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The 10 oldest bars in the world (II)

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Today we continue with the oldest bars in the world. In this second chapter we will see the ones located outside the UK, which stand out for their unbelievable stories and stunning interior designs. Don’t miss these small temples devoted to the enjoyment of good drinks in good company and, if you have the chance, visit them!

Lafitte`s Blacksmith Shop Bar:

Located in New Orleans, this pub has 292 years of history. At the time it was refuge of pirates, passing by to refresh and continue their journeys. It gets its name from the privateers Jean and Pierre Lafitte.

De Sean Bar:

Located in Athlone, Ireland, this pub has 1114 years of history and the Guinness Book of World Records itself has recognized it as the oldest of Ireland bars. It was known about its approximate age in 1970, when during a remodeling, remains of adobe and wicker from the tenth century were found among its walls. Drinking a Guiness there seems a good plan, for sure.

Zum Riesen:

Located in Mittenberg, Germany, this pub is 864 years old and is the oldest in the country. It’s a hotel with bar built in 1150, which has hosted many customers of royalty such as Frederick III. Today is part of the real estate but it hides among its walls, stories of witches and landowners sentenced to death at its doors.

Al Brindisi:

Located in Ferrara, Italy, with 914 years this pub is known as the oldest osteria by the Guinness Book, ie as the oldest Italian restaurant serving food and wine in Italy. It had remarkable customers such as Pope John Paul II and the astronomer Copernicus. A very interesting place, right?

Cave Bar:

Located in the wonderful city of Petra, Jordan, this bar is over 2000 years old. It is one of the oldest bars in the country and by its peculiar location, inside a cave, has been the scene of the adventures of Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

And, as we said in the first part of this post, we can always imagine that we are in one of these magnificent bars with a glass of wine or a beer in our hand 🙂

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Bachata Rum Beer

 

 

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Buxton Tsar

The 10 oldest bars in the world (I)

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From the oldest inns to caves, these bars take over 1000 years standing, serving all the people who come to try the local beers and drinks.

Each one of these bars has a story, and all claim to be the oldest. In this first chapter, we’ll know those located in the UK, with ghost stories and historical characters that will surprise you. Know them and… why not? get motivated to travel and visit them!

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem:

Located in Nottingham, this pub has 825 years standing. It was an old inn build upon a cave network. Some archaeologists indicated after an excavation in 1970 that the caves were built in the twelfth century.

Old Ferry Boat:

Located in St. Ives, in the UK, with 614 years this pub has a reputation for the ghostly presence that accompanies its customers. Supposedly it’s a jilted teenager named Juliet. This inn is located by the Cambridgeshire river, and the site was founded in 1400.

Ye Olde Man & Scythe:

This 763 year old pub was first mentioned in 1251. In this site was murdered James Stanley, Earl of Derby and guilty of the murder of 1644 people. It is said that his ghost haunts the pub… Another interesting detail is that the pub has been remodeled several times, but his cellar remains intact.

The Bingley Arms:

Located in Leeds, in the UK. this pub is 1061 years old. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, this pub was refuge of many during its earlier stages. It was called like this because it served as a rest to traveler priests who moved from the Abbeys of Leeds and York.

In the next chapter of this article we will know the next 5 bars… Meanwhile we can imagine what a drink there will taste, guided by these beers 🙂

 

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Bachata Rum Beer

 

 

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Tullibardine 1488 Whisky Beer

Getting beer with the power of the mind

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Interaxon, a Canadian technology company has developed a helmet to serve beer at will without using the arms.

Called ?The Muse?, this new invention consists of a smooth helmet which detect, through brain waves, the emotional state of those who use it.

Once ?The Muse? reads those brain waves it’s able to translate them into computer signals to put into action different gadgets.

One of the most amazing gadgets so far enables those who carry it to pour beer without lifting a finger, like a remote beer tap, just watching a picture of a glass of beer.

Beer consumers have the option, thanks to ?The Muse?, of drinking beer by submitting their desire through their brain waves to the computer so it can interpret them.

?Developed independently in the world, beer is the drink that has been present during the times of the greatest and most influential thinkers known to mankind?, says company information.

?And we like to think that a beer or two had something to do with the innovative concepts and philosophies that have shaped the world?, says.

?And besides, we are Canadians. Our society owes much to beer, so a beer tap controlled by thought is just our small way of giving something back to this drink, which gives reason for our way of life?.

So do not be surprised if in a relatively short time you begin to see around you places to sit and drink beer without lifting a finger, where your wish is your command, literally. Will it work only with Canadian beer? Should we desire it in English? We will continue investigating, always with a beer close to us… Today we recommend:

 

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Leffe Blonde

Chinese people will have beer belly

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By 2017 China is expected to overtake the United States as the largest consumer of beer worldwide, according to analysts at Euromonitor. This is due to the increasing trend in the income of the breweries in this country.

These increases in disposable incomes will continue rising by 2018, according to Amin Alkhatib, alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, and thanks to it, the sale of beer in China will gradually grow.

Recently an online detail seller of beer in China claimed to have sold 30 million beer cans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It will be not surprising that at these levels of current consumption, the expected increase for 2017 will be really important, giving rise to a new position of the Chinese market compared to other countries.

But 2017 is also expected to be when the United States take lead in terms of sales value, in addition to the increase in population of legal age to drink beer, which will result in a higher level of current consumption.

Alkhatib said:

?As income of these new consumers rises and macroeconomic conditions improve, brewers will also be able to encourage consumers?.

And he also added:

?With increasing affordability, both inside and outside urban centers, and increasing penetration of the retail channel, global brewers can capture a consumer base in China that was out of reach before?.

Carlsberg is the best selling beer in the Chinese market. The increase in popularity of premium beers above the lowest ones is causing an increase in sales value. However, this increase in sales of premium beers remains lower than the increase that occurs, for example, in the United States.

Alkhatib said major Chinese beers at the moment are Snow, followed by Tsingtao, Yanjing, Harbin and Laoshan.

Will we soon see the Chinese people with a beer belly? Are olives the ideal snack for them too to accompany the beer? Or do you think they are more ?tortilla? lovers? Today we suggest two Chinese beers among the best sellers in the country:

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Tsingtao

 

 

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Sun Lik Beer

Scientists prove the existence of “beer goggles”

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Researchers at the University of Bristol claim to have demonstrated the existence of ?beer goggles?, concluding that women and men really begin to see the other people more attractive after a few beers. This is something that has been discussed as a joke many times but now it is a scientific fact.

The study is titled: ?Beauty lies in the eye of the beer drinker? and was one of 10 awards given by Harvard University last year.

As part of the study, conducted by scientists at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol, volunteers were asked to look at pictures of men, women and landscapes before and after drinking alcohol.

Divided into two groups, a group of volunteers were given an alcoholic drink, and the other a non alcoholic placebo, and asked them a score of appeal.

The ratings among those who had consumed alcohol were higher for each image in each category, compared with the placebo group without alcohol.

Olivia Maynard, who led the research, told the Bristol Post: ?This has a bit of fun, but there is also a serious message. If alcohol does change the perception of appeal then that could be a factor in the type of risky behavior you see when people are drunk, such as unprotected sex?. The Bristol team next goal is to expand its investigation to pubs in order to conduct tests for 4 nights in 3 pubs in Bristol.

Earlier, a team of scientists from France and the U.S. won the Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology, showing that ?beer goggles? effect also makes the drinker feel more attractive.

Do you believe in these effects of beer? Or they are just studies made up to draw attention? We always recommend drinking in moderation, and always quality drinks, as we recommend today:

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Rince Cochon

 

 

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Cubanero Fuerte

One dish for every beer

 TAGS:Blonde, red, stronger and well spiced. Each beer has different specificities and is better or worse with a type of food. Since a while now, the pairing of beers is more and more taking into account. Many people are now interesting into knowing what beer goes better with each food to enhance its flavor.

With its deep color, Porter is a type of Ale and is usually somehow bitter. This particular flavor characterizes much of the black beer. It?s ideal for smoked foods, different types of meats, strong cheeses and desserts with chocolate or coffee.

A famous variety of the Porter and the Guinness, (very popular in Ireland) is the Stout beer. Most of the foods we have cited above also go with the flavor of this beer. But we may add salted, certain fish and oysters.

If you’ll take an American Lager, we recommend eating exotic cuisines like Thai, Mexican or Peruvian. In this case, it also enhances the flavor of brie cheese, perfect for a snack with this refreshing beer.

Although there are many varieties of them, the Belgian Ale type has a special flavor and different spices are added. For a rich salad, rice, feta cheese or other citrus, this beer is perfect.

The Amber Lager is a lager with a fairly mild flavor. This gives you the opportunity to marry it to all kinds of food, especially pizza, pasta and rice (seasoned with tomato sauce and cheese.) The flavors of pasta have much more consistency.

The taste of Brown Ale beer, English origin, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, is ideal for taking with pork, sausage, chicken and other grilled meats. For dessert, goes well with almost everything, but especially with nuts such as walnuts.

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Brahma

 

 

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

Can I know your ideology according to what you drink?

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It%u2019s a question that until now seemed difficult to answer to, beyond mere speculation without any scientific basis. No one seemed to have the great idea to make a similar experiment in our country, but some answers are starting to emerge on the subject, since according to a recent study on consumption habits conducted in the U.S., it does seem to be some clear trends on the political tendencies of consumers of alcoholic beverages.

Specifically, always according to the results obtained by National Media Research Planning and Placement, the Democrats seem to prefer rather clear drinks like vodka, champagne and craft beers, Stella Artois or Miller Genuine Draft, while Republicans lean toward dark beverages such as whiskey or wine, and beer like Miller Lite, Amstel Lite, Blue Moon, Samuel Adams or Michelbob Ultra.

The current study also analyzes trough the habits of drinkers if they are more or less likely to vote (which in the U.S. is very important, since for voting you must be pre-register and therefore there is a large body of citizens who, despite having its more or less clear political preferences never have approached a ballot paper). The “silent majority.” Well, this majority also has its preferences when it comes to drinking, as the most progressive tend to consume flavored vodka, peach schnapps and beers like Milwaukee ‘s Best light beer, Heineken or Budweiser while conservatives opt for spirits such as Jägermeister, Jack Daniels or Malibu and beers like Coors, Corona Light and Busch.

In the center of the American political spectrum you can find the rum drinkers (especially Bacardi and Captain Morgan) and Bud Light beer. Who knows if these drinks also have some influence on the politics preferences in our latitudes? Judging by the amount of English citizens drinking beer, what would that mean according to this study? Are the Lager drinker from the Labour Party and the Guinness drinker for the Liberal Party?

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Brandy Soberano 1L

The Gimlet Cocktail

 TAGS:The Cocktail Gimlet is made with Gin (usually a Dry Gin, like DiplĂ´me Dry Gin) and with neutral type of Vodka like the famous Smirnoff Red Label. Its name means “barrier” and has been associated with tools of drilling small holes. This cocktail is considered to be a ?barrier? because it penetrates every person who decides to try it.

This cocktail has been invented by Sir Thomas Gimlette, Admiral of the Royal Navy, who used to make this drink in order to generalize the consumption of lemon (and its vitamins) on the boat, to avoid scurvy.

The preparation of Cocktail Gimlet has some variants. The original recipe is:

Ingredients:

  • 4 parts of gin,
  • 1 part of lime juice
  • and a slice of lemon to garnish the cocktail glass.

Another variant in the preparation of this cocktail is given by David A. Embury in 1958:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 slice of lemon

While William L. Hamilton said in 2002 to a review in The New York Times that Gimlet Cocktail Recipe was:

  • 4 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounces of Lemon
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Gary Regan in the Bartender Bible presents the Gimlet Cocktail Recipe like that:

  • 2 ounces of Plymouth Gin
  • 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
  • Slice of lemon

As you can see the possible variations of this cocktail are numerous and you will have to try several to choose your favorite. You could even create your own, who knows?
The Gimlet cocktail is not that famous compared to others that have appeared in books and blockbuster movies, but some consider it as a martini good enough to find its public.

This cocktail can be pleasant in hot climate. It is very simple to prepare and everyone added with the passage of time the ideal proportions to balance the flavors. Many people drink it ?on the rock?, it is not recommended to add water.

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Tanqueray

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire

How beer is fermented

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The fermentation in beer is a basic and the most important part of its development process. It depends on the temperature and the mixture of different ingredients. Moreover, taking into account the composition of the juice, the, pressure, how we add yeast, the oxygen…

During the fermentation step juice is added to the tanks for this purpose and mixed with yeast to convert the sugar in the juice into alcohol and carbon dioxide, which is the purpose of this process. There are two important stages, primary and secondary fermentation.

Primary begins when yeast is mixed with the must that is already cooled and encompassing the adaptive exponential growth of the yeast. We will control the maximum temperature for good results.

The secondary fermentation is based on tuning the beer before packaging and transferred to another vessel and is usually done after about 9 days of primary fermentation. The temperature in this phase is 15 ° C but depends on the temperature of the first phase, and thus should generally be between 5 and 10 ° C less than the first.

The type of fermentation is further divided into high or low, and the results are Ale beers (high) and Lager (low). Passing beer fermentation by low temperatures occurs in about 6 ° C and for this particular yeast that are at the bottom of the tanks. A popular top-fermented beer is pilsner.

While top-fermented beers are made with really high temperatures of 16 ° C on average. German beers or Ale are of such type fermentation.

Another type of fermentation is the spontaneous, without yeast added, usuin ghte yeast of the air. Hardly used now.

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Home wine cellar: the most common mistakes

 TAGS:The wine is a living element evolving continually, very delicate to preserve; it particularly requires sensitivity and awareness.

If you want to install a wine cellar in a villa home there are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Choose a room facing north or, at most, to the northwest and on the ground floor, which is the cooler area.
  • Ensure that the walls are thick to keep the temperature as constant as possible and insulate the bottles from noise, odor, etc?
  • Note that the ideal soil is clay or sand.
  • Find a ventilated place without much light, if it is a small, windowless room is essential to install an extractor

If what you have is a flat, you should

  • Choose the most interior room with window to a sunless yard. It is important not to have too much heat or light.
  • Adjusting the space conditioning equipment regulating light and moisture and line with suitable insulating walls: polyurethane foam, fiberglass , etc. 

The most common mistakes

The problem of space sometimes forced to adopt emergency solutions. Those solutions only get to spoil the wine. Most often you can find them on a corner of the garage, probably full of smells of gasoline and oil, plus of course the engine CO2 and thunderous noise and bustle.

The storage solutions are also often frequent. The lack of isolation and ventilation also contributes to spoil the wine. As for the kitchen closet, nothing more inappropriate: proximity to the vibrations of the refrigerator, washing machine or dishwasher and heat from fires or furnace so negatively affect the wine that most likely is that , when we drink it , it will have become vinegar.

The custom of playing winemaker at home and have a cask is a game because a home cannot mimic the conditions that occur in real cellar. If you want to save the displeasure to see that after so careful treatment wine is only good to be thrown, you should keep a distance between you and the home barrels.

 

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Viña Ulises Crianza 2005