Beer: Finding Your Favorite That You Didn't Know About!

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Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/31/2017 10:03:36 AM

@kq4ym Interesting idea. I'd love to see that study across different types of popular alcoholic drinks as well. Maybe, wine, gin, brandy, beer, and rhum.

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/31/2017 9:59:15 AM

@PC I have a friend who hates beer because she said it tastes like sewage 0_0

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/28/2017 12:45:49 AM

Ariella, there are such things as cream ales and milk stouts, but alas, they do not have vitamin D in them. It is an interesting idea and I wonder if D and alcohol can exist together. If the alcohol would break down the D. But I homebrew ... I'll have to try for you!

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/25/2017 5:50:05 PM

@broadway You  have a most suspicious mind, don't you? Dairy is bad for some people, but it does offer a good source of vitamin D (which just about everyone seems to be deficient in these days based on blood screenings) as well as calcium. One of my daughters gets somewhat neurotic about dosing herself with it through yogurts or cups of milk each day. I'm just taking vitamin D in pill form now. Maybe beer should also have vitamin D added to it, then people can say that a pint a day supplies their daily recommended dose. I wouldn't be able to drink a pint of it, though. As I said, in my family a 12 oz bottle is 3-4 servings.

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/23/2017 11:25:06 PM

@Ariella, health advocates will argue that scientific studies that show benefits to moderate levels of drinking, even famed red wine, are underwritten by Big Alcohol ... just like any research that proves the value of dairy is paid for by Big Dairy. I enjoy a pint or two as much as anybody, but even that second pint could be carrying an added load of ill health effects.

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/18/2017 8:21:27 AM

Interesting how many variations there are on the healthiness of beer. Now, if there could actually be a consensus on scientific studies, it would be cool to have a chart of not only the various beers by content and style but healthiness as well, assuming one beer might contain the right percentage of stuff to make it healthier?

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/17/2017 9:16:50 AM

@Lyndon_Henry It works on dandruff if you ingest it or it you use it on your hair? As I said, beer has been said to be good for hair. Now aside from that one, many of those health benefits have been ascribed to other things, like coffee, green tea, black tea, chocolate, etc. The problem of choosing beer for those is that it is very high in calories and the worst kind in today's wisdom of avoiding carbs.  

I'm also now reading the book Less Medicine, More Health. The author, a doctor, admits to drinking beer but doesn't claim any health benefits for it. He believes everything in moderation --except smoking -- is OK. He also says there are studies that find moderate drinkers tend to be healthier than both heavy drinkers and teetotalers. Maybe the relaxation of the slight buzz lowers stress, and that may account for the lowered blood pressure, too.


I now loked up a discussion of how much beer is unhealth on and found that some suggest one a day is OK, but 3+ is too much. Then there was this one: "if you're drinking enough to put on weight, then you're already at the unhealthy level. that being said, cutting out actual nutritious food to save more beer calories for later is also unhealthy."

That reminded me of the line ascribed to Inspector Morse in Colin Dexter's theory. He refers to his pints of beer as taking his "calories in liquid form."  Indeed, the author set up his detective to deteriorate in health over the course of the 13 books.

Re: Beer thirst
  • 1/17/2017 4:55:27 AM


Ariella asks:

... are there any health benefits to beer at all? I know wine can claim that, particularly the red variety, but I have the impression beer is really the worst kind of empty calories - carbs.


As a beverage created by human ingenuity, beer may predate wine. I think it was a way to preserve and fortify (yum) the nutritional and caloric benefits of wheat and other grains.

Beer, it seems, can provide significant health benefits. Here's a sampling of reports from the Internet:

Health Benefits of Beer | Organic Facts

The health benefits of beer include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementia and coronary disease, aid to the digestive system, and anti-aging properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension.


10 Reasons to Have a Beer Right Now

This article cites cardiovascular benefits, lowering blood pressure, improving creativity (yeah!), preventing diabetes, eye health benefits, and more.

10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Beer

1. It can help reduce risk of heart disease ... 2. It can help protect against Alzheimer's disease ... 3. It can help lower risk of diabetes ... 4. It can help prevent kidney stones ... 5. It can help minimize risk of cancer ... 6. It can help reduce cholesterol levels ... 7. It can help manage blood pressure ... 8. It can help strengthen bones ... 9. It can help treat dandruff ... 10. It can help cut down risk of strokes


I thought the dandruff benefits were particularly interesting. Cheers!


Re: Beer Style guide
  • 1/16/2017 6:17:34 PM

@tomsg I was wondering, with the increasing popularity of beer, particularly craft beer among the hip set, are there any guides for pairing the brews with dishes like wines? You could have the general guidelines like white wine for fish translated into beer terms but also go beyond that with recommendations for which beers go well with burgers, pizza, sushi, etc.

Beer Style guide
  • 1/16/2017 3:36:00 PM

There is actually a book called the beer style guide. This is what judges use to rate a beer vs the ideal for the style. I think comparision data on a beer vs the " ideal" would be really useful.

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