Big Drinking States

When it comes to beer, no state holds
a candle to North Dakota. People there drink
more than a pint per day on average—the most
of any state in the country. New Hampshire is
second, at 0.96 pints per day; Montana is third,
at 0.90;. The least beer crazed states are Utah,
Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York .
Each of them downs less than half a pint
a day per person.

No state or district drinks more wine per capita
than the country's capital.  Residents of
Washington D.C. drink more than half a glass
of wine per day on average, or roughly 25%
more than any other state.  Next is New
Hampshire, at just over 0.42 glasses per
person, per day. Last are West Virginia,
Mississippi, and Utah, which drink a paltry
0.08, 0.07, and 0.06 per person, respectively.
New Hampshire is America's biggest fan of
hard alcohol. It is the only state that consumes
more than a shot of hard alcohol per person,
per day - more than 1.22 shots per person.

The Thinner  the Glass the Colder the Beer?

According to Spiegelau one of the world's leading glass makers,the more quartz there is in
glass, the thinner it can be. Using that fact  they've come out with what they believe is the
thinnest beer glass on the market ,  Why? The claim it will keep beer colder longer. In one
lab test beer poured into a Spiegelau glass was 2.5°F colder after five minutes than beer
poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Spiegelau claims that the straight walls of a pint let beer flood into the mouth, triggering an anti-
drowning instinct that causes the tongue to press against the teeth. If this occurs, beer may
not hit every type of taste bud; it could miss sweet ones and taste bitter.

A thick-walled pint glass has the potential to hold onto and, therefore, transfer more heat
intoa beverage than a glass with thinner walls. Warm beer traps less carbon dioxide than
cold beer does, so tepid brews can lose their fizz faster.

UK's Best Beer

Timothy Taylor's classic Yorkshire bitter 'Boltmaker' has been named the best beer at The Great
British Beer Festival. It is brewed in West Yorkshire, was named the Supreme Champion by the
Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) at the Great British Beer Festival in London. It triumphed over a
huge range of tipples in seven different beer categories (Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters,
Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers, and the Speciality class), including beers from both
small microbreweries and larger brewers.

Timothy Taylor, which was founded in 1858, describes the beer as “A well-balanced, genuine
Yorkshire bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma”. Boltmaker was originally called
Best Bitter, and was first produced in the 1930s .
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world
Beer In, Soda Out

Forget the soda pop, the newest rage
among hipsters is a beer float. What else
would expect from a group that swears PBR
is a great beer?  Surprisingly, the concept really
does work for craft beer. Just pour half a bottle of
any decent brew into a glass, plop in a scoop
and dip in with a spoon. It's simple, fun,
and tasty as a treat.

Before you dismiss the idea totally, remember that
wort is predominantly flavored with malted barley.
That's malt - as in the malt shop, the hip place
for generations long ago. Though malt is sweet,
its flavor can be more complex than the cane
sugar in typical ice cream.

Just experiment a bit until you hit upon a
dessert that will wow dinner guests.  Here are a
few recommendations: Redhook Long Hammer
IPA with Yuengling Mint Chocolate Chip;
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA with Ben
& Jerry's Karamel Sutra; Troegs Troegenator
Double Bock with Turkey Hill Salted Caramel;
and 21st Amendment Monk's Blood with
Talenti Caramel Apple Pie.  
And of course follow it up by drinking
the leftover beer - straight.