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If you drink beer or wine, you’ll eat better

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According to a study by Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, students who drink beer or wine in moderation tend to consume large amounts of fish, fruit and vegetables, ingredients that make up the Mediterranean diet and are the basis for a healthy diet.

In contrast, respondents young abstainers (over 1,000 between 17 and 35 years old) admitted they consume less fish instead, they eat larger amounts of meat. Meanwhile, drinkers of all forms of alcohol had a lower intake of fruits and vegetables and twice the amount of meat compared to those who drink beer or wine moderately.

According to these results, 18.9% of participants drank only wine or beer moderately, 19.5% did not drink alcohol and 61.6% consumed all kinds of alcoholic beverages, including high ranking.

The average alcohol intake was 4.3 grams per day, an amount that can be considered low to moderate, as it is less than 11.8 grams per day calculated by the National Health Survey for young adults of the same age, made between 2011 and 2012.

However, they acknowledge the controversy that exists within the international scientific community regarding recommend or not alcohol, albeit moderately, due to the negative effects that excessive consumption can have.

The results of the work done by the UMH demonstrates the importance of jointly study the diet and alcohol consumption when measuring the effects of the latter in the body. The reasearchers also pointed out that the Mediterranean diet inlcudes moderate consumption of wine in the meals thanks to its health benefits.

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Pruno 2014: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO made with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.

 

Drinking alcohol in moderation may prevent memory loss

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According to a recent study by researcher Michael A. Collins, of the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, drinking in moderation can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems in general.

However, researchers emphasize the “moderate consumption” of alcohol, the equivalent of a daily glass of wine, or 1 to 2 glasses of beer or 1 small shot of liquor for women; and to double these measures for men.

In this study, moderate drinkers were 23% less likely to develop symptoms of memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease. These benefits were seen in 14 of the 19 countries surveyed, including the US

It is not known exactly how that moderate alcohol consumption does reduce the risk of memory problems, but alcohol may have anti-inflammatory effects. And, precisely, it is the inflammation of the brain one of the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia in the population. Inflammation is also one of the symptoms in heart disease, vascular lesions in the brain, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers.

“This study is not the last word, but it offers the most completed picture,” says study researcher Michael A. Collins, who adds that “low levels of alcohol may have anti-inflammatory effects on the immune system, on the heart and on the brain.”

On the other hand, the wine turned out to be more protective than beer or spirits, according to this new report. But most studies do not differentiate between types of alcohol. 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005  is a Rioja from the La Rioja Alta cellar based on tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2010 is a red wine from this DO: Rioja based on carignan and cannonau of 2010 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

Oh, my beer friends

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In only a few weeks we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the German Purity Beer Law of 1516. This law established that beer should be only created from water, malted barley and hops. Over centuries, Bavarian breweries followed those rules in making beer. The power of the yeast was still unknown at that time, this 4th ingredient was added later to the German Purity Law. It’s a quality seal of prestige and purity, and only a few beers in the world follow these brewing conditions. After 500 years of its creation, the famous beer law continues to cause controversy over whether the beers brewed under this premise are better or not.

For instance last year, the World Beer Awards chose the best beers in the world, among which there are plenty of beers that would not comply with the law. As a result, we can only say that the law can work as a seal of guarantee of a certain way of development and quality although it’s not the only way to produce quality beers with the recognition of consumers and renowned experts.

Among the most famous brands in the world in compliance with this law we find the following:

  • Franziskaner
  • Paulaner
  • König Ludwig
  • Clausthaler
  • Erdinger
  • Einbecker

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Franziskaner 50cl:  A Weißbier beer native of Germany produced with warm fermenting and of 5% Vol. 

 

 

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Paulaner Salvator:  An abbey beer made with warm fermenting native of Germany with 7º of alcohol.

 

 

A moderate consumption of beer is good for your health

 TAGS:undefinedWe have already talked about the 10 benefits of beer, always consuming it moderately, and there are more and more studies verifying it. This time  the Spanish Society of Primary Healthcare Doctors (Sociedad Española de Médicos de Atención Primaria (Semergen)) has published a study that puts forward what benefits the moderate consumption of beer has for health. These are the conclusions:

Nutrients: One of its caracteristics is its capacity to contribute to all kinds of nutrients and bioactive compounds that can be beneficial to health. Furthermore, it is an energy supplier and can be recommendable for people with low blood pressure.

Cardiovascular Protector: The study also shows that the moderate consumption of beer has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system, protecting people who may be at risk of suffering heart-realeted diseases.

Antioxidants: Beer is a good source for natural antioxidants, a property that helps to protect the organism.

Low in calories: The doctors of this study confirm that bottom-fermented beer is low in calories.

Vitamins: Besides, thanks to its elaboration process and the number of nutrients, beer contains vitamins, polyphenols, fiber, minerals and carbohydrates.The doctors acknowledge that all this makes it a valuable part of the healthy mediterranean diet. However, it has to be emphasized that this is only valid if the consumption is moderate. To be healthy, it has to be accompanied by a well-balanced diet and a healthy way of living.

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Old Engine Oil: a porter beer made in Scotland with an alcohol strength of 6º. 

 

 

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Innis & Gunn Original: a ale beer native of Scotland with an alcohol content of 6,6º. 

 

 

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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Traquair Jacobite Ale

 

 

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Hobgoblin 50cl

 

 

It’s time to drink beer in plastic bottles?

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To date, drinking beer in a plastic bottle was not a real possibility and even did not seem an attractive option for many, but the beer industry seems to be able to change this. The renowned Japanese beer brand Kirin will be responsible for changing the way beer is packaged and consumed worldwide.

The company Mitsubishi Plastics has announced that it agreed with Japanese beer brand Kirin to deliver bottles in 1 litre format. A spokesperson for the company unveiled to The Wall Street Journal that this bottle format will also be available to craft beer producers, which could boost its growth and generate more consumer choice in the near future.

Experiments with plastic bottles have been previously made in the beer industry, but despite their benefits, they also pose risks to taste. In Japan, plastic bottles have been used since 2010 in wine, but will be the first time a global brewing company will use them for the bottling process worldwide.

Plastic bottles can end up giving problems retaining the beer gas, and for this reason the use of aluminium and glass has been given continuity. 3 years ago Heineken complied with the guidelines of the Organizing Committee for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, which demanded the most sustainable product use as possible, and started selling a special edition of beers bottled in polyethylene terephthalate. The bottle was 330 millilitres and replicated the design and colour of the company’s traditional bottle.

According to the sustainability report of the Dutch company, about 1.6 million PET bottles of Heineken beer PET bottles, which were later recycled for the production of polyester fibres.

Plastic bottles are lighter and more durable than the glass ones, but plastic does not prevent gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide to permeate and this affects the taste of beer.

Additionally, if the temperature increases, so will the antimony, which can irritate the eyes and lungs and cause respiratory, heart and stomach problems.

The other real reason why plastic has not been consolidated so far is the colour of the bottles. Beer requires to be bottled in containers of opaque colours that prevent sunlight affecting the composition of the beverage, and the PET bottle amber colour, combined with the additional layers needed to protect the drink, may make more complicated the recycling process compared to transparent bottles used by other beverages.

To address this, the bottle Kirin will launch will have a special coating in order to protect the contents from the effects of the environment. The first shipments will be distributed in sealed packages to avoid effects of the environment during the distribution process.

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Meantime London Porter 75cl: a porter beer made in England with 6.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Whitbread Pale Ale 250ml: a ale beer produced in England with 5º of alcohol proof.

 

 

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Moderate consumption of beer provides nutrients and is a source of natural antioxidants

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We have already talked sometimes about the health benefits of beer, always with moderate consumption, but there are more and more studies that confirm them. In this case the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (Semergen) has published an investigation on the benefits offered by the moderate consumption of beer. These are the conclusions:

  • Nutrients: One of its features is its ability to provide all kinds of nutrients and bioactive compounds that may be beneficial to health. It gives us more energy and can be recommended for people who have low blood pressure.
  • Cardiovascular protector: The study also shows that moderate consumption of beer has a cardiovascular protective effect, protecting people who may be at risk for heart-related diseases.
  • Antioxidants: Beer is a good source of natural antioxidants, a fact that helps protecting the body.
  • Low calorie content: The study doctors themselves say that beer is fermented in low-grade and as such it has a low calorie content.
  • Vitamins: Besides, beer, thanks to its production process and the amount of nutrients it carries, contains vitamins, polyphenols, fibre, minerals and carbohydrates. Doctors have recognized that all this include it within the much healthy Mediterranean diet. What it has been emphasized is that its consumption should be moderate and, to be healthy, its consumption must be accompanied by a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Gulden Draak: a pale ale beer produced in Belgium produced thanks to cool fermenting with an alcohol proof of 10º.

 

 

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Chimay Roja: an ale beer with warm fermenting produced in Belgium with an alcohol content of 7º

 

 

10 ideas for an original snack time

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Terraces season has begun. And so, with the heat, a snack seems like a good idea, a Spanish tradition accompanied with a nice cold drink, such as rosé wine, beer or other special drinks. Snack time is a trend, in fact there are bars specialized in it, where tapas and drinks are the usual.

  1. Anchovies and Gins. Beer is being displaced by gin and tonic, also when it’s time to snack. In fact, in the wineries drink list, gin tonics are protagonists at any time of the day. You can pair them with a classic tapa such as pickled anchovies.
  2. Martini and olives. One of the most popular drinks for snack time was Martini. It was a Sundays tradition, when people used to go out to take a good aperitif before lunch. Fortunately, now we must not wait for the weekend to savour it; We can pair flavoured olives with Martini Bianco or Rosso.
  3. Vermouth Mancino. From the classics to an innovation. This is the Vermouth Mancino, which is also Italian, and leaves bitter and spicy notes in our mouth.
  4. Healthy snacks. As the cult of the body and nature is fashionable, nothing better than to delight our palate with some good healthy snacks such as olives with grated carrots or oatmeal toasts with smoked salmon. They taste better with rosé wine.
  5. Elvers and beer. Directly from Northern Spain, elvers tapas are the most usual. If our pocket allows, order a serving alongside a chilly lager.
  6. Cheese balls and red wine. Any tapa with cheese is a perfect snack before lunch. And for pairing, it goes well with a red wine with aged flavours.
  7. With sushi. Snacks can be made with a variety of ingredients. This is the case of Eastern flavours. Remember to order about two sushi rolls with white wine.
  8. Iberians. No one can resist the Iberians. Ham, loin and chorizo ??take a new dimension when we snack. It is best to accompany them with beer or red wine.
  9. Caviar and cava. Two foods that begin with C will fill the more demanding palates. Caviar is usually consumed at events, always with a glass of cava.
  10. Oysters and rosé. In Galician towns, seafood is also eaten as a snack. Oysters may be ordered with cava or a bit of rosé wine.

If you want a great snack, we propose you the following wines:

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine of the Champagne DO vinified from pinot noir and pinot meunier.

 

 

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Miraval Rosé Magnum 2014: a rosé wine with Provence DO with the best bunches of 2014 cinsault and syrah.

 

 

August 7, International Beer Day

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Cold, of various flavors and brands… beer is one of the most international and consumed drinks during the summer. It is therefore not surprising that the International Beer Day is celebrated in August. Specifically, on August 7, a day when you can celebrate giving a tribute to this popular beverage, drinking different types of it.

This festival is celebrated since 2007, when a group of friends chose this day to celebrate beer consumption worldwide. Various events are typically held focusing on beer in a total of 25 different countries.

The website that was specially created to commemorate this day, International Beer Day, reports on the various events that will take place, especially in the United States, during the day. It also sets goals to celebrate. On the one hand, it specifies that basically has been set a specific day in order to meet friends and drink beer.

This day is also dedicated to those who serve beer throughout the year, to those who elaborate it and to set a standard day that encompasses the various beers of the world, in order to unite cultures.

In Spain, it is also celebrated in different ways, especially in bars and establishments with discounts and special promotions, although is not as important as in other countries, such as France or England where the events will be numerous.

While you can make up this day by yourself and celebrate it your way, we suggest a few options.

  • Taste beers that you have not tried so far. From traditional Belgian beers to stouts.
  • Do beer tastings. They are fashionable and are held at several venues. Usually they taste five different beers, in order to differentiate colors and flavors.
  • Cooking with beer. Enter the kitchen and treat yourself with some special dish made with beer.
  • Purchase craft beer. It is one of the types that are most talked about right now. Try craft and different flavours at places that have their own breweries.

 

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Gulden Draak: a pale ale beer from Brasserie Van Steenberge brewery of cool fermenting made in Belgium 10º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Westmalle Tripel:  a trappist beer from Brasserie de Westmalle brewery from Belgium produced with warm fermenting with 9.5º of alcohol proof.

 

Guinness: world leader in beer and advertising

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The beer brand Guinness is a reference worldwide. A stout, pure malt beer, head-quartered in Dublin, Ireland, the country par excellence on this kind of beer. Guinness is synonymous with quality and a brand that knows about advertising and graphic design, since the Guinness beer glass inspires campaigns of other products.

History

Some data explain the importance of its logo, name and references to Dublin, where the harp is one of its leit motifs. For example, its long history is remarkable, since the first data about this beer date back to 1759, when Arthur Guinness bought a disused brewery in Dublin to restore it. He didn’t predicted that it would become so successful.

Quality

The quality of the beer is self explanatory, by its distinctive flavour, which is the best possible advertising. A toasted, creamy, full-bodied flavour which offers notes of coffee and licorice. A prominent fact in the Guinness logo design is the symbol of the harp, from an Irish heraldic symbol, which identifies Irish beer since 1862.

Since then, its symbolism and design have not changed much, and they are a truly success. Guinness has made satisfaction surveys with its customers and has incorporated their words to several logos and slogans, causing a good effect among consumers of this beer.

Design

Although over the years the design of its campaigns has been modified, there is something that lasts from the beginning: the logo and the shape of Guinness glass, always dark brown in a transparent glass, which corresponds to an English pint. It is noteworthy that in its advertising campaigns Guinness incorporated different animals carrying a pint of Guinness or slogans such as “My goodness, my Guinness”.

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Guinness Draught: a black beer beer native of Ireland produced thanks to warm fermenting with 4.1º of alcohol proof. 

 

 

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Guinness Special Export Stout: a stout beer produced in Ireland produced thanks to cool fermenting with an alcohol content of 8º.