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One Beer a Day May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

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The title says it all: one beer a day can help reduce your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. That is the conclusion of the study presented by Pennsylvania State University at the last meeting of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest cardiology referent.

The study in question was based on the analysis of blood samples of 80 thousand adults contrasted with their habits of consumption of alcoholic beverages during each quarter of the last 6 years. These blood samples allowed researchers to measure, among other factors, high-density lipoprotein levels. Indeed, maintaining healthy levels of this lipoprotein (better known as “good cholesterol”) helps prevent clogged arteries, a major cause of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The results show that people with moderate alcohol consumption, equal to one or two pints per day, maintain a healthy level of “good” cholesterol. This positive effect was more noticeable in blood samples from regular beer drinkers than those with a predilection for other alcoholic beverages.

On the contrary, it is, without a doubt, an argument that supports the conclusion of the benefits of consuming a daily beer. “A reason to raise our arm and toast, although it is probably best to do it only once,” said Shue Huang, lead author of the study.

While this is one of the largest studies in this area, it is not the only one. In fact, in Uvinum we had already talked about the positive effects of moderate consumption of beer on other items: from its stimulating qualities to brain activity and memory, to reducing health problems such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis or aging of the skin.

There is no doubt that this news will delight all those people who enjoy having a cold beer with their friends when leaving work. To all of them: Cheers!

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Rochefort 10

 

 

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Westmalle Tripel

How to pair craft beer

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In recent years, craft beers are living sweet moments while exploring a thousand flavours at once. Toasted, with bitter or a bit spicy flavours, pale or brown… Anyway craft beer must be paired correctly, and this isn’t always easy, especially for those beers we make at home.

For typical Arab or spicy foods, very strong, in which protagonists are vinegar or spices, are required pale and smooth beers, since we seeks to reduce this flavour force with the beer, fresher and rather traditional. For example, for these meals, the best pairing are beer such as pilsner or pale ale, many of which are German and Belgians.

While craft lager beers go well with Mediterranean flavours based on fish or seafood. Toasted and brown beers, which in their most traditional process offer much stronger and lasting flavours on the palate, can also be combined with some meats or stews. Dark pale ales are included here, among others.

Craft beers with bitter taste, among which we find from brown to toasted, and some pale ones, go well with smoked foods, chocolates, tasty desserts, cheese and some meats. A clear example is the Indian pale ale, increasingly known, of which we have already given some reference.

On the other hand, manchego cheese, for example, goes well with a triple fermentation Belgian craft beer. And some fish dishes are paired with smoked German beers. A type of craft beer that is also consumed with seafood, other European cheeses and sausages.

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Brewdog Dogma

 

 

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Brewdog 5 A.M. Saint

 

 

Images: KittyKaht and Uvinum

Do all beers taste the same?

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Following an investigation performed to reveal drinkers’ preferences regarding beer taste, it was unveiled that most people who enjoy beer do not differentiate between the best seller beer brands in the market.

The study, conducted by Johan Almenberg and Anna Dreber was based on a blind taste test in which 138 volunteers, 21 to 70 years old, were used.

Each volunteer received three samples of beer, of which two samples were the same product and one was a different brand, and each volunteer was invited to taste the three samples and select the beer of different brand. The task was much more complicated than expected for them, which surprised the researchers.

Using lagers of big European brands, the researchers gave the volunteers blind samples of Budvar (also known as Czechvar), Heineken and Stella Artois, but found that volunteers could not find the difference.

?Our results suggest that brand loyalty in this market is likely to be driven largely by marketing and packaging, not by the underlying sensory properties of competitive products as initially thought. The volunteers can not distinguish between the three main beer brands competing in the market?, concludes the report.

“I think that basically what we are seeing is a commodity industry, with the conclusion that they are interchangeable products?, said Goldstein in an interview.

?It also means that beer industry has perfected the pale lager beer, which is my favorite beer style. They have a good product and a good manufacturing method that can be sold at a good price?, said Goldstein.

So when going to a bar they don’t have your favorite beer and you get served another brand, you probably can not tell the difference so easily, according to this study.

Pale lager beer is a favorite of market, and leading and best selling brands around the world always have loyal fans that give them their favorite position, but we never thought that loyalty could go wrong with an unlabelled blind tasting this way.

Do you like beer? Do you think you could differentiate your favorite brand in a blind tasting? Today we recommend:

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

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Blonde Du Mont Blanc 75cl

Porter, the stout beer

 TAGS:Among the different types of beer, the ail offers more body, more consistency and personality, and gives us really strong flavors. Among these, the Porter Beer is one of the most famous, popular and sold worldwide.

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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De Molen Rasputin

 

 

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Midnight Sun 50cl

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.

Which beer do you find marries best with your food? Here are our recommendations:

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Carlsberg Beer, the tasty Danish beer 

 

 

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Desperados, you will love this gold beer, and its tequila flavour

Winebeer, what a mix!

 TAGS:To me this new invention: the winebeer sounds quite weird. Just hearing its name I start getting all kinds of flashbacks as: cherrycoke, this drink with cherry and coke mixed together (puaghhhh!) about which it was nothing good except for the melody of its ad (mostly because it was catchy) and K2, and I?m not talking about the mountain but about that invention that some enlightened mind had of mixing dark and Virginia tobacco in one cigarette … (no comment).

Luckily the ideologues who have taken this step have not gone further than white wine so we will not have to hear about a grotesque mix of red wine with beer. To mix red wine with something we already have the Coke which also originates such a social, cheap and rooted in popular culture drink as the ?calimocho?, which even has its name in Spanish and all. That?s quality.

We must try to understand these brave Americans who invented the name winebeer (even though they did not have to think much to get it). If you go to a bar and ask for it they will do a visual inspection all over your person before they serve anything else, in case you already had too much to drink.

It is said that the original idea combined Chardonnay with lager. But now they are beginning to dare doing the mix using Sauvignon Blanc as well (whaaaaat!!?????). That’s what white wine has, it inspires: sometimes too much. In northern Europe they have combined the white wine with water for years. A light chic plan for those endless days of sunshine that summer gives to you when living in those lands. Days are endless long, although very few a year.

Regarding beer there is many more people who dares to try all kinds of mix. Beer with lemon, also known as Shandy, is the star of the bar at any time during the summer. For those who like it, of course, because I prefer it solo.

However, although its short lifetime, winebeer has already been successful in some contests and beer awards. Minimum we can do is to taste it before keep on speaking about it (or criticizing it). And if anyone has already tasted it, please give us your feedback and tell us what kind of food goes better with … because I can imagine that the food pairing will be quite challenging.

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.