|Hops Protect The Liver
The hops found in beer not only add flavor, but
also may lessen the damaging effects of alcohol on
the liver, a new study in mice suggests.
Researchers gave mice regular beer with hops, a
special beer without hops, or plain ethanol
(alcohol). The mice that were given the beer
with hops showed less buildup of fat in their livers
than the mice that were given ethanol.
In contrast, the mice that were given beer without
hops had about the same level of fat accumulation
in their livers as the mice that were given ethanol
The researchers said their new findings may
help explain why some earlier studies in people
suggested that drinking hard liquor is more
strongly associated with death from liver
disease than drinking beer.
The new study also suggested that hops may lower
the formation of compounds called reactive oxygen
species, which are highly reactive and can cause
damage to cells in the liver.
Goose Island's Bourbon County Problems
Goose Island will release its celebrated Bourbon County beers — Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon
County Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine and Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout — on the
day after Thanksgiving, the dark, boozy brews will have one extra ingredient: pasteurization.
For the first time in its 28-year history, Goose Island will pasteurize beer. The decision was made
after four of six Bourbon County beers in 2015 developed off flavors because of unwanted bacteria.
The brewery will use a process called “flash pasteurization,” which typically involves heating the
beer to about 160 degrees for at least 30 seconds, then cooling it rapidly. Large craft brewers,
flash pasteurize at least some of their beer. (Larger brewers typically use “tunnel pasteurization,”
which exposes the beer to high temperatures for more time.)
Goose Island brewmaster Jared Jankoski said he is well versed with flash pasteurization and that
the process will not affect the flavor of Bourbon County beers. Due to last year’s infection issues,
pasteurization was “a clear decision,” he said. There are no plans to pasteurize other Goose Island
beers. Goose Island has also implemented new standards for quality control that are described as
“more sensitive and specialized media (and) advanced detection and more sampling points.
Why all the concern? In January there was a massive recall of two of the Bourbon County beers,
now two more are also showing signs of infection. Along with the Bourbon County Coffee and
Barleywine variants that Goose Island had recalled some of the company's Bourbon County Brand
Stout (the largest of last year's six releases) and Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (the
smallest) have shown evidence of souring, likely because of bacteria,
Though the scope of the more recent infections is probably not as broad as the January one, the
acknowledgment of off flavors in four of last year's six Bourbon County releases marks an even
broader snag for the most famous (and costly) brand from Chicago's oldest brewery which recently
was purchased by InBev.
While Goose Island has yet to release specific information about the latest infections or how it
plans to compensate customers. The beer industry is wondering what the fallout will be when this
year's batch of Bourbon County beers is released. Hysteria for the brand typically begins
Thanksgiving evening, Goose Island has expanded the Bourbon County distribution footprint this
year.. The super special "Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout", which cost at least $60 per bottle.
wasone of the two beers in last year's Bourbon County family not found to have unwanted bacteria.
the crossroads of the beer world
|Supermarkets Rule Beer Sales In UK
More beer is being sold in supermarkets than
pubs in Britain for the first time in history as a
trend for home-delivered restaurant food is
encouraging middle-aged drinkers to abandon
nights out. In the late 1990s pubs and other
venues had over an 80 % share of the market
but now that has slipped to 49 %
The amount sold in supermarkets and
off-licences has grown an amazing 51 % in the
past five years.
Pub bosses are blaming unrealistic price cuts in
supermarket chains where loss-making
promotions can see a pint of lager selling for as
little as 65p. By contrast pubs, where the final
price includes hefty duty, VAT and other taxes,
sell pints for around £2.50 to £4.00 depending
on the alcohol content, the brand and the area.
Beer duty accounts for 54% of the price, more
than it did in 2000 even though it has been cut
by the Government in recent years.