Tag Archives: Beer

Good News for IPA Drinkers

Now, I like IPA (India pale ale, which is a light, extremely hoppy type of beer, for the non-beer drinkers reading this), but I’m more of a porter or stout kind of beer drinker. I have some friends that are much bigger IPA fans than me, though, so this news should make them pretty happy:

A beer a day could keep brittle bones at bay. That’s because beer is rich in silicon, an element that has been linked to bone health. But what type of beer should you drink?

Previous studies have shown that silicon can aid bone growth, and that moderate beer drinking is linked to increased bone density. Now Charles Bamforth and Troy Casey at the University of California, Davis, have discovered how much silicon each type of beer contains.

They analysed 100 beers from around the world and found that the brews contained between 6.4 and 56 milligrams of silicon per litre, with an average of 29 milligrams per litre. Looking at the silicon levels in beer’s ingredients, they found that most of it comes from the husks of malted barley.

The pair found that lighter-coloured beers made from pale malted barley and hops, such as pale ales, are richest in silicon, while low-alcohol beers contain the least, along with stouts, porters and wheat beers.

Maybe I’ll up my light/dark ratio a bit. You know, for my health. You can never start too early to keep your bones nice and strong! Thanks to Instapundit for the news filtering for the day.

Europe’s Booze Belts

I discovered the Strange Maps blog a few weeks ago and just can’t get enough of it. Here’s the latest post, which breaks down Europe into three alcohol belts. As you might suspect, there’s three of them: wine, beer, and vodka, which get progressively cooler. Identifying more with the British/Scottish culture, and living in the microbrew capital of the United States (Portland, Oregon!), I’m all about the beer belt. So, this probably is my favorite part of the post:

For cultural reasons, however, the Vodka Belt has been losing ground to the Beer Belt. Scandinavians tend to drink more beer than before (although possibly this doesn’t mean they drink less wodka). Maybe this is due to the perception of beer correlating more with ‘core European’ behaviour (as it is the preferred alcoholic beverage of Britain, Germany and other influential and centrally positioned countries). That might explain the emergence in Poland, some years ago, of a Beer-Lovers’ Party (which actually won seats in the Polish Parliament in the early 1990s). Beer has since surpassed wodka as the most consumed type of alcohol in Poland.

That’s what we need in the USA! A Beer-Lover’s Party! It does sound much more fun that the Tea Party, doesn’t it?

Everybody’s Brewing Gets Oregonian Love (Kind Of)

You know, I’m from White Salmon, still visit family there quite regularly, and I still haven’t dropped by this place. Or I should say, at least since it’s been open (I did get to look around inside before it was open). Sad, but on the bright side, they still don’t have their own beer available to drink. That’s a bummer. It’s great to see them get some digital ink on the Oregonian’s web site, even if it is a beer blog, and not, you know, paper.

Brewpub in White Salmon? Yes!

I grew up in the small town of White Salmon, Washington, in the Columbia River Gorge. Small, meaning about 2000 people in the town, and perhaps 10,000 in the entire mid-Columbia area. Not a town where you’d expect a brewpub to appear. Yet, it has. I’ve known about it for almost a year now, and they’ve been open for about half of that. I don’t live in the area, though, so I haven’t had a chance to check them out for myself as of yet. I was happy to see a review online in a fairly established Northwest beer blog. Pretty heartening. I can’t wait to try their own brews once they’re available (aren’t they pretty late already?).

Down With Prohibition!

Today is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition — the War on Drugs Part One. Even though I’m not in the mood to drink, damn it, I’m digging deep down and pouring a gin and tonic in celebration. Don’t tread on me.