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10 myths about beer

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Drinking beer makes you fat… There are many myths around that don’t do justice to that great drink called beer. In the following we will share the most common ones with you and give you the reason why they are false.

  1. Drinking beer is bad for your health. Beer is low in calories, 42 Kcal per 100 ml. It does not contain any fat or sugar, but carbohydrates, vitamins and proteins. Hops is a sedative and stimulates the appetite. Malt contains organic acids and vitamins.
  2. Beer makes you fat. Following a study with 891 men and 1.098 women between 25 and 64 years in the Czech Republic there is no relation between how much beer you consume and the size of your belly.
  3. The darker the beer the more alcohol it contains. Wrong. The color of the beer is in no way related to the alcohol level. The dark tone of some beers is a consequence of roasting the malt.
  4. Light beer has less alcohol than lager. The difference between light and lager is the amount of calories while the alcohol level depends directly on the process of fermentation.
  5. Craft beer is better than commercial one. Both varieties of beer are brewed the same way. The difference lies in the shelf life: craft beer has a shelf life of 90 days while commercial beer keeps for 250 days. The formula is the same, what makes the difference here is the packaging. That is also the reason why draught beer appears to us more fresh, it is not packed.
  6. Green glass bottles mean better beer. This myth originates from the end of World War II when there was a shortage of amber colored and transparent glass in Europe. Seeing the imported beer always being bottled in green glass, the rumor went round that it was a sign of quality.
  7. “Ale” is dark and “Lager” is of golden color. The color of the beer depends on the kind of malt they are brewed of. Malt varieties differ in the grade of roasting from a Pilsner malt used for a Lager Pilsner style to a chocolaty malt used to brew an Ale porter or stout style.
  8. Beer and food don’t go well together. You can combine beer with food just as well as wine. In Belgium there are Restaurants specialized in “beer cuisine”, where you can find dishes cooked with beer, while others offer beer recommendations for each meal in the menu.
  9. Alcohol-free beer has no calories. ‘Alcohol-free’ beer in Spain by law has an alcohol level  below 1% and very few hydrocarbonates, between 2 to 5 grams per 100 cc. One beer contains between 40 to 80 calories. The difference between a ‘normal’ and ‘alcohol free’ beer is thus around 50 calories.
  10. American beer is very poor and does not taste like anything. Beer in the US has changed. Today there exist more than 1.000 little breweries in this country. Besides the typical beers brewed with wheat and not with malt, there can be found others with a strong and delicious taste.

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Women too like beer

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The beer market has been favored by the preference of women to consume this refreshing drink. For example, recently it has been known that the number of female?s beer lovers in the UK has grown in the last three years.

Camra, an association for the promotion of ale beer in the UK, has been commissioned to study the figures with the launch of its Great British Beer Festival in London and says that, compared to the previous year, over 20,000 more women have joined the list of beer fans. In addition they have found that one third of women attending preferred Ale. This amount is twice bigger than 3 years ago.

This shows that women have had a higher level of openness to try the beer Ale and enjoy its delicious taste. There are currently 8,000 different brands of beer on the market, so that the British are leaning toward locally produced beers in the UK.

Some words from a representative of Camra were:

It is interesting that more and more women are preferring ale. Our national drink changed its image years ago and is now increasingly seen as a drink for women, more than for men. This trend will help put all the British beer market back on a growth path.

Christine cryne, national executive member of Camra , said :

The increased interest in real ale among women in the UK is largely due to the wide variety of beer which is now available. So it is not surprising that this trend will be replicated in countries around the world and especially in those with a prominent craft beer production.

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Porter, the stout beer

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The porter is an ale type beer, which is usually made with soft water. Invented in London in the eighteenth century, its name comes from the porters, who used to work in the markets of London. Later, it became very popular among the working class until our days, now consumed worldwide, preferably in England, where you can find a large population of consumers and artisans of stout.

If we analyze its color, we can say that it is a dark, brown, to reddish black, and the bitter malty aromas are the dominant notes. The dark color comes from the dark malts it?s made of, hence this unmistakable tone, which was the one that used to have the first beers. This was due to a purely economic issue, since the price of malt in the eighteenth century raised and, in order to roast it more, they used to add more hops. These types of beer, like the Porter, are therefore more original and classic.

The flavor of this beer is strong and bitter, thanks to the hops. It is also dry, with less than 5 percent of alcohol, and tastes like coffee and chocolate, with distinctive toasty and smoky aromas. Like any other stout it is ideal to enjoy with dessert, to counteract the taste something sweet of the cakes or chocolates. But, at the same time, it goes well with meats and smoked.

There are several varieties of the Porter. Choose your favorite!

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How to pair beer well?

Luckily, nowadays we can enjoy a great range of beer flavours: sweet, bitter, somewhat spicy? that means we can mix them more efficiently with food flavours. Now, we can find ways to marry beer and food.

For example, lager marries perfectly with some fishes such as tuna, salmon, and with Sushi as it enhances the flavour of soy and raw fish. Exactly as for wine, the flavour of the beer must never contrast with that of the food to maintain the aromas and flavours, it has to enhance it even more.

Wheat beer marries well with all kinds of aperitif snacks and first courses such as pasta, salads, shrimp, asparagus, cured meet? and many more, thus giving a refreshing touch to all kinds of dishes. For more substantial dishes like meets and main courses, it is best to drink a beer with more body, like roasted beer, flavoured lager or even ale.

With desert, spicy or home made beer marry perfectly, especially ones with touches of liquorish flavours or any flavour that the consumer rather enjoys. With sweet foods such a chocolate, it?s better to favour an ale that will leave you with touches of liquorish and dried fruit.

A fresh lager tends to marry well with more tart flavoured dishes with a strong vinegar touch because it reduces the sourness of the vinegar or escabeche, that is too strong for some palates. You can choose a fresh lager to accompany spicy dishes like curry to also mild out the strong tart and sour flavours. When it comes to cheeses, it?s important to know that not all can marry with beer, it?s always better with cow cheese, and among those, there will also be various degrees of compatibility.

Anyway, every palate is a universe, it?s a matter of the taste and the colour, some people will find that some foods marry perfectly with beer and others won?t.

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