Calorie Counting

Right now, brewers in the U.S. aren’t required to disclose their beers’ calorie count on labels.
Under increasing pressure for transparency, the Beer Institute — a trade group representing
the likes of Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Heineken USA and Constellation Brands — has
unveileda voluntary disclosure initiative.. The breweries represented by the group (which
produce about 80 percent of the beer sold in the U.S.) have committed to listing nutritional
information on their bottles by 2020.

Taking such measures, however, can be extremely costly and in many cases unrealistic
for smaller breweries. Now that the FDA has made printing calorie counts mandatory for
food outlets with 20 or more locations, any brewery that wants its beers on those menus
will have to comply.

As more information trickles out during this transition, we have at least enough facts to
understand the calorie ranges of different beer styles. Lagers, pilsners and sometimes amber
ales ring in lowest, with 100 to 150 calories per 12-ounce serving. Those hazy India pale ales
that are so popular have 200 to 400 calories in the same size serving. Something like a
barrel-aged stout can pack a real punch: Just a 6-ounce pour of the Bruery’s barrel-aged
imperial stout contains 500 calories.

Why such a difference in calories among styles? Let’s take things back to where calories
in beer come from: protein, alcohol and carbohydrates, according to Mark Eurich, the
technical committee chairman for the American Society of Brewing Chemists.

The bulk of these three components come from the malt, typically made of barley or wheat.
The malt starts as a starch, and during brewing its natural enzymes convert that starch to
sugars. Added yeast then converts most of the sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohol.

It's important to note that all but the lightest session brews have more calories per-ounce
than soda, and they can add up quickly.  To help you count and thereby control your caloric
intake here' a simple way to estimate the calories/ounce.  Just multiply the ABV of the beer
by 2.5. This works for 12 oz. bottles / cans of craft beer. If your having a full pint use 3.0 x the
ABV. It's easy to do the calculation  figure so if you're counting calories do it often and you
won't be surprised by beer again. One last thing - if the beer is great the calories are worth it!
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Edited by Jim Attacap
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Here's To Good Health

A new study found that beer contains more
protein and B vitamins than wine, is high in
antioxidants, and brings with it a reduced rate of
cardiovascular disease.  Even more the study
confirmed that .beer contains trace amounts of
minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium,
phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper,
manganese and selenium, fluoride, and silicon
plus a range of polyphenols such as flavonoids
and phenolic acids.

Those compounds can lower the risk of
developing atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes and
heart disease due to their anti-inflammatory
effects. In terms of diabetes, xanthohumol, a key
ingredient used to make beer, has been found in
multiple studies to reduce the likelihood of insulin
resistance.  Regular beer, as opposed to light or
dark, has the highest levels of polyphenols.

Even more, Scientific Reports says that beer
really can make you happier, has a number of
brain health benefits as it hits a specific
dopamine receptor. The term “happy hour”
seems to have some scientific backing

The Last Blockbuster Gets Beer

The last remaining Blockbuster in the U.S. is
in Bend, Oregon. Alaska was home to a few
holdout locations, thanks to the high price of
broadband internet there, but those too closed
this summer.  

The last Blockbuster is now selling beer. The
beer is logically called The Last Blockbuster and
is brewed in collaboration with Bend’s 10 Barrel
Brewing Company.  The brewery itself was  
bought by Anheuser-Busch in 2014.

The beer will be released September 21 with a
party at—where else—America’s last
Blockbuster— and it will also be available for a
limited time at 10 Barrel’s locations - two in Bend;
one in Denver; one in Portland, Oregon; one in
Boise, Idaho; and one in San Diego..The beer is
a schwarzbier,  a traditionally German style
brewed with roasted malts that gives it a black
color and dark-cocoa flavor. A press release
says the beer “pairs perfectly with buttery theater
popcorn and your favorite movie-sized
chocolate. The label say it has  "a light body,
smooth finish, and hints of nostalgia.”