Lager category. Meaning they are neither top-fermented nor bottom-fermented, they use spontaneous fermentation. Which means it is fermented by the wild yeast in the Belgian air of Brussels. Different types of Lambics ferment for different lengths of time anywhere from 3 months (very young) to 3 years (mature). It common for fruit to be added to the Lambic, which triggers a second fermentation and makes it taste delicious.

      There are certainly other types of Belgian beers, but there’s no shortage of information on Belgian beer on the Internet, you could read about it for hours. So go get ‘em:

References

       http://belgianstyle.com/mmguide/
       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_beer
       http://www.belgian-beer.net/
       http://www.belgianexperts.com/index.php

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