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Beer and its anti-virus protection properties

 TAGS:Prevent pneumonia and bronchitis is possible and the best is the remedy. Now we have a compelling reason to drink beer as its consumption provides a very effective anti-virus protection. The most interesting thing is that benefits accrue if the consumer is a young person, as declared by a team of researchers from the Japanese University of Sapporo.

Stricter Parents must change their mindset and start considering the issue from a different point of view. Since now on, when kids escape with friends to the park or the square to hang out together with a few cans of beer, we will have to consider it almost as a preventive treatment. It only remains to claim the necessary moderation when drinking, of course.

For other people, who even though we feel very young we do not have to hide to drink a beer, this means a new stage in our life. Fruit juices, with all their antioxidants and vitamins, are still fine and digestive liquors might also be a good invention but, let’s see, who can compete with a can of beer with curative and preventive powers?

I am already thinking of investing my money buying beer, have the fridge full of them and every day do a little tasting to keep my preventive levels at proper level to be able to face the dangers of winter and its low temperatures.

I imagine that by now there are people toasting with their favorite beer to celebrate this information. Well, get ready because the best comes now: these positive effects are only proven in over ten liters consumption…

Perfect! Let the party begin! Let?s do it for the health! Hurray for the alpha acids! Hurray for the humulone! And long live to hop flowers! For those who want to be fully immunized here are a few suggestions:

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Beck´s Gold Barrel 5L

 

 

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier Barrel 5L

World leaders’ favorite drinks

 TAGS:World leaders are human. They have a favorite football team, movie, meal and even a favorite drink. Psychologists can probably get a lot from the information I will share with you in this post and they will for sure attribute all kinds of personality traits to each of these powerful leaders, based on the contents of their glass. Is it true that all beer or whisky drinkers have something in common?

Well, in the first assault we have Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. If this unrivaled couple gather together a holiday on a terrace by the sea on a sunny afternoon (we will give a bucolic touch to the matter), they both would ask for beer.

Although the favorite drink of Mr. President is actually tea, and not just any lemon or peach flavored tea, but the Black Forest Berry iced tea, he has also been seen drinking a Guinness down in one of his most Recent visits to the world capital of stout. Still, that’s not really him as his favorite beer is quite soft: the Miller Lite, in case someone wants to take note.

For Merkel I can imagine that her leisure time is more enjoyable with a wheat beer, one made with special care and all the attention in a small town in the Bavaria area, how could it be otherwise. Although I cannot really think of her singing a popular song at Oktoberfest, I must say.

Francoise Hollande promotes his country’s wines confessing himself as the number one fan of some of the French red wines. Presumably, the same thing will happen to the President of Spain, probably a good enthusiast of Ribera del Duero or Rioja, specially of the classic ones, but in these times of crisis in our country is rather time to be on bread and water.

It’s not all beer and wine, don’t worry, there are also world leaders who don’t feel shy to admit that their best friend is a spirit, or at least that some of them is among their favorite alcoholic drinks (we don’t have to be so dramatic). David Cameron is one of them, following the example of Margaret Thatcher, as both have never hidden his fondness for whisky (in moderation, of course).

Tony Blair also belongs to the malt lovers club and admits that there is nothing better than a good whiskey to celebrate a special occasion, although the wine is actually his favorite alcoholic beverage.

The wheat beer, German tradition

 TAGS:The wheat beer is unique since it is made partly with this cereal, in addition to the classic barley, basic ingredient of all beers. The proportion of wheat used can be very different, depending on the variety, and can range from 25 to 70%. Normally, all of them are usually served at low temperature (about 4 °) and in large and elongated glasses.

The presence of this grain gives to the resulting beverage different qualities from those of other beers, especially a characteristic aroma of freshly baked bread, a somewhat fruity taste, spicy notes and also smoothness due to its lower alcohol content-making it an ideal accompaniment for short or medium maturation cheeses, seafood, fish, chicken and overall dishes with not very strong taste. They usually also have a pale color, a hazy appearance, little bitterness, high carbonation and a dense and durable foam, although there are variations depending on its origin. Basically we find the following varieties:

  • Berliner weisse, characteristic of the German capital. Refreshing and light.
  • Weizenbier, typical from Bavaria and, in general, southern Germany. The richest in wheat.
  • Witbier or Bière blanche, from Belgium. They differ from the previous ones because the wheat is not malted, therefore presenting a higher density.

Other classes, such as Dunkelweizen incorporate particularities as a deeper color, product of roasting of the malts. The Hefeweizen beers are less filtered, so that gentle agitation will tend to lift the precipitated yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The Weizenbock is one of the exceptions within the so called wheat beers, since it has a higher alcohol content, while in the United States is elaborated the American Wheat, very light, or even in Catalonia we find some sample. Many of the beers flavored with fruits or spices are made based on wheat beers, given its greater lightness and responsiveness to these scents.

Lambic beer, that spontaneous treasure

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There are many beer families, prominent in different countries. Today we present the lambic beer, elaborated in Belgium, whose main characteristic is that its manufacturing process is through spontaneous fermentation.

This set them apart from other styles of beer, with no addition of yeast but elaborating them from yeast that come from nature and the environment in their region. Thus, in the same manner as in the case of wine, they are left to stand for some years in barrels and mixed with spices or fruits to obtain the desired aroma and taste.

All this process gives a somewhat dry taste, with aromas of wine and somewhat sour that gives it personality and makes it feasible to pair with all kinds of food. When it have less than 6 months of maturation is known as young lambic; if over 6 months, it’s called old lambic.

Types of lambic

Belongs to this family the classic and pure lambic beer, that isn’t usually mixed with anything, giving a somewhat sour taste that has remained during around three years of aging in its elaboration process.

For its part, the Gueuze is obtained mixing young lambic and old lambic, and must end its fermentation process several years into a bottle. They tend to be less sour than the others, have a lot of gas, more alcohol and, as we have specified, can be stored for years and improve their taste.

The fruit ones are a type of lambic beers to which are added fruits. Their taste is not sour but rather sweet, always depending on the type and amount of fruit added. They tend to be of lower quality than the classic and pure lambic, but they offer new flavors on the palate.

Very similar is the Faro, to which is added sugar, being much sweeter. They have very little alcohol and are served usually in barrel. They were quite popular in the nineteenth century, but their production is currently low.

How to produce blonde beer

Ale, Lager, Trappist, Golden Beer….there is a large number of beers but  TAGS:without any doubt the most popular and polifacetic one is the so called “Blonde” beer, or Lager beer. In the morning, during lunch, or on nights out with friends, we can find this type of beer everywhere and at any time.

The success of the “blondes” is so big that everyone has a famous brand, there are people that don’t even drink it if it’s not their favourite beer.

So what is the secret of their success? How is blonde beer produced? What is the difference between some brands and others?

“Blonde” beer is actually called “Lager”, Lagerbeers are beers with low fermentation, which means that the are fermented with special wheats that make the fermentation process slowlier. In the last steps of the fermentation process they were traditionally stored in cellars ( or “lagered”, as the name says). Because of this is was easier to filter them and eliminate residual cells and to guarantee their characteristic transparence. Nowadays the process of storage in cellars can be made in  fermentation deposits as they are thermoadjustable.

Lagerbeers are among the newest beers, they are produced since the XIX century, when in Germany “ad hoc” fermentations were invented that made possible a fermentation under low temperature.

In some places the lagers are confused with pilsener or pilser but in reality these are not synonyms. Pilsener is a type of Lager that comes from the Czech city Pilsen and which is produced with local malt and hops. This beer is bitter and has a golden colour and it became famous quickly.

The majority of the Lager we know cannot be considered Pilsener in a strict sense because of their origin, but it is true that they follow the example of Pilsener more than the traditional of the Lager. It’s up to each one  if  he prefers to call it Lager or Pilsener. 

Would you like to have a fresh blonde beer? We recommend you not only one, but three:

  • Budweiser: The number 1 American beer in the world. It’s convenient to serve it almost frozen, it’s easy in the mouth and very refreshing.
  • Heineken: It was sold as probably the best beer in the world. Although experts deny that affirmation, for sure it has much flavour and is a little bitter. For sure we have drunk it many times on our funny nights out. The dutch queen par excellence.
  • Asahi Super Dry: The most consumed beer in Japan and the most popular japanese beer in the Occident. Haven’t you tried it? You definitely should..

Which blonde beer do you prefer and when? Can you recommend us one?

The 10 most sold beers (and II)

 TAGS:Beer is one of the most versatile drinks. It always tastes the same (it doesn’t depend from vintage years as the wine) and you can find it everywhere. It will survive the end of the world as well.

 But how can one decide which is the best beer? Critics and beer lovers do not always agree but according to objective facts, the best thing to do is to look at the ranking of the most sold beers.

 Yesterday we started with the ranking of the 10 most sold beers worldwide and today we continue with the 4 most sold beers worldwide. Here they are:

4. Coronita: The position 4, which leaves it out of the podium, goes to this mexican beer. Corona, the brand with 30,4 barrels sold in 2011 increases its position on the international market with a new add campaign, started this year and an association that will permit the growth of its presence in Mexico.

3. Budweiser: This american beer with a sales record of 38,7 million barrels in  2011, keeps its market position intact with a constant increase of sales in the US, Canada, Russia, China and with a strong presence in Great Britain as sponsor of the Copla FA.

2. Bud Light: This beer is sponsor of the national hockey league in the US and is one of the strongest beer brands, with a sales record of 45,5 million barrels sold in 2011. Bud Light is the favourite beer in the US and it wants to reach worldwide fame. For that purpose it recently launched Bud Light Lime, a drink inspired of the famous Margarita flavour, a sweet option.

1. Snow Beer: This beer comes from China and is the favourite one there, it can be easily recognized by its green glass bottles and blue etiquette with white letters and a glacier. With a sales record of 50,8 sold barrels in 2011, Snow has to thank his success to the Pale beer, the most favourite in that country which is on the same level as Bud Light, that we all know in terms of quality.

The 10 most sold beers (I)

 - Without any doubt, beer is the most refreshing and worldwide recognized drink because of its variety and by the time its importance has grown that much that there are even beer sommeliers that evaluate and approve each type of this drink made out of barley.

But which ones are the best and the most recognized beer brands? Quality and sale not always goes together but if you want to know which beers are the most sold in the world, today we give you a ranking of the 10 most sold beers in the world, starting with the last 6:

 10. Asahi Super Dry: This beer  with 12,3 barrels sold in 2011 became Japan’s most favourite beer and it also expanded to 50 countries more, with great acceptance in Europe. Asahi is the golden japanese beer most sold in Europe.

 9. Brahma: With a sale record of 17,4 million barrels in 2011 Brahma tries to position itself among the most famous beers and best valuated ones, also because of the spots thast are remote-controlled to a brasilian audience, played by Jennifer Lopez.

 8. Miller Lite: This brand with 18 million sold barrels in 2011 is popular between lovers of light beers and it reached position 4 in the United States. It is as well the sponsor of the internationally recognized events of NASCAR.

 7. Coors Light: This beer is one of the growing brands of the United States with 18,2 million  barrils of beer sold in 2011, beating Budweiser and becoming the second most popular among consumers. Since today its sale has increased year after year although it is still a small brand compared to the market leaders. Its future is promising if this trend persists. Concerning the advertisinig, there are new commercials protagonised by Jean Claude Van Damme.

 6. Heineken: Recognized worldwide and with 26 million barrels sold in 2011, this green bottles with etiquettes with a red star is one of the most favourites because of its lagertype. In 2012 this brand decreased in popularity in the United States and in Europe because of its price augmentation. Its sale decreased 1,7%. Concerning the advertising and campaigns, the popularity of Heineken grew from the moment James Bond starting to drink beer instead of a classical vodka.

 5. Skol: With 29,4 million bottles sold in 2011, it positions itself on place 5 of the sales. This beer is growing on the american, british and chinese market and is extremely popular in Africa and South America. For advertising Skol used social networks and created a webpage on which you can see a brazilian music festival. Legendary, whereever you can find it, it has had a great comeback.

Next monday: The 4 first ones! Can you wait for that?

 

Types of yeast for beer

 - Yeast is an essential element to elaborate beer, since thanks to it the sugars turn into alcohol. In the process of brewing it usually stays at the bottom of the maturation tanks, depending on its kind.

Benefits of the yeast

It is often said that beer is good for health. And in good measure and with no abuse, it is true, as it has many and distinct advantages to the organism. Among the most notable, medicine recognize that it helps people with some anemia, it controls weight and provides many proteins.

In addition, the yeast purifies the skin, contains iron, vitamin B and it’s rich in folic acid, strengthening the body in times of our lives when we are stressed and spend a lot of energy.

Types of yeast

Currently, there are two types of yeast, Ale and Lager.

The Ale is also called as surface or high fermentation yeast at room temperature up to 25° C. It is typically used for home and artisan brewing essentially. While using it rises to the surface during fermentation. The result is a beer with body, with some notes of fruit and pure flavor.

The Ale yeast is often used for the production of some known beers, such as Pale Ale, Porter, wheat beers… this type of yeast is more popular and traditional, and is the one used for centuries before the appearance of Lager.

For its part, the Lager yeast or low fermentation yeast is used in temperatures up to 15° C approximately. In this case, it falls to the bottom of the fermentor during the fermentation step.

It is preferably used for industrial beers, most common, widespread and commercial. With it we obtain beers such as Marzen, Pilsners, Dortmunders and Dobel Bocks, among others.

¿Want a beer? We recommend 2 of the most classic:

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Delirium Tremens, slightly bitter and fruity, its range of flavors belies its high alcohol content.

 

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Duvel, fruity, with aromas close to white wine and also to be taken with caution (8.5% ABV)

3 beers to finish the Euro 2012

 TAGS:I always write about wine: which wines are my favorites, curious things about wine, new wines or wines I want to try. But truth is that I also love beer. In fact, there are times when a beer replaces any other option. That happens for example, when we are at home with friends, ready to see any of those football games that end up making history, in and out of the screen.

There is no better excuse to try a new beer together with the pizzas, olives and chips. That?s the atmosphere. I propose three different ones, each with its inspiration for you to try them if you do not know them yet or to remember them if they were already in your list of favorites.

As the final match of the Euro 2012 has a clear Spanish character, I decided on a Damm Inedit. Despite its name, this beer is made in Spain. In fact its production started 60 years ago. At first it was only produced from October to March, to comply with the March beer character of its true German style, but its launch success got that a few years after it started to be available throughout the year. It will be the right choice for all those who like lagers and also to those who usually prefer brown ales. The last Damm berr, Damm Inedit, was created by Ferran Adria, the great spanish chef.

Italy vs Germany -not played yet when I was writing this. The second semi-final of the Tournament inspires me to suggest to you another beer. My choice has nothing to do with the team I support, but it has more to do with my love for wheat beers. Franziskaner is a classic and, to my taste, the perfect beer to watch a football game. Its generous flavor, its long 50cl and its persistent foam makes this beer perfect for an afternoon watching a game. But before getting started on it you should know that, even if you get a pint, one is never enough.

Finally, I wanted to finish my beer proposals with one of my favorites: the Peroni Gran Riserva. This italian “birra”, with its soft flavour, delicious foam and history make it an almost unbeatable beer. Of course, I prefer a draft beer, but to drink it at home I always choose the bottle, as it is the only guarantee of the quality of the foam as we expect.

Mexican beer

 TAGS:The history of Mexican beer, created before the arrival of European conquerors to Aztec lands, is very interesting. 20 years after the fall of Tenochtitlan, in the Viceroyalty of New Spain was founded the first brewery of the Americas.

In pre-Columbian Mexico there was a variety of corn beer called tesguino, a drink used to communicate with the gods.

Mexican beers are distinguished internationally for its flavor and are produced by two giants of beer: Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma and Cerveceria Modelo. These brewer groups are part of the Dutch company Heineken and the Belgian InBev.

Mexico plays an important role in brewing, which can be divided into 6 types based on its variety, mixture of malts and method of manufacture:

  • Ale: beer brewed with not roasted malt 
  • Dark beer: made to a higher temperature than ale with malt and roasted barley. 
  • Campechana beer: The beer resulting from the mixture of differently toasted barleys, with an intermediate color between the light and the dark beer. 
  • Lager beer: aged with hop and cold drawn. 
  • Cuvées: made in certain seasons of the year such as Christmas. 
  • Non-alcoholic beer.

Mexican consumption habits include salt and lemon to accompany a good beer, and drink it as Michelada. This a mixture of beer, lemon juice, salt and a mixture of sauces; a drink for hot days and excellent remedy for hangovers.

There are some variants of the Michelada:

  • Cuban: includes Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and the glass is frosted with salt and Piquin pepper powder. 
  • Another version is made with tropical fruits such as tamarind and mango. 
  • Chelada: A mixture of beer (ale or lager), lemon juice and salt. 
  • Russian: Prepared with orange soda, lemon and salt. 

So ¡ándele! Let’s try the Mexican beers:

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Also called ?Rubia Corona? or “Corona? is the most universal Mexican beer.

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The preferred blonde to prepare a good Michelada.

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